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EDC 347 Early Childhood Prog Management
S2T 2012 DL
Prendergast, Polly D.
Instructor / Ajunct Faulty
Directors Credential State of Missouri and Kansas July 2009Master of Arts Organizaitonal Management, Concordia University - St. PaulBachelor of General Studies Human Development and Family Living Early Childhood, University of Kansas
13942 Ash, Overland Park Kansas
Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
March 12-May 13, 2012
Decker, Celia A. and Decker, John R. (2005) Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs. Ninth Edition. New Jersey: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall
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Instructor Learning Outcomes
This course requires strong reading and writing skills, highly organized study practices, and basic word processing skills. If you find that you need academic support to be successful in this course, please contact the instructor and Debra McArthur in Academic Support immediately.
1. Core assessment: (Objectives 1,2, 3, 4, and 5)
Analysis of an early childhood setting (35 pts)
Student will complete an in depth analysis of an early childhood setting using criteria of the NAEYC Accreditation Standards as a guide. Information to complete the analysis will be gathered by visiting the center, interviewing a panel of directors, supervisors and principals, and interviewing classroom staff. Staff and family handbooks will also be reviewed. Components of program management to be considered include:
• Organizational structure
• Function and membership of boards
• Identified program goals and objective of program and system in place to monitor progress toward achieving the stated goals and objectives
• Center funding sources
• How does program/center conduct an annual comprehensive program evaluation?
• How does management seek input from staff and families
• Curriculum and assessment
• Administrative support of curriculum and assessment
• Professional development opportunities
• Administrative support of professional development
• Family involvement and communications
• Support available to families
• Communication strategies with, staff, support staff, other professionals
• Risk management plans
• Maintenance and safety issues
• Nutrition and health issues
• Challenges faced by the director/principal
• Challenges faced by program/center
• Challenges faced by classroom staff
• Ethical issues faced by classroom staff
• Ethical issues faced by directors/principals
Paper will conclude with recommendations to one of the three center’s used for the interviews. Strengths and areas for improvement will be highlighted based on the analysis with a justification for each recommendation. Justifications must be supported by citing professional readings.
Additional assessments: Each week you will have two to three reflection / threaded discussion questions to answer, a reflection paper and or both. Your answer to each threaded discussion should be one short paragraph minimum and site all references (always site text). You will post your answers to the threaded discussion board. All of your classmates will have access to the discussion. This is a written format of an in class discussion. Just as if you were in class you are expected to participate in the class discussion. With that, each week you need to choose at least one of your classmate’s discussion questions and one reflection question and complete a peer review. For example – if someone wrote about a topic you were interested in you may state “Sally I enjoyed reading about your ethical dilemma and the way you solved the issue. I had a similar experience and handled by doing ……”
2. Students must complete all weekly Discussion and or Reflection Questions. (5 pts. each.)
3. Additional Reflection Papers during week 2 and 5. (10 pts.)
4. Typewritten notes will be due the week following each site visit and /or following an
interview. (I.L.O. 1,2,& 3) (10 pts.)
5. Peer Reviews each week you need to respond to at least one of your classmates discussion thread and one of your classmates reflection responses. (5 pts)
6. Investigation of professional organizations. (I.L.O. 5) (25 pts.)
The student will research two professional organizations to 1) determine mission and goals of the organization, 2) types of memberships and cost and services and benefits of membership. The paper should 3) conclude with a personal reflection that addresses why membership in a professional organization is important in supporting your growth as a professional and which organization you will join and why you selected that organization. 25 pts.
Organizations to research:
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) required
• Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
• National Association of Family Care Providers (NAFCC)
• Zero to three: National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families
• Southern Early Childhood Association
• National Black Child Development Institute
• North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
• National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers
7. Proctored Final Exam Synthesize your learning’s for the semester by writing a one to two page
letter to your future employer explaining your philosophy of leadership and program
management. Be sure to include reference to the theories, writers, observations, events,
knowledge, and values that influence your thinking from the class readings and interviews.
GRADING PLAN: The course requirements are all assigned point values. Rubrics will be provided for each of the assignments. You will earn grades on the basis of total points earned in the course. All assignments must be turned in on time. Late assignments will not be given full credit.
A= 90 percent of points
B= 80 percent of points
C= 70 percent of points
Total points available = 245
Late Submission of Course Materials:
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Assignments must be submitted on time to receive full credit. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive however technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk and print out paper copies for backup purposes. All assignments are due on Saturday each week by midnight. You will not be able to post to a weekly discussion after the deadline. You will be able to access the discussion for reading purposes. Students will write a peer review of at least one classmate’s reflection and threaded discussion. It must be posted by Thursday at midnight each week.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Each student will be an important part of the community of learners. Class participation and weekly questions constitute a major portion of the course. More importantly, the learning created through the discussion thread and group work will be essential to developing understandings of the course content. No late assignments will be accepted. At the end of each week all weekly assignments are due. This class starts on October 10, so all assignments are due the following Saturday by 12:00 midnight. You will not be able to post to the weekly discussion board after the closing date and time.
Correct spelling and grammar must be used throughout the course. Be sure to check spelling and grammar before posting to the discussion thread.
This class includes reading, writing reflections, researching professional organizations, analyzing an early childhood program and interviewing a current director of early childhood program and a finale exam. No extra credit assignments are available.
Students will write a peer review of at least one classmate’s reflection and threaded discussion. It must be posted by Wednesday at midnight.
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Each student will be an important part of the community of learners. Class participation and weekly questions constitute a major portion of the course. More importantly, the learning created through discussion and group work will be essential to developing understandings of the course content. Attendance will be considered in determining the final course grade. If you have more than 3 absences for the semester, your final evaluation will be lowered by one grade, for example, a “B” will become a “C.”
COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: Subject to change. In order to be well prepared for interviews and site visits and to participate fully in class discussion, read Decker and Decker Chapters 1-6 within the first three weeks of class.
Week one activities: Topic is Overview of an Early Childhood Program and Constructing The Early Childhood Program’s Framework. (I.L.O. 1 & 3)
Write and post a personal bio which states why you are interested in early childhood education, what inspires you about children, what you hope to learn from this class, and what are your personal interests and or hobbies. This counts as class participation for week one (5 pts)
Reading: Chapter 1 Overview of Early Childhood Programs and PART 1 Constructing The Early Childhood Program’s Framework (pages 1 – 60).
Reflection Threaded Discussion: Write a one page reflection answering the following questions:
What did you learn about early childhood administration, what are the greatest challenges for a director and what would you find exciting as a director. (5 pts.)
Threaded Discussion Questions:
From the reading - what are the major factors influencing early childhood programs?
What part of the reading interested you the most? What did you learn about program management? (5 pts.)
Each week you need to respond to at least one of your classmates discussion thread and one of your classmates reflection responses. This counts as class participation (5 pts)
Week Two activities: Topic is Establishing Policies and Procedures (I.L.O. 4 & 2)
Reading: Pages 61- 121 in text. NAEYC Code of Ethics at http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/PSETH05.asp and review the Supplement for Program Administrators at: http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/pdf/PSETH05_supp.pdf#xml=http://naeychq.naeyc.org/texis/search/pdfhi.txt?query=code+of+ethics+administrators&pr=naeyc&prox=sentence&rorder=750&rprox=500&rdfreq=1000&rwfreq=1000&rlead=1000&sufs=2&order=r&cq=&id=4522568a19
Write a one page reflection paper answering the following questions:
What might be some consequences if a director did not consistently apply policies and procedures described in the family handbook or staff manual? How would the program’s operations be affected? What effect would this behavior have on moral? Who would be responsible for bringing these issues to his or her attention? Would the NAEYC Code of Ethical conduct or the Supplement for Program Administrators guide your decisions?
The reflection will be part of the discussion thread. Reflections are due each Wednesday at midnight. No late reflections will be accepted. Responses to the discussion questions must be posted by midnight on Sunday. Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar. (10 pts)
Threaded Reflection Question:
What part of the reading interested you the most and why. (5 pts.)
Threaded Discussion Question:
From the reading – what are some of the factors that influence the effectiveness of early childhood programs? (5 pts.)
Week Three activities: Creating Quality Learning Environments (I.L.O. 2 & 3)
Reading: Chapter 6 in text.
Review NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Leadership at: http://www.naeyc.org/academy/standards/standard10/
Using the criteria from 10 A-10F Develop a list of questions you will ask each administrator during your interviews. Also, develop a list of documents you will request from the director to meet specific leadership criteria. For example a family handbook, personal handbook, vision statement. Please submit this assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar.
Interviews: By week three you should have one interview with a program administrator completed. By week six all three interviews need to be completed. Submit a one page outline of notes from your visit. Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar.
Reflection Threaded Discussion: A carefully planned physical environment can help a program achieve its goals. Identify three goals you have for a child in your care. How could each goal be promoted through a carefully created environment: For example, if your goal is to help children become good decision makers, a classroom with learning centers would give children opportunities to make meaningful decisions about what they will do each day. (5 pts.)
Each week you need to respond to at least one of your classmates discussion thread and one of your classmates reflection responses. This counts as class participation (5 pts).
Week Four activities: Financing and Budgeting / Marketing Your Child Care and Education Program (I.L.O. 3)
Reading: Chapter 7 & 8 in text.
Interviews: By week four you should have two interviews with a program administrator completed. By week six all three interviews need to be completed. Use the same questions you developed for each interview. Submit a one page outline of notes from your visit. Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar. (10 pts.)
Reflection Threaded Discussion: With many government budget crunches, funding sources for early childhood programs are limited. Under these circumstances should more affordable (and hence minimal quality) programs be offered to more children and families or should high-quality (and hence more costly) programs be offered to fewer children and families? (5 pts.)
Threaded Discussion Question:
In your community what type of marketing strategies do early childhood care and education programs typically use? Pursue the Internet and try to locate child care programs in your area. What content is presented on the Web? How easy is it to find information that you might be interested in? (5 pts.)
Week Five activities: Planning The Children’s Program / Providing Nutrition, Health, and Safety Services.
Reading: Chapter 9 and 10 in text.
Review information regarding Missouri’s Quality Rating System at:
Review information regarding NAEYC Accreditation at:
Interviews: By week five you should complete your third interview with a program administrator completed. By week six all three interviews need to be completed. Use the same questions you developed for each interview. Submit a one page outline of notes from your visit. Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar.
Write a one page statement of your philosophy of Early Childhood Education. Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar. (10 pts.)
Reflection Threaded Discussion:
How does the Program Director’s philosophy of early childhood education impact the programs vision, mission, philosophy and curriculum? (5 pts.)
As a director of a preschool program, you are writing a policy describing when children must be excluded because of illness, and when they can return. What criteria should you use to achieve the balance between a child’s need to be cared for by a family member and the family member’s need to meet the demands of a job? (5 pts.)
Week Six activities: Draft of Core Assessment Due – upload to docsharing for peer reviews and reflection. (I.L.O. 4)
Review NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct pages 355-369 in text
Threaded Discussion: How would you use the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct in an administrative position? (5 pts.)
Week Seven activities: Review of Professional Organizations (I.L.O. 5)
This week each of you will investigate two (2) professional organizations in the field of early childhood education. The assignment consists of 1) determine mission and goals of the organization, 2) types of memberships and cost and services and benefits of membership. The paper should 3) conclude with a personal reflection that addresses why membership in a professional organization is important in supporting your growth as a professional and which organization you will join and why you selected that organization. Upload it to Docsharing for peer review. (25 Points)
Organizations to research:
· National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) required
· Association for childhood education International (ACEI)
· National Association of Family Care Providers (NAFCC)
· Zero to three: National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families
· Southern Early Childhood Association
· National Black Child Development Institute
· North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)
· National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers
Peer Review is the Threaded Discussion:
This week on the Discussion Thread you need to respond to at least one of your classmate’s reviews of a professional organization. This counts as class participation (5 pts).
Week Eight activities:
Core Assessment Due (35 points) (I.L.O. 1,2,3,4,&5)
Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar.
Reflection Question – What did you find the most interesting about the class? (5 pts.)
Final Exam (30 pts.)
Synthesize your learning’s for the semester by writing a one to two page letter to your future employer explaining your philosophy of leadership and program management. Be sure to include reference to the theories, writers, observations, events, knowledge, and values that influence your thinking from the class readings and interviews.
Please submit your assignment to the “Homework Assignment” drop box basket. Please use Microsoft office word format. As always, remember to check spelling and grammar
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Attachments:Syllabus on-line347 updated january 18, 2009.docRubric for reflection and discussions.docRubric for Week 5.docHelpful Hints for writing the Core Analysis Paper.doc
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