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Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program, 9th Edition

  • Dorothy June Sciarra, Ed.D
  • Ellen Lynch
  • Shauna Adams
  • Anne G. Dorsey
  • ISBN-10: 1305088085
  • ISBN-13: 9781305088085
  • 432 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

DEVELOPING AND ADMINISTERING A CHILD CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAM is the leading and most comprehensive text for the ECE Administration course. The book is a rich source of updated information for practicing directors, as well as other administrative and leadership roles in child development and education programs. Emphasizing the director's responsibility as a leader of both people and programs in diverse communities, the Ninth Edition covers the business and interpersonal skills child development professionals need to implement an effective program for young children and their families. This is the only administration text to include curricular leadership, emphasizing leadership roles in supporting high-quality curriculum selection and implementation. In this thoroughly updated edition, the authors provide practical information on all aspects of directing a program, including curriculum funding; budgeting; selecting, training, and supervising staff; housing the program and purchasing equipment; working with children and parents; accrediting and licensing an early childhood center; and carrying out program evaluation and quality improvement strategies.


  • “Director's Corner” vignettes illuminate the material with examples described from a director's experiences.

  • “Reflections” features give readers an opportunity to pause and consider their understanding of the points being made in the text. These boxes often relate to an experience students have had or may have in the future.

  • New and updated “Try It Out!” activities appear at the end of each chapter to give students opportunities to apply what they have learned.

  • New and updated “Director's Resources,” many of which are also Digital Downloads, offer students authentic examples of materials such as forms, surveys, evaluations, and handbooks that have been used by effective directors. Many of the resources are used to complete the end-of-chapter “Try It Out!” activities.


“It is current, comprehensive, chocked full of pertinent information for new directors/administrators and yet, would provide a boost of new insights for the seasoned management system.”
— Deb Farrer, California University of Pennsylvania

About the Author

Dorothy June Sciarra, Ed.D

Dorothy June Sciarra continues to be an active early childhood educator in a diverse variety of situations. She has served as director of the child development laboratory center at the University of Cincinnati, serving children and families from a wide range of backgrounds. She also served as department head with responsibility for early childhood associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs. She has been involved in several community early childhood efforts including board membership on the University of Cincinnati Early Learning Center. She is active in 4C, a National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, and has participated tirelessly on many of its Agency training committees. She is a recipient of the 4C Early Childhood Award and was the first recipient of the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children's Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award. In 2007, 4C again recognized Dr. Sciarra's work by naming the 4C library in her honor. Dr. Sciarra has mentored many early childhood educators, including coauthor Anne Dorsey. Together they also wrote LEADERS AND SUPERVISORS IN CHILD CARE PROGRAMS (Delmar Cengage Learning). In 2010, Dr. Sciarra and Professor Dorsey were honored with the United Way Impact Award for their work in promoting appropriate early childhood education.

Ellen Lynch

Ellen M. Lynch is associate professor of early childhood education at the University of Cincinnati. Her doctorate is in special education with a focus on early childhood special education. She has been active in local and state early childhood organizations, including the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC), for which she served as chair of the Children with Special Needs Committee; the state Board of Directors; and the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. Additionally, she served as president of the Ohio Coalition of Associate Degree Early Childhood Programs. Dr. Lynch's current scholarly interests include engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and exploring the use of technology to support learning among preservice teachers. She is both an editor and reviewer for several problem-based learning journals. She has presented widely at local, state, national, and international levels on a variety of aspects of teaching young children, teacher education, and best practices for teaching in higher education.

Shauna Adams

Shauna M. Adams (Ph.D., Early Childhood and Special Education, University of Cincinnati) is an associate professor of early childhood at the University of Dayton, where she also serves as the executive director of the Center for Early Learning. Dr. Adams has taught graduate and undergraduate students in such courses as child development, preschool methods, primary methods and, early childhood advocacy, research, and leadership. As director of the Center for Early Learning, Dr. Adams promotes opportunities for the Bombeck Family Learning Center to serve pre-service and in-service early childhood professionals as a demonstration school and forum for professional development. She also advocates for children and families by serving on local and state committees that support quality early care and education and serves the University's mission by providing support for Catholic Early Childhood programming. Dr. Adams became immersed in early care and education through her work with the Bombeck Family Learning Center and has established partnerships with Head Start, Public School Preschool, Early Care and Education, and a variety of agencies that support young children and families. She worked with community partners to develop the University of Dayton's online Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy programs. She is also the lead author of the ACCESS Curriculum and has produced articles, conducted presentations, developed websites, and pursued other outlets to share this curriculum with the field of early care and education.

Anne G. Dorsey

Anne G. Dorsey is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati. She began her ECE career working in the Child Life Department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Three sons later, she taught both preschool and college courses while attending graduate school. Locally, Professor Dorsey served on the Committee of Management of YMCA Child Development and continues to serve on the UC Early Learning Center Board, the Promoting Resilient Children Advisory Board, and the SPARK Advisory Board of the Children's Home. She was a member of the NAEYC Ethics Panel, the NAEYC Professional Practice Panel, and the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children Board. Professor Dorsey visited many colleges and universities as a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners. As a strong supporter of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, she served as secretary, program chair, president, and editor of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education in its very early format, and served as president of the NAECTE Foundation. She received the OAEYC Teacher Education Award and the NAECTE Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award.

Table of Contents

1. The Effective Director.
2. Assessing Community Need and Establishing a Program.
3. Licensing and Certification.
4. Organizing Center Structure and Working with a Board.
5. Handling Financial Matters.
6. Funding the Program.
7. Developing a Center Facility.
8. Equipping the Center.
9. Staffing the Center.
10. Recruiting Children.
11. Supporting Quality Curriculum.
12. Managing the Food and the Health and Safety Programs.
13. Working with Families, Volunteers, and the Community.
14. Providing for Personal and Professional Staff Development.
15. Evaluating Center Components.
16. Marketing the Program.
Appendix A. NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment.
Appendix B. NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs.
Appendix C. NAEYC Program Administrator Definition and Competencies.
Appendix D. NAEYC Accreditation Standards for Early Childhood Programs.
Appendix E. Sources of Early Childhood Materials, Equipment, and Supplies.
Appendix F. Early Childhood Professional Organizations and Information Sources.
Appendix G. Early Childhood Periodicals and Media.
Appendix H. Director's Library.

New to this edition

  • NEW! MindTap™ for Education is a first-of-its-kind digital solution that prepares teachers by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and competencies they must demonstrate to earn an education degree and state licensure, and begin a successful career. Through activities based on real-life teaching situations, MindTap elevates students' thinking by giving them experiences in applying concepts, practicing skills, and evaluating decisions, guiding them to become reflective educators.
  • NEW! Content has been updated throughout the text to reflect the latest scholarship, data, and effective quality-improvement strategies and practices for working in diverse communities
  • NEW! Learning Objectives are correlated to the main sections in each chapter as well as to chapter summaries, focusing students' reading and showing them what they need to know, understand, and be able to apply after completing the chapter.
  • NEW! New and improved coverage of NAEYC standards includes a chapter-opening list of standards addressed in the chapter, with standards-related content identified by an icon throughout the text. The NAEYC standards and guidelines addressed include the Program Administrator Definitions and Competencies, Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs, and Accreditation Standards for Early Childhood Programs. In addition, a standards correlation chart highlights which standards are covered in each chapter.
  • NEW! TeachSource Digital Downloads are practical and professional resources that allow students to immediately implement and apply this textbook's content in the field. Students can keep these downloadable and often customizable tools forever, enabling preservice teachers to begin to build their own library of resources. A TeachSource Digital Downloads label identifies these items throughout the text.
  • NEW! The TeachSource Video Vignettes, introduced in the text and viewable online, feature footage from real child development centers and preschools to help students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Many videos are new to this edition showing how several different centers and preschools have set up their safety procedures, parent involvement and notification processes, food and nutrition programs, employee management and development practices, budgeting, and more. Critical-thinking questions provide opportunities for in-class or online discussion and reflection.
  • NEW! The “Making the Case” feature provides specific examples that demonstrate how a director might explain new and emerging emphases in the field in order to facilitate change. These boxes highlight controversial issues as well as other topics that should be of concern to the contemporary administrator.


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