Child Day Care Management Associate Program

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Our online Child Day Care Management Associate Program can provide you with the information you need to take the first step toward earning an attractive child care worker salary while focusing on the most current research and latest studies in Early Childhood Development as well as their application in multiple settings. 

Child Day Care Management

Do you love being around children? Have you ever thought about becoming a child care worker or wondered if you could start a home day care business? Our Child Day Care Management course can provide you with the information to take the first step toward gaining a rewarding career in education! Through this course, you can learn the key concepts involved in being a child care worker. You could even learn some basic ideas on how to start a home day care business!
A child care worker is a special person who helps children grow, learn, and gain new skills every day. A child care worker also provides behavioral and emotional support so children feel safe and comfortable while with a child care worker. 

Prerequisite(s): None

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment. In each modules text, you will find “in the classroom” inserts that illustrate how current findings and theories translate into real applications in daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and primary schools. This course clearly portrays the importance of the contexts within which each child develops.  Our Early Childhood Development program displays theoretical views of learning, as well as information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. 

** Course Subject to Change.

Child Day Care Management

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the elements involved in starting a daycare business
  • Recognize the requirements and considerations for planning a daily schedule
  • Identify methods for generating enrollment, solving common problems and setting professional goals
  • List example activities for early childhood curriculum
  • Identify methods and considerations for developing curriculum

Early Childhood Development

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the historical fundamentals and current theories of early childhood
  • Recall how genetics and parental practices influence development
  • Recognize how learning takes place in infants, toddlers and young children
  • Identify the elements and theories of physical and cognitive development
  • Define the social and affective development of the young child

Child Day Care Management

Child Day Care Management Module 1
Starting a Day Care Business

  • The Benefits of Family Child Care
  • Is This for Me?
  • Kinds of Home Based Child-Care Providers
  • Styles of Home Based Child Care
  • Inventory of Skills and Experience
  • Where to Start
  • Licensing and/or Registration
  • Planning to Make a Profit
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Enrollment Records and Policies
  • Setting Your Fee
  • Termination Policy
  • Hours of Operation
  • Holidays and Vacations
  • Guidance and Discipline

Child Day Care Management Module 2
Planning the Daily Schedule

  • Your Daily Schedule
  • Age-Mix of the Children
  • Your Background and Training
  • Mealtimes: An Essential Part of the Day
  • Naptime and Free Play
  • Structured Time
  • Special Events and Story Time
  • Language Activities
  • Science Activities
  • Learning Games
  • Movement Activities
  • Cooking and Snacks
  • Music and Art
  • Positive Guidance Tools
  • Discipline / Guidance Techniques
  • Decreasing Difficulty Behavior
  • Fostering Good Social Skills
  • Ten Common Guidance Problems

Child Day Care Management Module 3
Day Care Business Basics

  • Generating Enrollment
  • Screening Parents and Children
  • Setting Up Your Office
  • Computer and Printer
  • Using the Internet
  • Record Keeping
  • Solving Common Problems
  • Problems with Parents
  • Problems with a Multi-Age-Mix of Children
  • Minimizing Interruptions
  • Planning for the Future
  • Small Verses Large Center
  • Your Well-Being
  • Planning for a Substitute
  • Hiring an Assistant
  • Increasing Your Fees
  • Setting Goals
  • Being a Professional

Child Day Care Management Module 4
Creating Curriculum

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Brain Research
  • Diversity
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Process of Planning and Scheduling
  • Schedules and Routines
  • Curriculum Development
  • Themes, Units, Projects, and Webs
  • Multicultural or Anti-Bias Considerations

Child Day Care Management Module 5
The Learning Environment

  • Managing the Early Childhood Environment
  • Equipment, Materials, and Supplies
  • Language, Literacy, and Literature Defined
  • Developmental Stages of Language and Literacy
  • Brain Research: Brain-Based Literacy Learning
  • Integrating Literacy into the Classroom
  • Creativity, Art, and Music
  • Integrating Art and Sensory Play into the Curriculum

Child Day Care Management Module 6
Social Studies, Sensory Play, and Science

  • Social Studies and Dramatic Play Defined
  • Pretend Play
  • Developmental Stages of Sensory Play
  • Sensory Integration
  • Sensory Environment Checklist
  • Developmental Stages of Science Play and Learning
  • Brain Research: Executive Function

Child Day Care Management Module 7
Math and Manipulatives

  • Developmental Stages of Math
  • Activity Dependent Development
  • Integrating Math into the Curriculum
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Math, Science, Reading
  • Creating Partnerships with Families
  • Teacher’s Role

Child Day Care Management Module 8
Large Motor and Construction

  • Outdoor Play
  • Physical Activities
  • Teaching Tips Outdoor Play
  • Blocks and Woodworking
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Evaluations
  • Documentation

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development Module 1
Studying the Child: Maps and Guides

  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Historical and Current Views of Childhood
  • Children’s Rights
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Recurring Issues and Beliefs
  • Methods of Studying Children
  • Correlational Studies
  • Sources of Developmental Variation: Age and Cohort Influences
  • Evaluating Developmental Research
  • What Intergroup and Cultural Differences Really Mean

Early Childhood Development Module 2
Theories of Development: Map Makers

  • Theories in Psychology
  • Models of Underlying Theories of Child Development
  • Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Approaches
  • Behavioristic Approaches
  • Classical and Operant Conditioning
  • Cognitive Approaches
  • Biological and Ecological Approaches
  • Dynamic Systems Theory
  • A Humanistic Approach
  • Peak Experiences

Early Childhood Development Module 3
Conception, Heredity, and Environment: Many Paths

  • The Mechanics of Heredity
  • The Genetic Code
  • Canalization and Reaction Range
  • Studying Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Human Plasticity: The Rubber Band
  • Inherited Abnormalities
  • Sex-Linked Defects
  • Physical and Personality Characteristics
  • Genetic Counseling and Engineering
  • Treating Genetic Disorders

Early Childhood Development Module 4
Prenatal Development and Birth: On the Road

  • Conception and Pregnancy
  • Assisted Reproduction Technologies
  • Stages of Prenatal Development
  • Drugs, Other Chemicals, and the Fetus
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Importance of Timing and Other Factors
  • Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
  • Maternal Characteristics and the Fetus
  • Maternal Emotions and Stress
  • Childbirth

Early Childhood Development Module 5
Physical and Cognitive Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • Nutrition, Growth, and Survival in Infancy
  • Brain Growth and Motor Development
  • Sensation and Perception in Infancy
  • Smell, Taste, and Touch
  • Memory in Infants
  • Infant Cognitive Development
  • Intention, Imitation, and Morality in Young Infants
  • Sensorimotor Development
  • Early Language Development
  • From Sensation to Representation

Early Childhood Development Module 6
Social and Emotional Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • The Family Context
  • Gender Roles
  • Infant Temperature
  • Cultural Context and Goodness-of-Fit
  • Infant Emotions
  • Regulating and Expressing Emotions in Infancy
  • Parent-Infant Attachments
  • Dimensions of Good Parenting in Infancy
  • Exceptionality in Infants
  • The Whole Infant

Early Childhood Development Module 7:
Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Side Expeditions

  • Physical Development
  • Motor Development
  • Cognitive Development: Information Processing
  • Cognitive Development: Piaget’s View
  • Cognitive Achievements of Preschoolers
  • Preschool Education
  • Challenges in Early Childhood
  • Communication Disorders
  • Conduct and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intellectual Giftedness

Early Childhood Development Module 8:
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: Happy Jaunts

  • Emotional Development
  • Controlling the Emotions: The Marshmallow Test
  • Categories of Play
  • Social Play
  • Television and the Media
  • Positive Effects of Electronic Media
  • The Changing Family
  • Parenting Styles
  • Nonparental Caregivers
  • A Last Word

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

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The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Child Day Care Management

Upon successful completion of our Child Day Care Management course, students will be prepared for a job in the Child Day Care industry and, in part, for the education requirements to become an NCCB Certified Child Care Worker (CCCW).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

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Internet Connection

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*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.

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