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1 Chapter 1 The Director: A Broad View

2 Child Care in the United States: A Brief History Child Care Trends Child Care Trends Modern day reality Modern day reality

3 Management A successful program includes learning how to run a business. A successful program includes learning how to run a business. Use management software for maximum efficiency. Use management software for maximum efficiency. Maintain a balanced budget. Maintain a balanced budget. Establish marketing and public relations strategies. Establish marketing and public relations strategies. Know and implement licensing standards. Know and implement licensing standards.

4 Management-Continued Be aware of legal issues. Be aware of legal issues. Develop a work plan. Develop a work plan. Identify strengths and weakness. Identify strengths and weakness.

5 Leadership Leadership is setting a direction or vision for a group to follow. Leadership is setting a direction or vision for a group to follow. The five Cs of leadership are: The five Cs of leadership are: CharacterCharacter CaringCaring CommitmentCommitment ConfidenceConfidence CommunicationCommunication

6 Leadership-Continued To lead or to manage? To lead or to manage? Differences between what leaders and managers do. Differences between what leaders and managers do.

7 Organization Delegating responsibilities is necessary in order to accomplish all the tasks required of a director. Delegating responsibilities is necessary in order to accomplish all the tasks required of a director. Time must be used efficiently: Set priorities, plan ahead for emergencies, use a computer for record keeping. Time must be used efficiently: Set priorities, plan ahead for emergencies, use a computer for record keeping. Both short-and long-term planning are important for the smooth operation of a facility. Both short-and long-term planning are important for the smooth operation of a facility.

8 Communication Verbal messages are sometimes misunderstood or not heard. Verbal messages are sometimes misunderstood or not heard. Nonverbal messages (facial expressions, movements, eye contact, distance) are subtle communications and are not always noticed by everyone. Nonverbal messages (facial expressions, movements, eye contact, distance) are subtle communications and are not always noticed by everyone.

9 Communication-Continued Prevent problems in communication by: Prevent problems in communication by: Knowing what you want to convey.Knowing what you want to convey. Considering when to convey the message.Considering when to convey the message. Allowing enough time for feedback.Allowing enough time for feedback. Deciding where the message is to be given.Deciding where the message is to be given. Deciding how to present the message.Deciding how to present the message. Doing a follow-up, if necessary.Doing a follow-up, if necessary.

10 Communication-Continued Part of being an effective communicator is the ability to listen while others speak. Part of being an effective communicator is the ability to listen while others speak. Written reports are required for some kinds of messages: Written reports are required for some kinds of messages: Reports concerning finances: cash flow, budgets.Reports concerning finances: cash flow, budgets. Newsletters for parents.Newsletters for parents. Memos or notices when changes are to take placeMemos or notices when changes are to take place Letters to give positive reinforcement.Letters to give positive reinforcement.

11 Ethical Practices There is a need for guideline to help in difficult situations. There is a need for guideline to help in difficult situations. NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Responsibility to childrenResponsibility to children Responsibility to familiesResponsibility to families Responsibility to colleaguesResponsibility to colleagues Responsibilities to community and societyResponsibilities to community and society

12 Professional Development Directors go through several career stages: Directors go through several career stages: SurvivalSurvival Competence buildingCompetence building Enthusiastic and growingEnthusiastic and growing Career frustrationsCareer frustrations Reflective and inspiringReflective and inspiring Career winding downCareer winding down

13 Professional Development- Continued Administrative Credential Administrative Credential There is a need for an administrative credential.There is a need for an administrative credential. The state of Illinois has developed the credential.The state of Illinois has developed the credential. Associate degree for Level I Associate degree for Level I Baccalaureate degree for Level II Baccalaureate degree for Level II Masters degree or other advanced degree for Level III Masters degree or other advanced degree for Level III

14 The Directors Evaluation Self-assessment is important. Self-assessment is important. Assessment tools include an evaluation sheet or rating scale. Assessment tools include an evaluation sheet or rating scale.

15 The Directors Relation to Boards of Directors Board type and composition. Board type and composition. Board duties. Board duties. Corporations and the chain of command. Corporations and the chain of command.


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