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Understanding, Managing, and Leading: Early Childhood Programs in Canada, 1st Edition

By Jane Bertrand
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Soft Cover
336 pages
ISBN-10: 0176251804
ISBN-13: 9780176251802
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

Understanding, Managing and Leading: Early Childhood Programs in Canada will introduce you to the main types of services and programs that employ members of the early childhood workforce. It provides information on the different forms of provision, supply, cost and funding arrangements, program delivery, regulatory requirements, quality, system and policy issues. While the primary focus of the book is on the part of the sector that works in regulated child care, a number of other early childhood programs and services will be described.The book’s 10 chapters are divided into three sections: Understanding Early Childhood programs; Managing Early Childhood programs; and Leadership in Early Childhood programs.Overall, Understanding, Managing and Leading teaches how to create the best facility for the child, parent and worker.


  • Three types of boxed inserts: 1. "From the Past" Historical examples that provide insight in today's practices 2. "Beyond Our Borders" International examples that complement or contrast with practices in Canadian early childhood settings 3. "Innovations" Selected examples that illustrate a unique or exemplary practice.
  • Sample forms and procedures: Found in the appendix, they support the material in Section 2 and are set up around a hypothetical early childhood program.
  • Web icons: Indicate further material or web links that are available on the web site

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: The Purpose of Early Childhood Programs
  • Chapter 2: Public Policy Context
  • Chapter 3: About Quality
  • Chapter 4: Governance
  • Chapter 5: Operations
  • Chapter 6: Human Resources
  • Chapter 7: Financial Management
  • Chapter 8: Vision and Action
  • Chapter 9: Continuous Learning
  • Chapter 10: Advocating for Children, Families and Communities
  • Appendix
  • Glossary
  • Photo Credits
  • References
  • Index

Author Information

Jane Bertrand

Jane Bertrand is an early childhood educator who graduated from the ECE diploma program at St Lawrence College in Kingston in 1975. She also has a B.A. in psychology from Queen's University and a M.Ed. in early childhood from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Jane is currently a faculty member in the Early Childhood program at George Brown College. She has had many opportunities to work across the early childhood sector - in programs, policy development and research. Recently she has participated on the Toronto First Duty Research and Development team, the research and writing team for the Early Years 2: Putting Science into Action and contributed to the development and revisions of the Science of Early Child Development, a multi-media curriculum resource.