Philosophy, objectives, and methods for organizing and operating a kindergarten, nursery school, day-care center and play group for children below six years of age. Also includes the planning of pre-school facilities and the selection of equipment and personnel.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Thoughtful planning and administration are essential to the development and success of early childhood programs. Children are a culture’s most valuable asset. Scripture teaches (Proverbs 22:6) and research has shown that their earliest experiences have a profound impact on their lives, so parents and early childhood professionals should strive to ensure that those experiences are beneficial.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Relate biblical principles to the education of young children.
- Describe the historical roots of early childhood programs and evaluate the diversity of contemporary early childhood programs.
- Employ the administrative tasks and legal responsibilities involved in starting and maintaining an early childhood program.
- Extrapolate the various philosophical and theoretical bases for the practical day-to-day operational implications for early childhood programs.
- Differentiate between the process of licensure, accreditation, and certification in early childhood programs.
- Evaluate recruitment criteria, staff training, and evaluation processes as elements of quality in early childhood programs.
- Evaluate and apply criteria to selection or adaptation of facilities and equipment for an early childhood program.
- Analyze the impact of financial challenges on an early childhood program.
- Design a plan for organizing local community resources in a manner that is helpful to the families served by the program.
- Describe the skills and personal qualities needed by the director of an early childhood program.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences among candidates and professors, building upon the Learn materials of the course. There will be 4 Discussions in this course. Each Discussion will require an original thread of 300 words minimum. Also, 2 replies, one in response to a classmate’s thread and one in response to a classmate’s reply to the candidate’s original thread, are required with a minimum of 150 words each. (MLO: A, C, F, G, H, and J)
Reading Review Questions (15)
The candidate will answer selected review questions from each of the text’s chapters. A list of the questions is found in the Reading Review Questions Assignment Instructions, and questions may be accessed through the link to the e-book. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and J)
For each chapter read, the candidate will complete a 20-question quiz (worth 5 points each) through MindTap. Quizzes are “open-book/open-notes” and must be completed within 30 minutes. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and J
State Regulations Form
The candidate will complete the form required for this assignment by accessing his/her state’s licensure requirements for child daycare centers. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J)
Daycare Center Field Experience
The candidate will be required to visit at least 1 daycare center/early learning center/pre-school. For the evaluation, the candidate will describe and evaluate the daycare center visit using the provided checklist. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J)
Parent Handbook Critique
The candidate will critique a parent handbook of a pre-school or daycare program. Based on the material presented in the course, the candidate will make suggestions on how to align the handbook with best practices and requirements in early childhood education. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J)
As a director of a preschool program one primary responsibility is to plan ongoing professional development opportunities for your staff. Create a professional development plan by outlining staff training and a two-year cycle for ongoing professional development.
Benchmark Assignment: Program Proposal
The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation containing 20-25 slides for a proposal for a new pre-school or daycare program that could be presented to stakeholders. The following will be addressed: licensure requirements, a preliminary budget, facilities, organizational structure, personal philosophy (including biblical foundation), mission, curriculum areas and scope, and a time frame for implementation. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J)
Quiz: Final Exam
The candidate will complete a cumulative final exam of 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions based on the course content. The exam will have a 2-hour and 30-minute time limit, and will be an “open book/open notes” exam. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J)