The Program Administrator's Guide to Early Childhood Special Education: Leadership, Development, and Supervision

Volume Editors: Janeen McCracken Taylor Ph.D., James McGowan Ph.D., Toni W. Linder Ed.D.

Format: Paperback, 432 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557668059
Price: $39.95

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As more and more people become leaders in early childhood special education—often without training on staff development, budgets, proposal writing, and other crucial issues—they need a single resource that tells them everything they need to know. This is the only book that brings it all together! Equally useful as a text for preservice professionals and a trusted go-to resource for new administrators, this research-based book helps readers provide strong leadership across every key aspect of program development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

The first book of its kind to address both early childhood andspecial education, this comprehensive resource guides administrators and supervisors through all the challenges they'll face as they lead high-quality programs. Readers will discover how to

  • work toward a coordinated, family-centered system of early intervention services
  • ensure accurate screening and evaluation of young children
  • create and manage a budget using the basics of accounting
  • develop a comprehensive professional development program consistent with current best practices
  • improve staff performance through systematic, planned supervision of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers
  • integrate cost-effective instructional and assistive technology that will have a significant positive impact on learning
  • ease children's transitions between settings and types of services
  • address legal issues and liabilities related to ECSE program management
  • support the health and safety of children with and without disabilities

To help them design and manage successful special education programs for young children, readers will also get sample forms for creating IFSPs and IEPs, planning transitions, evaluating staff, and assessing the program as a whole. The ultimate professional development resource for anyone who is or plans to be an early childhood special education administrator, this book uncovers the secrets to effective services, highly qualified staff, and better outcomes for children with special needs.


Review: Reference and Research Book News
"...will help readers provide strong leadership in all facets of program development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers."

Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors

  1. Something Old, Something Newer
    Janeen McCracken Taylor, Toni Linder, and Margaret Gossner

  2. Effective Leadership
    Frank J. Masci and James R. McGowan

  3. Interagency Collaboration
    Carol Ann Baglin

  4. Screening and Evaluating in Early Childhood Special Education
    Mary Hendricks and Janeen McCracken Taylor

  5. Program Planning and Implementation for Infants and Toddlers and their Families
    Anne Hickey

  6. Program Planning for Preschoolers
    Amy Aloi

  7. Administrative Issues for Integrating Technology into Early Childhood Settings
    John Castellani and Linda Tsantis

  8. Transitions and Service Coordination
    Brenda Hussey-Gardner and Haidee Kaye Bernstein

  9. Professional Development and Mentoring
    Cynthia A. Johnson

  10. Supervision of Professionals, Paraprofessionals, and Volunteers
    Frank J. Masci and James R. McGowan

  11. Health Issues in Settings for Young Children with or without Disabilities
    W. Scott Taylor and Janeen McCracken Taylor

  12. Budget and Finance of Early Childhood ProgramsKevin J. McCracken

  13. Proposal Writing, Submission, and Grant Management
    Naomi Chowdhuri Tyler

  14. Legal Issues for Establishing and Managing an Early Childhood Special Education Program
    Andrew W. Nussbaum

  15. Early Childhood Program Evaluation
    Deborah T. Carran

  16. Safety Issues
    Sheldon Greenberg

Appendix A—Sample Individualized Education Program (IEP): Max Entering Kindergarten
Appendix B—Sample Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Appendix C—Sample Maryland Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Appendix D—Practitioner Rating Scale
Appendix E—Practitioner Evaluation Form
Appendix F—Routines-Based Intervention Rating Scale for Home-Based Services


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