At a Glance:

Catoosa: Tracy Wimberley
Tracy Wimberley, Instructor of Early Childhood Education
Office: A131
Phone: 706-965-1129
Campus: Catoosa County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Walker, and Whitfield Murray: Susan Kendrick
Susan Kendrick, Director of Early Childhood Care and Education
Office: 6108b
Phone: 706-764-3848
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Gordon: Beatriz Stitzer
Beatriz Stitzer, Assistant Dean of Public Service Technologies
Office: 307
Phone: 706-378-1720
Campus: Gordon County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Floyd and Polk: LaVerne Pruitt
LaVerne Pruitt, Instructor of Early Childhood Education
Office: J150
Phone: 706-378-1792
Campus: Floyd County Campus, Polk County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology

Early Childhood Program Administration (ECP1)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Catoosa County Campus
  • Whitfield Murray Campus
  • Walker County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus
  • Polk County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education Program Administration TCC program is a sequence of three courses designed to prepare students for a job as manager of a Childcare Learning Center or a Group Day Care Center. The program emphasizes child growth and development and management and administration issues involved in managing a child care center. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (9 hours)
Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.
Provides training in planning, implementation, and maintenance of an effective early childhood program and facility. Topics include organization, mission, philosophy, goals of a program; types of programs; laws, rules, regulations, accreditation, and program evaluation; needs assessment; administrative roles and board of directors; anti-bias program development; child development and developmentally appropriate practices; marketing, public and community relations, grouping, enrollment and retention; working with families; professionalism and work ethics; space management; money management; and program, equipment, and supplies management.
Provides training in early childhood personnel management. Topics include staff records; communication; personnel policies; managing payroll; recruitment, interviewing, selection, hiring, motivating, and firing; staff retention; staff scheduling; staff development; staff supervision; conflict resolution; staff evaluations; ethical responsibilities to employees; and time and stress management.