Managing Your Early Childhood Program
Even though you may not be an administrator, you are still the manager of your program. You are responsible for how things run and proceed every day. This is an important responsibility. You need to effectively manage time, space, resources, activities, and records. This course will cover the types of managerial tasks required to work successfully and effectively with young children and families. As early childhood educators, it is important that we provide a planned and well-run program. This involves many types of tasks, including record-keeping, observations, assessments, evaluations, and working effectively with co-workers. This course will cover the types of duties and responsibilities expected.
Required Textbook:CDA Essentials for Working with Young Children, 2nd Edition (purchased from the Council for Professional Recognition.
Other Course Materials: Students who are assembling a CDA Professional Portfolio will want to order a pre-assembled binder for their particular CDA setting. Several items for the Portfolio Resource Collection will be completed during this course.This binder can be ordered at easycda.com.
CDA Subject Area(s) and hours covered by this course:
- CDA Subject Area 1 Planning a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment ( )
- CDA Subject Area 2 Advancing Children's Physical and Intellectual Development ( )
- CDA Subject Area 3 Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development ( )
- CDA Subject Area 4 Building Productive Relationships with Families ( )
- CDA Subject Area 5 Managing an Effective Program ( )
- CDA Subject Area 6 Maintaining a Commitment to Professionalism ( )
Major Course Learning Objectives:
- Identify the types of program management tasks that are important in your work with young children.
- Illustrate the reasons it is important to conduct regular and reflective observations on young children and your teaching practices.
- Explain the types of questions that can be answered through thoughtful observations.
- Indicate the difference between testing and authentic assessment and why one is a better choice than the other.
- Describe strategies for conducting effective observations.
- Differentiate between objective and subjective observation.
- Illustrate the different types of observations and how they care recorded and interpreted.
- Describe ways to document children's learning.
- Explain how to create child portfolios for individual children.
- Illustrate methods of planning for individual children and also groups of children.
- Explain what is necessary when planning for children with special needs.
- Describe ways of presenting yourself as a professional when working with colleagues and supervisors.
- Illustrate strategies for handling conflicts and disagreements that may come up in the workplace.
- Identify agencies and services in your community that can be beneficial and helpful to your program and to the families you serve.
Students will complete reading assignments, complete assignments to be submitted online, participate on discussion boards and on weekly Zoom meetings with their classmates and instructor.