Child Care Administration Online Program Description

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Our child care administration course is designed by early childhood education (ECE) experts and experienced industry professionals. It goes above and beyond certification requirements to ensure your competence (and confidence) from day one on the job as a shiny new child care administrator. You’ll gain the skills, knowledge, and best practices needed for teaching young children, working in child care centers and preschools, and running your own home-based business. Our comprehensive curriculum trains you on child development and education, health and safety, nutrition and food management, parent and family relations, and child care center management. And because our program is aligned with the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, you’ll be ready to take and pass the exam immediately upon completing your training.

Program Timeline

Your new child care administration career is closer than you think. Our program is designed to be completed in just 16 weeks of full-time study. (Based on 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.) But it’s also totally self-paced. So you have the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows. The time it takes to complete your child care administration course is up to you. If you have other stuff to juggle and need extra time, you’ll have one full year of program access to complete your training. Best of all, you don’t have to wait. You can begin today. As soon as your payment is processed, we’ll email your login and password so you can start training today!

4 months of full-time study

340 hours of training materials

Study Format

Our have-it-your-way training is always on…because it’s online. 24/7 web access gives you the freedom to study however, whenever, and wherever you want. Got a laptop? You’re ready to rock! Pretty empowering when you think about it.

Learn from home (or anywhere)

Study online (anytime)


Don’t think of your child care administration course online as e-learning. Think of it as we-learning, because we’re in it with you every step of the way. Real people (dedicated trainers, tutors, tech support, and career advisors) are all devoted to your success—from before you sign up to after you complete your program.

One-on-one support

Phone, live chat, and email

Child Care Administration Program Modules

How do you consume tons of new information? One bite at a time. That’s why our 340-hour curriculum is divided into 15 bite-size modules. Click each module to see what you’ll learn.

Managing Children’s Centers In The 21st Century

  • Discuss challenges and trends in modern centers.
  • Define standard terms, explore core competencies required, identify stages of professional development required for child care administrators.
  • Explore population trends that influence early care and education.

Types of Child Development Programs

  • Compare and contrast five types of childcare programs.
  • Discuss financing methods for child development programs and the related pros and cons.
  • Learn a systems approach to providing childcare services.

Applying Theories In Managing A Child Development Center

  • Review multiple methods for managing child development centers.
  • Learn four types of child development theories and how they’re applied by child care managers.
  • Explore five management processes and the ecological systems framework.

Reflective Management

  • Examine the importance of self-reflection.
  • Discuss management and leadership styles.
  • Understand emotional intelligence.
  • Study decision types and prioritization.

Organizational Management

  • Discuss organizational management and stakeholders.
  • Gain a working knowledge of the regulatory systems governing program operation.
  • Learn the reasons behind the regulations and how to manage within those constraints.

Fiscal Management

  • Learn what resources are needed to start and operate a child-development program, sources of funding, costs, and budgeting.
  • Discuss the relationship between parent fees, staff salaries, and quality of care.
  • Identify strategies for managing finances for a child-development center.

Personnel Management

  • Discuss steps involved in the job-design process.
  • Examine the role of authority, organizational structure, and span of control in coordinating the jobs in a child development center.
  • Overview the steps involved in staffing a child development center.

Human Relations

  • Explore the motivation of staff, as well as the importance of understanding their needs and desires.
  • Learn about techniques that foster effective communication with and among staff members.
  • Discuss the importance of professional development along with the elements of a performance appraisal system.

Facilities Management

  • Examine the considerations and day-to-day practicalities of managing facilities, including upkeep, location needs, building codes, and custodial issues.

Managing Health & Safety Issues

  • Discuss health and safety codes, worker-child ratios, the safety of equipment and facilities, background checks and legal considerations for workers, infection control, and other issues related to health and safety in the childcare environment.

Managing Food Service

  • Explore food service options for child care centers, child nutrition, food storage, budgeting and cost, guidelines for families, and food allergy considerations.

Educational Programming

  • Explore the major approaches to learning and education in early childhood, including philosophies of child learning, common learning programs, and standards and objectives related to learning in the childcare environment.

Family Engagement

  • Examine the role of families in the child care environment. Topics include family and parental involvement, family and staff interaction, volunteering, and related legal considerations.

Marketing & Public Relations

  • Explore various methods of marketing child care programs, including online and offline marketing, social media, word of mouth, and promotion.

Assessment & Evaluation

  • Discuss the importance of excellence along with various means of assessment and evaluation, including surveys, objective and standards-based assessments, and data-driven changes to a program.

Child Care Administrator Certifications

Earn the industry’s most widely respected credential and validation of core competency. Getting your CDA is the best first step in your early childhood education career path. (Seventeen states accept the CDA credential to work as a child care director.)

Child Development Association (CDA)