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The Visionary Director, 2nd Edition: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center

The Visionary Director, 2nd Edition: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center

Authors: Deb Curtis, Margie Carter, Deb Curtis
Product Code: 539801
ISBN: 978-1-60554-020-7
Format: Softbound
Softbound $44.95 Qty: 



Create a larger vision in your child care program and perform your job as a center director with motivation and creativity. Early childhood leaders Margie Carter and Deb Curtis provide inspiration and support as you put your dreams and goals into action.

Updated and revised to reflect current best practices, this second edition of The Visionary Director reflects new requirements and initiatives in early childhood programs. You will find a concrete framework for approaching and organizing your work, as well as principles, strategies, and self-directed activities to support your vision for building a strong learning community for your staff and the young children in their care.

With ideas, direction, and encouragement, The Visionary Director provides:

  • A vision of early childhood programs in the twenty-first century
  • A synopsis of "systems thinking" and how it pertains to developing the culture of your program
  • Stories from center directors and how they brought their visions to life
  • Detailed examples of how to translate your values into innovative practices for your center
  • Summaries of promising initiatives around the country
  • A list of recommended resources to support your journey



Softbound, 336 pgs.

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Review: The Midwest Book Review- California Bookwatch February 2010 - February 1, 2010
The Visionary Director: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center is a 'must' for any early education library. It appears in its second edition to reflect the latest best practices and blends in new requirements for early childhood programs. From frameworks for organizing work and clarifying principles and strategies to examples of how to translate values into center practices, this is a director's bible of facts.
Review: February 2010 Book News Inc. - February 1, 2010
Aimed at childcare center directors, this handbook explains how to develop leadership and organizational systems in a way that is related to a clear vision and set of values. They describe the principles and strategies for supporting a vision of early childhood programs as learning communities, and the three aspects of a director's work: building and supporting a community, mentoring and coaching, and managing and overseeing. Elements such as budgeting, fundraising, and financial management are not covered. This edition has been updated and revised to reflect current best practices and incorporates new requirements and initiatives in early childhood programs. It has a new chapter containing stories of directors and more emphasis on creating organizational structures and systems to support a vision. Carter has been a teacher, curriculum developer, childcare director, and college instructor. Curtis has been an infant/toddler caregiver, childcare teacher, education coordinator, college instructor, and assistant director of a childcare program. (Annotation 2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)


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