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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.


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

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program, 10th Ed. (2022)
    Sciarra, D. Dorsey, A., Lynch, E.
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
    E-text embedded in Canvas course.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

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Day Halsey is a Senior Instructor faculty member in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU since 2007. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.