Today's early childhood educators face management and strategic challenges in an increasingly turbulent environment; rapid growth demands increased managerial proficiency. In order to meet these critical challenges, agency leaders must develop entrepreneurial competencies and a firm understanding of core management theories and principles. At times, even the most successful organizations need to redefine business goals and create innovative strategies to excel at a new level.
The Management Development for Early Childhood Educators (MDECE) programs offered by UCLA Anderson School of Management provides leadership and management training to participants, enabling them to implement strategic improvements within their organizations. By strengthening agencies that educate young children, we aim to raise the standards of service to children and families nationwide.
Each MDECE course is an intensive certificate program and is customized for its participant group. Instruction in current theory and practice in such areas as Organizations & Strategy, Finance & Accounting, Operations, Personnel Development, Systems Thinking, and Marketing is conducted by The Anderson School's award winning faculty as well as by experts in the fields of public policy and early childhood education. Additionally, participants learn from each other as they engage in group strategy sessions, applied workshops, case discussions, and networking functions.
The MDECE classes provide strategic leadership tools that foster team-building within each organization. The team approach ensures that participants collaborate to strengthen their agencies, preventing responsibility from falling solely on one individual. We believe that a strong entrepreneurial management team that works together to plan strategy, set goals, and develop processes is essential to an environment that fosters the healthy development of children. We emphasize the term entrepreneurial as a "can do" "make it happen" attitude which, over time, promotes strategic thinking, cultivates a bias for action, and enhances each manager's capacity to succeed.
Our training concept is based upon an award winning program for Head Start Directors nationwide that UCLA Anderson has been running for over a decade. More than 1,000 directors have been trained, and their individual successes - as measured by subsequent performance appraisals - have been outstanding. We invite you to explore these extraordinary opportunities to advance your leadership and management skills.