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This popular guide offers future early childhood administrators all the information they will need to succeed in directing successful early childhood care programs. Its understandable format helps familiarize readers with the growth and development of children, the needs of families, and the laws and requirements for safe environments and healthy children, families, and employees. Topics include: The Needs of Children and Families; Programs for Children; Programs for Diverse Populations; Philosophy of the Center; Organizational Structure; Management of Personnel; Management of Programs, Resources, and Time; Health; Safety in Child Care; Planning Space and Purchasing Equipment; Record Keeping; and Finance and Budgeting. For early childhood administrators.