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PSYC 351T Early Childhood Programs: Regulatory/Financial/Facility Management

This theory seminar is designed for administrators of early childhood programs. Students review major historical events and discuss current trends in the development of regulations and standards for early childhood programs including licensing regulations, accreditation standards, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated reporter regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and Child Custody regulations. Students examine the elements of a business plan and budget including accounting, fund-raising and computer application. Students also evaluate the design and maintenance of the physical facility of an early childhood program.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 24, 2002 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Describe major historical events in the development of regulation and standards for child development programs, and discuss current trends.
  • Describe the elements of effective fiscal management of a child development program and apply them to an existing program.
  • Evaluate the design and maintenance arrangements of the physical facility of a child development program.
  • Explain, create, and evaluate the elements of a business plan and budget for a child development program.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.