HDFS 439 - Administration of Early Childhood Programs

Center administration related to program development and operations, budgeting, state regulations and licensing,and personnel issues.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with minimal licensing requirements for the state of Colorado for facilities that care for and educate young children.
  • Identify the minimal and optimal standards for programs for young children.
  • Discuss the human relations and advocacy components of the early childhood professional's responsibilities.
  • Identify and be familiar with the administrative skills necessary for running an early childhood center.
  • Define advocacy and its purpose in child care centers.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or PSY 260 (Child Psychology); completion of 60 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program, 9th Ed. (2015)
    Sciarra, Dorothy J.; Dorsey, Anne G.; and Lynch, Ellen

Course materials provided on CANVAS.


Aimee Kleisner Walker
Aimee Kleisner Walker

(970) 491-3971 | aimee.walker@colostate.edu

Aimée Kleisner Walker is a member of our HDFS teaching faculty and is the coordinator of HDFS graduate programs. Dr. Walker teaches both online and on-campus across the lifespan. Her research interests include early prevention and family support programs that address inequities among developmental opportunities; early childhood education, school readiness; pedagogy in applied human sciences; parenting across the lifespan; parenting education; and using advanced person- and variable-centered methodologies to inform intervention/prevention science.

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