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Director's Training 40-Hour Workshop


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40-Hour Director's Training online and classroom


Course title: Effective Planning and Administration of Programs for Young Children 
Offered in partnership with The Shepherd's Academy for Teaching Excellence.
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This Bright from the Start:  Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning workshop equips participants with child care program planning and administration knowledge and skills including licensing, legal issues, developmentally appropriate practices, marketing, budget, facilities management, staff development, parental/community relations, ethics, professionalism, diversity and more… The course may be completed online or face-to-face classroom.  Participants must demonstrate an application of effective behaviors and practices that support proficiency in all of the Georgia School Keys of Excellence. Course assessments utilize the Georgia Leader Keys Performance Appraisal System leading to individual professional growth goals. Performance-based assignments are connected to individual professional growth goals and lead to growth in principal competencies; situational appraisal, decision analysis, analysis and utilization of data for maximizing student achievement, standards-based instruction, relationship development, leading change, effective school operations, etc. The Director’s Training/Educational Leadership program rule requires that a state approved professional program offer a preparation program described in the program planning forms, catalogs, and syllabi that conforms to the Common Core Knowledge Standards listed in the preparation rule 505-3-.58. The following indicators of these standards and elements are offered to better clarify the scope of the standards and elements. All of the Core Knowledge Standards must be addressed at the knowledge level, at a minimum, in the program. All standards and elements must also be demonstrated through performance based activities.

Administrative Learning Objectives and Competencies


Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to coordinate an effective child development program. ADM-1

Demonstrate the ability to develop (business, personnel and parent/child) policies and procedures and effectively communicate them to parents, staff and community.  ADM-2

Complete a feasibility study and plan for marketing their program in the community at large. ADM-3

Demonstrate knowledge of employment law in developing personnel policies, systems, and the ability to articulate the rights of the employee and the rights of the employer. ADM-4

Demonstrate knowledge of facility management regulations which meet state and national safety standards. ADM-5

Demonstrate legal knowledge regarding regulatory standards, custody issues, mandated reporting,  confidentiality, labor, and anti-discrimination laws. ADM-6

Acquire public relation skills and develop  community collaboration. ADM-7

Develop a financial plan including a start-up budget and three year projection, in addition to reviewing various accounting methods. ADM-8

Develop relationships with organizations which encourage professional development and a long term professional development plan.  Programs will meet accreditation standards for NAEYC and ACSI. ADM-9

     Programs which use the model provided will be structured to meet national health and safety standards as well as the accreditation standards of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).


Registration Information: (please download the form above or email the instructor for a form at

Early Bird (deadline postmarked on or before 30 business days prior to the workshop) 

Walk-in Registration (deadline postmarked 5-29 business days prior to the workshop) 

Assistant Director or Administrative Assistant attends the same session half price with the paid advance registration of a Director           

Walk-in Registration fee $25 for fees paid after the 5 day pre-registration deadline.

Online registration includes a Director's Training manual and valuable forms.

The workshop is based upon the following textbook:  Click, Phyllis. Administration of Schools for Young Children. 7th ed. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.  Participants are advised to purchase a copy.

Cancellations/Substitutions: Substitutions may be made up to two days prior to the session.  If you cancel your registration up to five business days before the classroom workshop or prior to logging into the online version, your registration fee will be refunded less a $30 service charge.  Cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing (email acceptable).  Registration may be transferred to a later session date once.  No refunds will be allowed after the registration deadline (5 days prior) or logging into the online classroom.  See the online refund policy below

Tax Deduction:  The expenses incurred for ongoing professional development are tax deductible, when completed to maintain or improve professional skills.  Your accountant can provide details. 

Credit card and debit card payments are accepted.

Make checks payable to:  Penn Consulting or Althea Penn

Send registration to:  Althea Penn, Educational Consultant

P. O. Box 392006   Snellville, GA 30039


If you are registering as a walk-in, you may wish to call prior to the session to confirm slot availability and to receive information regarding schedule or location changes. 

Accommodations:  Email us at penntraining to receive directions and a list of area hotels.


Participants interested in accreditation need  the following supplies:

2 - 2” Presentation Binder/Notebook and 12 Section Divider Tabs


File Folders (12), Portable File Folder Bin and File Folder Labels



Attendance:  Participants must complete the entire 40 clock hours of training (including the 10 hours of practical applications) in order to be awarded a certificate.  Otherwise tardiness and absences are deducted from the 40 hours.


Facilitator:  Althea has a passion for excellence in early childhood development programs and their availability to every child.  She is an amazing presenter with over eighteen years of experience in educational administration.  She holds a National Administrator Credential, a Master’s degree in Education Administration and an undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership.   She is a Child Development Council Professional Development Specialist for the national CDA credential. She has written several state approved training curriculums and has facilitated numerous adult education courses, conferences and seminars.  She is an enthusiastic independent consultant, helping child care programs obtain licensing and perform institutional assessments which lead to accreditation.  She will share real-life experiences in program management and development.

Order your copy of the textbook Effective Planning and Administering of Programs for Young Children below:

Director's Training Special Promotional Rate $275.00
Save $250.00 Online course

Director's Training Special Promotional Rate $300.00
Save $175.00 Face-to-face classroom sessions

The Early Education Program Administration Toolkit provides sample handbooks (parent and personnel), enrollment and employment forms. This tool saves time and money as you prepare homework assignments. Whether you are beginning a new program or school year this entails assembling volumes of records. There are numerous forms to be adopted and this toolkit will make your job easier. It provides every tool needed to plan and administer a program that promotes optimal development in each stakeholder. The forms comply with current federal and state rules and regulations, in addition to the National Health and Safety Standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Board of Health. Using the toolkit will help protect your rights, save time, and money. Why re-invent the wheel when the work has already been done for you?

Director's Training (Two participants-same center promotional rate)

Director's Training (Three participants-same center promotional rate)

Discounted early bird registration rate
Director's Training Classroom Face-to-face $385.00

Discounted early bird registration rate (2 staff members)
Director's Training Online $635.00 ($385+$250)

Director's Training
Regular Rate

Director's Training
Discounted Rate (Additional staff member, re-enrollment online)

Director's Training
Two person rate $735.00 ($485+$250)

Director's Training (four participants-same program)
$1,200 promotional rate $300/person

Director's Training Online
Promotional Rate $1,500.00 5 staff members

Transfer from online to classroom Director's Training $100.00

Penn Consulting will refund 100% of an online student’s registration fee provided the online course has never been accessed and the course access period has not expired. If the course has been accessed or the course access period has expired, no refund is available.

Registration on a first come, first served basis.  Schedule subject to change.   Updated 011014

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