EDUC143 Childcare Standards and Regulations

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC143 Childcare Standards and Regulations
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an overview of formal regulations and acceptable standards impacting childcare programs. Students will compare and contrast local, state, and federal regulations, and the agencies that set and enforce those regulations. The student will be introduced to procedures necessary to maintain program compliance.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. define a daycare center, group child daycare homes and family daycare homes;
    2. describe and compare local, state and federal regulations;
    3. identify agencies that enforce regulations for daycare centers;
    4. describe Department of Public Welfare regulations for a daycare center, group child daycare homes, and family daycare homes;
    5. describe Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations for nursery schools and private kindergartens;
    6. describe procedures that insure program compliance;
    7. describe ethical considerations involved in opening a daycare center;
    8. describe successful parent and staff conferences; and
    9. establish files and maintain records.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. History of Government Regulation of Daycare
    2. Department of Public Welfare Standards
      1. Staff credentials
      2. Building requirements
      3. Staffing requirements
      4. Program requirements
      5. Record keeping
    3. Department of Education Standards
      1. Staff credentials
      2. Staffing requirements
      3. Program requirements
    4. Health and Safety Standards
    5. Federal Regulations
    6. Starting Your Own Daycare Center
      1. Budgeting
      2. Staffing
      3. Building codes
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Current daycare regulations. Articles from Education journals. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/99; New Core 8/2015