HDFS 439 - Administration of Early Childhood Programs

  • 3 credits

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 towards:


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or PSY 260 (Child Psychology).

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.

Textbook and Materials

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


  • Colo. Gen. Rules/Regul. Child Care Facilities (revised 8/11)
    Div. of Child Care/Colo. Dept. Human. Srvcs. Rules/Regs./Interpr. Memos
  • Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program, 8th Ed. (2013)
    Sciarra, Dorothy J.; Dorsey, Anne G.; and Lynch, Ellen

Course materials provided on CANVAS.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

(970) 227-0354 | Day.Halsey@colostate.edu