CHD 270 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                      Date: January 2015


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education

Course Number & Title: Child Development 270, Administration of Childcare Programs


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk          Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk          Lab: 0          Lec/Lab Comb: 3


I.         Catalog Description: CHD 270 Administration of Childcare Programs (3 cr.) Examines the skills needed for establishing and managing early childhood programs. Emphasizes professionalism and interpersonal skills, program planning, staff selection and development, creating policies, budgeting, and developing forms for recordkeeping.


II.           Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: This course surveys many skills for designing, organizing and administering early childhood education programs. Students become familiar with the specific licensing requirements and other state-mandated rules and regulations for administering early childhood education programs. This course also prepares students for making informed decisions about their own careers in early childhood education. This course directly relates to Program Outcome 2 – Planning for child care


III.        Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites     necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) from ENF 2. Because students may have close contact with young children at the child care center located on the DCC campus, a negative TB screening test is required.

            Note: CHD 270 should be completed during a student’s last semester of study in the Early Childhood Development Associate Degree Program.

           This course satisfies a general elective requirement.


IV.               Course Content (list the major topics):

A.     History and development of early childhood education programs.

B.     Major philosophical perspectives concerning the purpose, organization and administration of programs.

C.    Specific practices related to owning and or operating a child care center.

D.    Licensing requirements and other state-mandated rules and regulations for operating a child care center.

E.     Current trends in early childhood education and major issues affecting the future direction of early childhood programs, including issues related to the changing nature of the family.


V.                 Learner Outcomes:


The student will:

VI.               Evaluation

A.             Research historical, philosophical, and theoretical bases for early childhood education programs.

B.             List the practical components of different types of early childhood education programs.

C.            Demonstrate a working knowledge of current issues and trends in the childcare field that are affected by the changing nature of family.

   D.         Review the requirements for a Director’s involvement in programs in order to constitute minimum and quality standards and to explore the role of the director in a community.

  1. Develop communication skills and a variety of procedures to use when communicating with parents about child development, programs, and problem solving.
  2. Examine a variety of methods for directing an early childhood program including budget, facilities, and equipment.
  3. Examine the roles of a program as a business partner, community member, and advocate for children and families in the field of early childhood.
  4. Examine professional ethics in the early childhood profession.

Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment defined by the instructor.


Possible assignments include but are not limited to the following:

·         Develop a “mock” child care center plan (including name, logo, staffing plan, budget, etc.)

·         Develop a mission and vision statement for the child care plan.

·         List community resources available to help with child care center needs.

·         Make a materials list for each classroom in the final center plan.


VII.     This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

Cultural and societies