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AC #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment

Examine the external factors and relationships that impact early childhood program quality and ability to flourish. Understand how an individual child care program fits into the broader community it serves, from the local, state and national levels. Assess community needs, marketing principles, and regulations, accreditation standards, funding sources, advocacy and public policy.

This course can be applied to the Child Care Administration Certificate.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the external factors and relationships that affect children’s programs
  • Knowledge of licensing laws and regulations, other legal requirements and approvals, funding requirements and incentives, accreditation standards, and the ability to incorporate these requirements and incentives into program planning
  • Knowledge of current research findings on quality in early care and education and the ability to apply these finding to program development and implementation
  • Ability to analyze data to assess the community supply and demand for early care and education programs
  • Knowledge of basic concepts of marketing and the ability to apply them to program strategies
  • Ability to identify prospective funding sources, including new funding sources, to become familiar with effects of funding requirements on program policy
  • Awareness of skills needed to write proposals for funding
  • Knowledge of the configuration of community agencies and government officials at the local level including resource centers and family support centers, and rationale for collaboration
  • Understanding of the relationships between the vision, mission, strategy, culture, goals and objectives of an organization
  • Knowledge of the role of administrators in policy leadership and community collaboration


AC #1 or AC #2

Dates and locations to be announced.