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ECHS 1710 - Child Care Management

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: ECHS 1150  and ECHS 1200  all with grade C or better

This course will focus on the administration of early care and education programs to support the student in developing the necessary knowledge and skills to manage programs and lead staff. The student will demonstrate the ability to maintain a healthy and inclusive environment, assure developmentally appropriate curriculum, manage a budget, create hiring and evaluation criteria for staff, describe effective family communication, meet licensing regulations, and demonstrate an awareness of NAEYC accreditation criteria and procedures.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to compare and contrast various program philosophy statements.


  1. Identify goals contained in a philosophy.
  2. Design developmentally appropriate activities to meet goals contained in the philosophy.


Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the financial responsibilities of an administrator.


  1. Review financial documents with the purpose of identifying ways to improve the program’s fiscal position.
    1. Budgeting - Income and expenses
    2. Record Keeping
    3. Fundraising
  2. Develop a marketing plan.
  3. Create a marketing flyer.


Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to analyze the State of Michigan childcare licensing regulations to determine program compliance.


  1. Examine licensing regulations to plan appropriate practices and routines for early care and education programs.
  2. Identify regulations for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
  3. Plan a weekly menu
  4. Design a health and safety practices plan.
  5. Identify regulations for fire, tornado and emergency incidents.
  6. Outline the caregiver to child ratio requirements for programs. Include all age groups of children.


Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to design criteria for the employment process; including hiring, evaluation, termination, and opportunities for professional development.


  1. Describe effective personnel management and leadership qualities.
  2. Create a job posting.
  3. Review resumes and choose appropriate candidates to interview.
  4. Construct questions to be used during the interview.
  5. Create a formal assessment tool to evaluate staff performance.
  6. Measure staff competency at designing curriculum.
  7. Create a staff improvement plan.
  8. Implement a staff training presentation.
  9. Describe professional development opportunities available for early educators.
  10. Interview a director.


Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify elements of effective communication to support staff and family involvement in the program.


  1. Explain factors needed to create a diverse and inclusive environment.
  2. Develop a plan for communicating with parents and staff.
  3. Describe ways schools can encourage family involvement.
  4. Outline conflict resolution strategies.
  5. Plan a family event.


Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to describe the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s accreditation standards and process of evaluation and accreditation.


  1. Use the standards to plan effective routines and practices.
  2. Use standards to evaluate program practices and curriculum.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

Week Topic
1 Employment criteria
2 Administrator responsibilities
3 Philosophy, goals and objectives
4-5 Marketing, Licensing
6 Developmentally appropriate activities for all ages, NAEYC guidelines
7-8 Nutrition, food policies and regulations, building maintenance, health and safety
9-10 Staff issues
11 Working with families
12 Finances
13-15 Program quality, accreditation standards

Primary Faculty
Boni, Lisa
Secondary Faculty
Alward, Brenda
Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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