Director’s Entry Level Training Course

Course Objectives:

  • To understand how to hire and develop a professional staff for a child care program
  • To be able to develop a child care program’s policies, procedures, and general philosophy
  • To be able to involve families in the day-to-day activities of the child care center
  • To identify ways to communicate with staff, families, and the community about the center
  • To understand how to assess the needs of children, evaluate staff and parental satisfaction, and assess the overall effectiveness of the child care center

This course is designed to introduce you to a variety of subjects. The course is broken up into six units, each providing important information about the various responsibilities of being a child care director. Although each unit covers a particular subject matter, it is important to remember that each of tehse aspects of child care direction can indirectly affect one another. The following is a breakdown of each unit:

*Unit one will discuss hiring and staff development and what role you play as a child care center director in the professional development of your staff.

*Unit two will outline what policies and procedures you will want to have in place for your child care program.

*Unit three will deal with program planning and how you as the child care director can create a child care environment that encourages growth and learning.

*Unit four will highlight what policies and procedures you should follow when handling children and their families.

*Unit five will identify the best communication practices for relationship building with families and staff as well as marketing your program to the community.

*Unit six will detail for you the various evaluation techniques you have available to assess children’s learning and development as well as assess the performance and attitudes of staff, and assess family’s perspectives.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to read a few additional resources that will give you more information about the individual topics. Topics include communication, technology, budgeting, and legal issues.

Thank you for considering CECPD for your educational needs. We hope to provide you the kind of professional development opportunities that will assist you in your exciting career as a child care director. Your work is vital to the community. CECPD prides itself on providing the best opportunities for you to develop as a professional. Thank you again and enjoy the course!

Unit 1 Introduction Director's Entry Level Training Pretest Unit 1 Glossary Staff Qualifications – Introduction Staff Qualifications – Introduction pt.2 Directors Teachers and Other Staff Background Checks for Employees Licensing and Professional Requirements Licensing and Professional Requirements II Licensing and Professional Requirements III Presentation 2: Professionalism, Guidelines for Staff, Employee Benefits, and FMLA Master Teacher Qualifications Director Responsibility Presentation 1: Hiring Procedures and Staff Qualifications Unit 1: First Staff Orientation Orientation Checklist Tools Staff Development Types of Professional Development Professional Development Requirements for Licensing Unit 1: Final Unit 2 Introduction Unit 2 Glossary Risk Management Risk Management and Confidentiality Confidentiality Child Abuse Prevention on the Premises Recognizing and Reporting Abuse Presentation: Risk Management, Confidentiality, Child Abuse Unit 2: First Facility Layout and Management Building Requirements Safety Outdoor Considerations Staff Responsibilities Monitoring Visitors Unit 2: Second Budgeting Four Basic Areas of Expenses in a Budget Four Basic Areas of Expenses in a Budget II Four Basic Areas of Expenses in a Budget III Budget and Finances Unit 2: Final Unit 3 Introduction Unit 3 Glossary Developmentally Appropriate Practices The Teachers Role: Knowing How Children Develop Brain Development Overview of Child Development Addressing Physical, Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Needs Guidelines for Working with Children with Special Needs Unit 3: First Develop Center Philosophy and Teaching Curriculum Teaching Curriculum Teaching Curriculum II Staff Pattern Scheduling The Environment Use Space to Reach Your Goals Interest Centers Unit 3: Final Unit 4 Introduction Unit 4 Glossary Getting to Know Families The Family Handbook Open-Door Policy Family Orientation Attendance and Field Trips Family Involvement and Resources Families in the Classroom Resources for Families Unit 4: First Record Keeping Health Records Dietary Unit 4: Final Unit 5 Introduction Unit 5 Glossary Communicating with Staff Staff Meetings Staff Meetings II Staff Meetings III Staff Meetings IV Staff Meetings V Staff Meetings VI Communication Logs Presentation: Communicating Unit 5: First Communicating with Families Telephone Conversations Parent Bulletin Board Written Communication Written Communication II Families Communicating with You Families Communicating with You II Unit 5: Second Marketing and Public Relations Introduction Public Relations Marketing Marketing II Marketing III Additional Marketing Tools Additional Marketing Tools II Additional Marketing Tools III Using Technology Communications Program Management and Record Keeping Program Management and Record Keeping II Program Planning II Additional Tools Additional Tools II Marketing – Website Design Unit 5: Final Unit 6 Glossary Developmental Screening Developmental Screening II Assessing Children Assessing Children II Assessing Children III Assessing Children IV Assessing Children V Assessing Children VI Assessing Children VII Assessing Children VIII The Director's Role The Director's Role II Applying Children’s Assessments Program and Staff Evaluation Introduction Program Evaluations: The Basics Program Evaluations: The Child Care Environment Program Evaluations: The Child Care Environment II Program Evaluations: The Childcare Environment III Program Evaluations: The Childcare Environment IV Program Evaluations: The Childcare Environment V Program Evaluations: The Staff's Perspective Program Evaluations: The Staff's Perspective II Program Evaluation's: The Family's Perspective Program Evaluation's: The Family's Perspective II Program Evaluation's: The Family's Perspective III Family Input Application: Using Evaluations to Enhance the Program Staff Performance Evaluations Staff Performance Evaluations II Staff Performance Evaluations III Staff Performance Evaluations IV Unit 6: Final Director's Entry Level Training Post-Test Oklahoma DHS Registry Information for DELT