Program Director Resources

This list of resources for program directors is continually being updated. Please contact Northern Lights to share other program director resources that you have found useful.


  • NAEYC Online Store
  • Child Care Center Management Guide. Cherry, Harkness, Kuzma and Bates. McGraw Hill 2002.
  • Handbook for Early Childhood Administrators: Directing with a Mission. Reno, Stutzman and Zimmerman. Allyn & Bacon (Apr. 30th, 2007)
  • The Art of Leadership: Managing Early Childhood Organizations.  Neugebauer, Bonnie and Roger. Exchange Press, Inc. (September 1998)
  • Planning and Administering Early Childhood Program. Decker, Celia A., and John R., Freeman, Nancy R., Knopf, Herman. Prentice Hall; 9 edition (September 5, 2008)
  • The Visionary Director: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center. Margie Carter and Deb Curtis. Redleaf Press; 2 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Leadership in Early Care and Education. Kagan, Bowman. NAEYC; January (1997).
  • The Right Fit: Recruiting, Selecting and Orienting Staff. Kay Albrecht. New Horizons (2002).Child Care Center Management Guide. Cherry, Harkness, Kuzma and Bates.
  • Child Care Exchange
  • Exchange Everyday (free newsletter)

Professional Development

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