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Preschool administration refers to the oversight and management of both the adult work environment and the daily experiences and interactions of young children in early childhood education settings, for example, preschools, child care centers, and nursery schools. Administration of programs for young children is a critical element of early childhood education because the way a program is managed has a large impact on the overall quality of the environment for the children in its care, children’s families, and the staff who work with children and families on a daily basis. The following entry offers an explanation of the role of administrators in preschool programs and a discussion of the importance of this administration to global quality.

Preschool settings can be either nonprofit or for profit, a ...

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