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Sample syllabus CD 129

Saddleback College

CD 129 – Administration of Young Children’s Settings: Management

 

Course Description:  Designed to prepare administrators of settings for young children.  Emphasis is on preliminary steps: start-up, licensing requirements, operational and on-going costs, recordkeeping, managerial decision-making, time management, legal issues, regulations and requirements.

Course Objectives:  Upon completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe and evaluate aspects of setting up a new school.
  • List regulations of state and county licensing agencies
  • Describe and evaluate the organizational framework of various types of schools for young children
  • Describe and explain the duties of a policy-making body in schools for young children.
  • Analyze a complete cost analysis for setting up and operation of a school for young children
  • Evaluate all aspects of office management
  • Evaluate time planning techniques.

 

Recommendation:  It is strongly advised that this course be taken after the student has completed CDES 101, 110 and English 200.

Required Texts:

Sciarra and Dorsey, Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program, Thomson Delmar Publishers 8th Edition, ISBN 978-1-111-83338-1 

Course Policies

 Written Assignments:  All students are expected to produce college-level work.  One of the goals of this class is to prepare students to be successful professionals.  Part of having a successful image is the ability to produce neat, legible, coherent, and grammatically correct written materials.  Grammar and spelling should be correct and do influence the points given on assignmentsIt is strongly recommended that students have someone else proof read assignments prior to turning them in.  All assignments must be typed.

  • Late assignments will be accpeted for up to half credit up to one week after the due date.  Assignment due dates are posted on the course calendar.  Exception: Discussion boards must be done in the week they are assigned in order to get any credit.  Any entries after the week ends (Monday at midnight) will not be given any credit.
  • If you will be traveling during the semester, make sure you know where there will be internet access as I expect you to always be able to find a connection and I do not extend dates unless the Saddleback server is down.
  • All work submitted as an attachment must be saved in either an .rtf or .doc type file and must include first and last name and ticket number just as if you were going to print it and turn it in. 
  • Students must retain copies of assignments until grades are posted at the end of the semester.  If a recording error should take place, the student must show the instructor the returned assignment with points posted for credit.
  • Confidentiality:  In this class, we will be discussing various observations of real people.  In accordance with Principle 2.9 in the Code of Ethical Conduct (NAEYC, 1998), all efforts should be made to protect the privacy of children, parents, students, and staff.  We will identify children by using their first name only.
  • Academic dishonesty and cheating: There is a zero tolerance policy for academic dishonesty and cheating in this classroom.  All assignments must be original work by the student done for this class only.  During exams, any talking or unauthorized use of notes will be considered cheating.  Students will be given a zero on any project/assignment/test which violates this policy and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed with the college.

 

 

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

  • Discussion Boards: Discussion boards are our main source of communication with each other and so comprise a very important part of the class.  In order for us to build meaning together and to learn from each other, we need to be involved in conversations with each other.  Each week, you must post an original thread in response to the information posted on the week’s Discussion Board.  Most weeks, you will be directed to post your first thread by Friday evening. Topics for each week’s discussion will be posted in the Assignments folder.    It is important to check into the discussion area at least 3 times each week.  Everyone must make a thoughtful response to the designated number of classmates by the end of the week (Monday at midnight).  You will not receive any credit for observations posted after the week ends. 
  • Licensing Analysis: You will review  and analyze documents required by the state of California to open a child development center.
  • Classroom Design Project: You will design a classroom for a specified age group.
  • Weekly assignments: you will have a variety of weekly assignments which require practical application of reading and discussion.

 

NOTE: All Assignments must be submitted via blackboard or they will be marked as late

  • IMPORTANT: Be sure you keep a copy of anything you send to me in the mail or post on Blackboard.  If the server goes down, this will save you a lot of work!

 

 

CD 129 Course Calendar –Sample (may be revised)

Week

 

Topic

Reading Due

Assignment Due

1

 

Online orientation

The Working Director

Developing Interpersonal Relationships

Chapters 1 & 2

Online articles

Discussion board

 

Policies and Procedures

 

2

 

Assessing Community Needs

Licensing and Certification

Chapters 3 & 4

Discussion board

 

Licensing analysis

3

 

Organizing Center Structure and Working with a Board

 

Chapter 5,

Online articles

Discussion board

 

Your organizational structure

 

4

 

Finances and Funding the Program

Chapter 6 and 7

Discussion board

 

Director Funding Interview

5

 

Developing the Facility

 

Chapter 8

Online articles

Discussion board

 

6

 

Equipping the Center

Chapter 9

Online articles

Discussion board

 

Your Perfect Classroom

7

 

Marketing the Program

Enrolling the Children

Chapter 11 and 12

Online articles

Discussion board

 

Website Marketing

8

 

Managing the Food, Health and Safety Programs

 

Evaluating Center components

 

Chapter 13, 14

Discussion board

 

Nutrition newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule and assignments above to better meet the needs of the class.

 

 

 

 

Note: if you have a specific learning disability and require accommodations, please let me know at the first class meeting so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.  You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Saddleback College Special Services Office in the Student Services Center, Room 113.  Many services are available to you as a Saddleback College Student, including testing.  All discussions will remain confidential.

 

 

 CDES 129 Course Calendar

Week

Topic

Reading Due

Assignment Due

1

Online orientation

The Working Director

Chapter 1

Discussion board

Weekly Assignment 1 – explore the site

2

Developing Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter 2

Discussion board

Weekly Assignment 2 -Job Enrichment Strategies

3

Assessing Community Need

Licensing and Certification

Chapters 3&4

Discussion board

Licensing analysis

4

Organizing Center Structure and Working with a Board

Chapter 5

Discussion board

NAEYC review

5

Finances and Funding the Program

Chapters 6&7

Discussion board

Weekly Assignment 3 - Director Funding Interview

6

Developing the Facility

Mid-term exam

Chapter 8

Discussion board

Midterm (avail Friday-Sunday)

 

Spring break

 

 

7

Equipping the Center

Chapter 9

Discussion board

Funding proposal

8

Staffing the Center

Chapter 10

Discussion board

Weekly Assignment 4 - Staffing

9

Marketing the Program

Enrolling the Children

Chapters 11&12

Discussion board

Weekly Assignment 5 - Brochure/forms analysis

10

Managing the Food, Health and Safety Programs

Chapter 13

Discussion board

Weekly assignment 6

11

Evaluating the Program

Staff Development

Chapters 14&15

Discussion board

Director Shadow

12

Working with Families, Volunteers and the Community

Final Exam

Chapter 16

Discussion board

Final exam (available Friday-Sunday)

 

The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule and assignments above to better meet the needs of the class.