CFD 3250 Lecture 15: Planning A Successful Early Childhood

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Child and Family Development
CFD 3250
Victoria Voland

Planning A Successful Early Childhood • An Effective Director must be knowledgeable o In many areas of the center’s operation o Must be sensitive to external factors that would impact its operation o Have a vision –for a high-quality program o Vision must align with the sponsor’s purpose o Based on an articulated philosophy of care and education o Care and education should reflect cultures and values of the children and families served o Meet a community need o Share vision with stakeholders o Develop a mission statement, and its implementation o Plan your program assessments/evaluations Strategic Planning – 4 Step Process • Identify core values – as a staff • Create a vision statement – this is a description of what program is striving to achieve • Mission statement – a succinct description o What the program is doing now o Who it serves o Why it exists • Evaluation Plan – to reach short-term and long-term plans Developing A Statement of Your Program’s Core Values • Early Childhood education core values (as a staff) o Appreciate childhood is a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle o Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn o Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family o Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community and society o Respect the dignity, worth and uniqueness of everyone (child, family members and colleague) o Respect diversity in children, families and colleagues o Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect • NAEYC- Code of Ethics (personal/professional ethics) Theories of Teaching & Learning • Centers approach to teaching & learning is based on theories of child development. o Pedagogical (the nature of teaching) o Epistemological (the nature of learning) Brief Review of Early Childhood Theory & Philosophy • The field’s prominent theoretical positions come from: o Psychological theories on how children learn o Ecological perspectives – sociocultural context • Maturational View o Trace roots to Jean-Jacques Rousseau o Children growth is and increased maturity is a natural process that unfolds ove
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