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Budgeting Practices

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Budgeting Practices

The process of developing a budget can sometimes seem like the least exciting aspect of being an early childhood administrator. Many administrators would rather spend time working with staff, fostering relationships with families, and getting to know the children in their program. However, an effective budgeting plan is essential to clarifying program needs, achieving program goals, and keeping your program running smoothly. For this week’s Application, you will analyze effective budgeting practices and consider which practices you might incorporate into your own program.

To prepare for this assignment, you will interview an administrator of an early childhood program to learn about the budgeting practices they implement. Use the following questions to guide your interview:

Who are the stakeholders involved in the budgeting process? If no one else is involved, why do you develop the budget yourself?
What type of budgetary system do you use? (You may need to explain zero-based and site-based budgeting.) Describe any technology you use to help you develop your budget.
What do you do to minimize risks (e.g., petty theft, fraud, embezzlement)?
What role does your program’s vision, mission, and/or goals play in developing the budget?
How do you determine your program’s needs?
Do you do any fundraising or grant-writing? If so, explain what you did and whether it was an effective way to raise money for your program or not. What would you do differently next time you need to raise funds? What would you keep the same?
What challenges did you experience when you first began budgeting an early childhood program?
Do you have any suggestions or strategies for new administrators who will eventually create a budget for a program?

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