Administration & Management


Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items (pdf) – This document published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children outlines the standards and assessment items that provide guidance to all programs about making improvements regardless of whether they intend to seek accreditation. Leadership and Management begins on p. 115.

Organizational Leadership (webpage) – This Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center resource page provides resources to help navigate effective management tasks and relationships. Some of the many topics include building communication systems, oversight & leadership systems, and designing effective record-keeping systems.

Head Start A to Z, 2.0 (webpage) – In the Head Start Learning for New Leaders modules, explore Head Start’s history, guiding regulations, and management systems, and find easy-to-adapt resources to tailor professional learning for staff and other stakeholders.

WI DPI Educator Standards (webpage) – The Wisconsin Educator Standards outline characteristics of good teachers, pupil services professionals, and administrators, by identifying components and defining qualities of best professional practice. These standards are incorporated into Wisconsin Educator preparation programs and are used by Wisconsin educators to guide career-long professional development. There are 11 Administrator Standards.

The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System (webpage) – A learning-centered, continuous improvement system designed to improve the education of all students in the state of Wisconsin by supporting guided, individualized, self-determined professional growth and development of educators.

The Wisconsin Administrative Credentials (webpage) – The Administrative Credentials include the Registry Administrator Credential, Registry Leadership Credential, and Registry Program Development Credential. Each of these credentials provides practical knowledge and job-specific skills to support administrators, directors, and leaders in the early care and education field. Specifically, the Leadership Credential explores the importance of excellence and diversity in early care and education programs and the role of vision and reflective practice in reaching these goals.


Updated 11/07/2022