Program Planning as a Leader
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Program Planning as a Leader
Prior to beginning work on this assignment
The word program in early childhood education refers to the planning of the curriculum, which also includes the instructional practices, the daily schedule, the routines for caring for children, and the recreational activities, such as outdoor play (Gadikowski, 2013, Section 4.1). Educational administrators are the instructional leaders of their schools and centers primarily in the planning of curriculum. For this assignment, you will choose a particular age group (infants, toddlers, or preschoolers), and design (outline) a program that is developmentally appropriate.
*Describe the role of the early childhood administrator as an instructional leader implementing high-quality program models, theory, and curriculum into your early childhood program.
Briefly describe the learning and developmental needs of your chosen age gro
Analyze how your program will address the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children in this age group (give specific curricular ideas for each area of development), as well as classroom management, individual assessment, and the daily schedule.
Explain how your program aligns with the philosophy, vision, and mission statements you created in Week
Discuss how your program aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) indicators of effective curriculum, as outlined in Chapter 4, and found in the position statement
Discuss a plan of professional development to train staff on how to implement high-quality program models, theory, and curriculum into their specific environments.
The Program Planning as a Leader paper
Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centers APA Style (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
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Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
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Must use at least two credible sources in addition to the course text and the NAEYC position statement.
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Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centers Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.
Gadzikowski, A. (2013). Administration of early childhood education programs. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu
Chapter 3: The Business Side of Early Childhood Education: Policies, Procedures, Financial Management, and Marketing
This chapter introduces characteristics of the policies and procedures that administrators use to manage early childhood programs.
Chapter 4: Planning the Program
This chapter presents an overview of programming, the actual content of the services provided by an early childhood program.
Bright Horizons. (n.d.). Our curriculum (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/fl/tampa/huntersgreen/curriculum
This web page provides information about an early childhood education program in Tampa, Florida. This page provides four different curriculum examples for different age groups and will assist you in your Program Planning as a Leader assignment this week.
Accessibility Statement does not exist.
Primrose Schools. (n.d.). Primrose School at East Lake (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.primroseschools.com/schools/east-lake
This web page provides information about an early childhood education program in Marietta, Georgia and provides an example of curriculum for different age groups and will assist you in your Program Planning as a Leader assignment this week.
Cengage. (n.d.). Sample budget form (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.cengage.com/resource_uploads/downloads/0495808989_226293.pdf
This resource provides an overview and example of a budget form that could be used in an early childhood education program will assist you in your Financial Decisions Scenario discussion this week.
Accessibility Statement (Links to an external site.)
National Association for the Education of Young Children. (1995). Quality, compensation, and affordability (Links to an external site.) [Position statement]. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSQCA98.PDF
This resource from National Association for the Education of Young Children outlines best practices for maintaining affordable and high-quality child care programs. This article provides information about budgeting and will assist you in your Financial Decisions Scenario discussion this week.
Accessibility Statement does not exist.
National Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education. (n.d.). Where we stand on curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation (Links to an external site.) [Position statement]. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/StandCurrAss.pdf
This joint position statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education discusses the key components of high-quality early childhood education programs. This resource provides information about high-quality programs and will assist you in your Program Planning as a Leader discussion this week.
Accessibility Statement does not exist.
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