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AC #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment Available Online


Examine the external factors and relationships that impact early childhood program quality and ability to flourish. Understand how an individual child care program fits into the broader community it serves, from the local, state and national levels.


ED POL 584 (Credential Course #4)
3 cr. U/G

The course content includes how to assess community needs, basic marketing principles, laws and regulations, licensing and accreditation requirements, collaboration with other organizations, developing funding resources, advocacy and public policy, and working for and with change.

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the external factors and relationships that affect children's programs
  • Knowledge of licensing laws and regulations, other legal requirements and approvals, funding requirements and incentives, accreditation standards, and the ability to incorporate these requirements and incentives into program planning
  • Knowledge of current research findings on quality in early care and education and the ability to apply these finding to program development and implementation
  • Ability to analyze data to assess the community supply and demand for early care and education programs
  • Knowledge of basic concepts of marketing and the ability to apply them to program strategies
  • Ability to identify prospective funding sources, including new funding sources, to become familiar with effects of funding requirements on program policy
  • Awareness of skills needed to write proposals for funding
  • Knowledge of the configuration of community agencies and government officials at the local level including resource centers and family support centers, and rationale for collaboration
  • Understanding of the relationships between the vision, mission, strategy, culture, goals and objectives of an organization
  • Knowledge of the role of administrators in policy leadership and community collaboration

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AC #1 or AC #2
Dates and locations to be announced.
Email us with your interest, contact:
Miriam Malone, Program Manager,, 414-227-3133


Leadership Credential Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

Program Development Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

UWM Early Childhood Winter/Spring 2015 Catalog

Download the PDF

T.E.A.C.H funding is available for tuition assistance to qualifying Wisconsin applicants. Call 1-800-783-9322 ext. 7240; or visit www.wisconsin