ECE 293 - Financial Strategies for the Business of Early Care and Education

Course Description

This course will examine financial and business management strategies associated with managing a childcare center. Topics covered will include marketing, budgeting, business plans, for profit versus nonprofit financial strategies; grant writing, enrollment, cost of care and staffing issues. This course is designed as an interactive, hands on approach to learning for the center director or the early childhood professional who would like to be a center director.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Basic principles of accounting and budgeting.
The advantages and disadvantages of for profit versus non-profit early care and education centers.
Business plans and marketing strategies.
Human resource management.
True cost of care.
City and state agencies that provide financial support to families and early care and education.
Basic principles of grant writing.

Prerequisites: AAS or AS in ECE or related field OR completed 45 hours towards an AAS degree.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: 45 credits towards the ECE degree