Director’s Entry Level Training Course

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Course Objectives:

  • To understand how to hire and develop a professional staff for a child care program
  • To be able to develop a child care program’s policies, procedures, and general philosophy
  • To be able to involve families in the day-to-day activities of the child care center
  • To identify ways to communicate with staff, families, and the community about the center
  • To understand how to assess the needs of children, evaluate staff and parental satisfaction, and assess the overall effectiveness of the child care center

This course is designed to introduce you to a variety of subjects. The course is broken up into six units, each providing important information about the various responsibilities of being a child care director. Although each unit covers a particular subject matter, it is important to remember that each of tehse aspects of child care direction can indirectly affect one another. The following is a breakdown of each unit:

*Unit one will discuss hiring and staff development and what role you play as a child care center director in the professional development of your staff.

*Unit two will outline what policies and procedures you will want to have in place for your child care program.

*Unit three will deal with program planning and how you as the child care director can create a child care environment that encourages growth and learning.

*Unit four will highlight what policies and procedures you should follow when handling children and their families.

*Unit five will identify the best communication practices for relationship building with families and staff as well as marketing your program to the community.

*Unit six will detail for you the various evaluation techniques you have available to assess children’s learning and development as well as assess the performance and attitudes of staff, and assess family’s perspectives.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to read a few additional resources that will give you more information about the individual topics. Topics include communication, technology, budgeting, and legal issues.

Thank you for considering CECPD for your educational needs. We hope to provide you the kind of professional development opportunities that will assist you in your exciting career as a child care director. Your work is vital to the community. CECPD prides itself on providing the best opportunities for you to develop as a professional. Thank you again and enjoy the course!

Lessons

Director’s Entry Level Training Pretest

Please complete the following pretest before taking this course. There is no minimum passing score required for this pretest, but you must complete the pretest in order to complete the…

Unit 1 Glossary

Background screening: A check on a potential employee which includes a criminal background check. Child Care Restricted Registry: An online database of individuals who have confirmed abuse or neglect in…

Staff Qualifications – Introduction

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[twocol_one] Finding the right staff is key to any operation. Directors, teachers, administrative staff, and others make up the foundation of the child care program. Each of these individuals performs…

Staff Qualifications – Introduction pt.2

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[twocol_one] Some Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Staff When hiring staff there are many qualifications to look for. The most important of these are the person’s amount of experience…

Directors

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[twocol_one] Directors are the managers of the child care program. They provide guidance and leadership to the staff. The decisions they make affect children, staff, families, and the community. Some…

Teachers and Other Staff

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[twocol_one] Teachers Teachers are vital to child care operation. They serve the most important people: the children. Teachers are responsible for: The care and education of the children Communicating and…

Background Checks for Employees

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[twocol_one] When reviewing staff qualifications, there are a number of things to keep in mind such as: Background checks Licensing and professional requirements Background Checks Child Care Services (CCS) requires…

Licensing and Professional Requirements

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1. LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES: The requirements to operate a child care program are written by the state. Some programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start also meet…

Licensing and Professional Requirements II

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[twocol_one] 3. STAFF QUALIFICATIONS: Key factors in creating a quality program include: The teachers’ training in child development The teachers’ positive interactions with children Licensing requirements include: The minimum age…

Licensing and Professional Requirements III

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[twocol_one]Most states require a director to have at least a high school diploma. A few states require some college training while others require certain training in early childhood education. Some…

Master Teacher Qualifications

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1. Qualifications According to Oklahoma Child Care Licensing Requirements all master teachers are required to: A. Be at least 18 years of age B. Have obtained the qualifications at Level…

Director Responsibility

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DIRECTOR CREDENTIALs FOR OKLAHOMA During the early 1990s, a trend toward director credentialing began. The idea came about through the work of those in the field. They saw the need…

Presentation 1: Hiring Procedures and Staff Qualifications

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OUTLINE: 1. Hiring Procedures 2. Staff Qualifications (Learners will click on the following positions within the presentation to learn more): * Director – Includes information: o Responsibilities o Being a…

Staff Orientation

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[twocol_one]Once you have hired the appropriate staff for your program, begin the orientation process. Orientation is your opportunity to introduce the staff to their new working environment. It also sets…

Orientation Checklist

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Here is an example of an orientation checklist (this checklist does not include all the topics that must be reviewed prior to having sole responsibility for a group of children):…

Tools

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[twocol_one] ORIENTATION VIDEO/DVD You may want to create an orientation presentation outlining your center’s policies, procedures, and philosophy. This presentation should cover those points you wish for employees to learn…

Staff Development

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[twocol_one][/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] The overall purpose of applying a model of professional development is to improve the quality of the children’s experiences. Professional development refers to skills and knowledge obtained through…

Types of Professional Development

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Many types of professional development options exist. It is the director’s responsibility to be aware of professional development opportunities in the local area. The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development…

Professional Development Requirements for Licensing

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Basic skills training simply identifies a skill deficiency and tries to solve it. Most people have had skills training to learn new software or how to operate a machine. Staff…

Unit 2 Introduction

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Before we continue, let’s review what you have accomplished. You have: *Identified the necessary requirements for potential child care staff *Information about what to include in staff orientation *An understanding…

Unit 2 Glossary

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA): A law which protects individuals from having their medical records viewed by people whom they DO NOT give consent. This law states…

Risk Management

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

A. Assessing Risk As a director, it is important to consider the risks your program may encounter. Managing and reducing risk helps create a safer and healthier environment for children…

Risk Management and Confidentiality

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Please click on the picture to the right. This presentation discusses risk management and confidentiality. It may take some time to load.

Confidentiality

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It is important to maintain confidentiality in matters dealing with children, their families, and other staff members. Policies should be created and applied that keep people’s personal information protected and…

Child Abuse

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Child abuse is a reality that must be dealt with in child care. There are many children in this country who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. An estimated…

Prevention on the Premises

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Careful pre-employment screening and use of criminal record checks are very important when trying to prevent abuse at the center. There are several types of abuse that directors should look…

Recognizing and Reporting Abuse

In most states, it is required that professionals who work with children and suspect abuse must report it. This makes it very important that directors and teachers in child care…

Presentation: Risk Management, Confidentiality, Child Abuse

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Risk Management, Confidentiality, Child Abuse Explanation of the presentation: This Flash presentation will be interactive. Learners will be able to navigate the presentation at their own pace. There will be…

Facility Layout and Management

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The safety of a facility is extremely important. A director should be well aware of any safety concerns within or around the building. A building free of hazards is critical…

Building Requirements

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C. Building Requirements Governmental requirements will usually determine much of the design of your building. Within these rules, many safety issues are addressed: TOPIC: SAFETY ISSUES Exits Number and type…

Safety

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D. Safety In child care facilities, safety practices should help enforce center safety rules (Sciarra & Dorsey, 2002). For example, children have a tendency to run inside. Staff can handle…

Outdoor Considerations

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It is helpful to have classrooms on the ground floor when it comes to outdoor considerations. This allows children to go easily from their classrooms to the outdoor fenced-in area.…

Staff Responsibilities

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F. Staff Responsibilities The director is the main person responsible for ensuring that a basic safety plan is in place and is being followed. However, each staff member should be…

Monitoring Visitors

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G. Monitoring Visitors It is important for the program to be aware of people entering and leaving the center. It is a good idea to have visitors check in at…

Budgeting

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The formation of a budget should be for a specific time period. It should estimate the costs for all expected goods and services. A budget will list all projected sources…

Four Basic Areas of Expenses in a Budget

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When putting together a budget, there are four basic areas of expense that are covered in any size program. These areas are: 1. Personnel 2. Facilities 3. Programming 4. Equipment…

Four Basic Areas of Expenses in a Budget II

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College Tuition Reimbursement Many people today realize the importance of a college education to improve one’s job opportunities. Helping staff with the costs of school is a great way to…

Four Basic Areas of Expenses in a Budget III

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FOOD Food is another costly item and must be given serious consideration. It is important for the program to set aside enough funding to meet the nutritional requirements of children…

Budget and Finances

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This presentation discusses types of budgets, checks and balances, and handling petty cash. It may take some time to load.

Unit 3 Introduction

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Before we move on to the next unit, let’s review the information we have gone over. You have: *The ability to identify risk management issues *An understanding of how to…

Unit 3 Glossary

Adult-directed activities: Activities where the teacher is directing the steps of the activity with the child or group of children. Child-initiated activities: Activities that allow the children to decide what…

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

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Developmentally appropriate practice is a framework of principles and guidelines for best practice in the care and education of young children as outlined by the National Association for the Education…

The Teachers Role: Knowing How Children Develop

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A. The Teacher’s Role: Knowing How Children Develop All early childhood teachers need to understand developmental changes that are typical in the years from birth through age 12, variations that…

Brain Development

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When a child is born, their brain is one quarter the size of an adult brain. Babies’ brains grow rapidly in the womb and even more so in the first…

Overview of Child Development

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D. Overview of Child Development Child development is the study of physical, cognitive (intellectual), social, and emotional changes that occur in children from birth through adolescence. Children develop in a…

Develop Center Philosophy and Teaching Curriculum

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A. Program Philosophy The policies and procedures should reflect the philosophy of the program. In order to do this, a program philosophy must be developed and implemented. This can be…

Teaching Curriculum

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B. Teaching Curriculum Curriculum provides a road map from which a teacher can direct the course of the children’s education. It helps to guide the teacher. It also supplies the…

Teaching Curriculum II

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2. PURCHASING CURRICULUM Curriculum may also be purchased for child care programs. These can come from many different sources. The director should take time to examine the curriculum and see…

Staff Pattern Scheduling

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One of a director’s responsibilities is to develop work schedules for their staff. Staff members need to know what hours they will be working and where they will be working.…

The Environment

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SPACE SPEAKS! The way a room is arranged communicates very clearly to young children. A room may tell children there is no particular order or organization here; that run-around activity…

Use Space to Reach Your Goals

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Review the goals for your program. The way you use and arrange space and equipment can help you reach your goals. Consider that well-arranged furniture and toys in your room…

Interest Centers

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B. Interest Centers Interest centers are thoughtfully planned spaces that are designated for certain activities. Like or similar toys, materials, and equipment are displayed and readily available in these areas.…

Unit 4 Introduction

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Let’s take a look at what we talked about in unit three. We discussed: *Developmentally appropriate practice and how to apply it *The concept of inclusion in child care environments…

Unit 4 Glossary

Family services: Services provided by child care programs that assist parents, such as take-out meals or dry-cleaning pickups. Open-door policy: A program policy where parents are welcomed in the center…

Getting to Know Families

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

INFORMATION TO BE GATHERED The following list includes information typically collected by directors on a pre-enrollment form. These items help to ensure that the basic needs of a child are…

The Family Handbook

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The family handbook is an important tool in orienting new families. It provides information about: The program philosophy The curriculum goals The policies and procedures of the program It helps…

Open-Door Policy

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Parents need opportunities to voice their opinions and concerns to you and to their child’s teacher. They should also feel welcomed and encouraged to participate in activities throughout the day.…

Family Orientation

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Lesson 1: Family Orientation Orientation is an important step in building relationships with families. Orientation with the families is a two way street. Family orientation is about introducing parents to…

Attendance and Field Trips

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Make sure that parents are aware of your policies on attendance, holidays, vacations, and weather-related closings. Many of the parents involved with your center work full-time jobs, and it is…

Family Involvement and Resources

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Family involvement is a priority when striving to provide a quality child care program. Parents and families provide necessary information about their individual children. They can also support the child…

Families in the Classroom

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There are many ways families can participate in their child’s classroom. Parents can plan parties and bring refreshments. They can help with field trips or read to the children. They…

Resources for Families

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The child care program can be a great place for families to find information and services concerning their child. Below are listed some of the basic resources you could provide…

Record Keeping

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Record keeping is a very important part of running a child care program. It allows the facility to keep documentation of important details and facts about the children and their…

Health Records

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Children’s health records should cover both the medical conditions of the child before registration and any future conditions the child has while at the center. The following is an example…

Dietary

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Some children have special dietary needs. When enrolling children, make sure that parents have disclosed any potential concerns they have about their child’s diet. Make sure that this has been…

Unit 5 Introduction

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Let’s review what we covered in unit four. You: *Were given tools for orientation *Discovered how to involve families in the program *Learned about valuable resources you can give families…

Unit 5 Glossary

Communication log: This type of communication helps morning and afternoon teachers provide each other with vital information about what they did for the day – It can also include messages…

Communicating with Staff

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lesson 1: Communicating with Staff Effective communication is one of the most important tools available to a child care director. As a child care director, you need to have open…

Staff Meetings

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B. Staff Meetings Staff meetings should be scheduled regularly. The main purpose of staff meetings is to communicate to staff. Although much can be communicated through other means (memos, emails,…

Staff Meetings II

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1. STAFF SETTING THE AGENDA A good way to get staff involved in staff meetings is to have them help set the agenda. A director can get suggestions from staff…

Staff Meetings III

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2. MEETING ITEMS The following is a list of general topics that can be discussed at staff meetings. Frustrations If there is growing unrest in the center, a staff meeting…

Staff Meetings IV

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3. STAFF MEETING PROCEDURE The director usually serves as the facilitator and has the responsibility of moving the group through the agenda. It’s important to do this by guiding, not…

Staff Meetings V

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4. TIMING OF STAFF MEETINGS The timing of staff meetings and how regularly they occur is up to the director. Often it will depend on how much information you would…

Staff Meetings VI

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5. ATTENDEES The director needs to decide who will attend staff meetings. In addition to the director and classroom staff, it may be helpful to have others attend who are…

Communication Logs

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C. Communication Logs A helpful tool to maintain communication between morning teachers and afternoon teachers is a communication log. A communication log allows morning and afternoon teachers to provide each…

Presentation: Communicating

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1. Communicating 2. Communication Techniques and Skills Screen 1 Effective Communication AN OVERVIEW OF THE PRESENTATION: (Begin here): Good communication helps with the success of your child care program. By…

Communicating with Families

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Families are your customers and are one of your most important audiences with whom you communicate. Positive relationships with families depend on two-way communication. You need to share your values…

Telephone Conversations

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Telephone conversations can be a good way to have private conversations. Be sure to schedule a call with a parent before calling. First make sure they feel comfortable with you…

Parent Bulletin Board

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Most early childhood programs maintain a parent bulletin board. It displays such things as: Menus Education information Daily schedules Notes about the curriculum Current events Important messages like “Money Due…

Written Communication

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

NEWSLETTERS Most businesses and organizations have newsletters. We receive them from dentists, churches, schools, and professional organizations. Some early-childhood programs use commercial newsletters while others write their own. Newsletters can…

Written Communication II

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EMAILS Email can be a useful communication tool to reach parents. You can remind parents of upcoming events, payments due, things to bring for the day, and much more. You…

Families Communicating with You

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Although many of the previously discussed methods can be used for families to communicate with you, you should still have additional methods for families to let you know their ideas,…

Families Communicating with You II

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Remember the importance of listening and asking questions that draw out answers and responses. Ask open-ended questions: “What does your child do at home?” Encourage the family members to talk.…

Marketing and Public Relations Introduction

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Knowing the basics of effective marketing and public relations can greatly improve your program’s outreach. Your child care program is like any other business. It needs customers and a good…

Public Relations

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The child care program’s image is of great importance when it comes to public relations efforts. Both the appearance of the center itself, as well as the behavior of its…

Marketing

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Marketing includes newspaper and telephone book advertisements, brochures, fliers, website, and radio or television announcements. A program’s marketing budget can vary depending on what stage it is in. In the…

Marketing II

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1. Traditional Marketing Techniques All of these and other factors will enter into the decision about how to promote the program and where to promote it. Traditional marketing methods include:…

Marketing III

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2. Community Outreach Marketing Reaching out to the local community is another way to publicize your program. You can reach busy parents by taking the message directly to them. These…

Additional Marketing Tools

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1. Create & Use a Consistent Logo for Your Facility Creating and using a consistent logo for your facility is a helpful marketing tool. The logo should be used in…

Additional Marketing Tools II

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2. Supply a Discount Coupon for Referrals Supplying a discount coupon for families who refer a new client is another way to stir up business. A discount coupon encourages families…

Additional Marketing Tools III

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3. Website and Social Networking Sites A website is a great way to market your program. You can include information about your program such as: Program details Enrollment information Operating…

Using Technology

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Technology can be a very useful tool in communicating. It can assist you in sending information to a mass audience or make your message more appealing. It can keep your…

Communications

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Email Email can be an effective tool for communication. It is a great way to keep in contact with families, staff, and the community. Families: As discussed earlier, email can…

Program Management and Record Keeping

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Technology can be a valuable tool in keeping financial records, academic records, and employee records for the program. You can use a variety of software to keep records and ensure…

Program Management and Record Keeping II

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BASIC ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE Some kind of accounting software is essential for child care programs. Built on a relational database, information only has to be entered one time. These programs are…

Program Planning II

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CHILDREN’S SOFTWARE Children’s software is available on CD ROM discs. Be sure and check the specifications on the side of the box for minimum computer standards. These will include computer…

Additional Tools

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CAMERAS and DVDs Cameras and DVDs can be a great help to a child care program. Cameras offer the chance to capture activities that children are involved in. These pictures…

Additional Tools II

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If you are going to be taking pictures, please make sure that families fill out a photo and video release form. This should cover all the places pictures may be…

Marketing – Website Design

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Website Design Creating your own website for your child care program is a great way to reach a wide audience. You can use your website to keep your customers, employees,…

Unit 6 Glossary

Authentic assessment: An assessment that uses some type of performance by a child to demonstrate understanding. (Sciarra, Dorsey, & Lynch, 2009) Developmental screening: The evaluation of a young child to…

Developmental Screening

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

All children, birth to age five, can be screened using a valid and reliable screening tool to see if the child has a special need or other delay in overall…

Developmental Screening II

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ACCOMMODATING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS When making accommodations for children with special needs, parents must be included. Parents are the ones who know their children the best and can provide…

Assessing Children

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Assessment is the process of gathering information about children in care in order to make educational decisions. Assessments provide valuable information about where children are developmentally. Assessments of children’s abilities…

Assessing Children II

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1. FORMAL VS. INFORMAL ASSESSMENTS Assessments can be generally categorized as a formal or informal evaluation. You can measure children’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development with either kind of…

Assessing Children III

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INFORMAL: An informal assessment includes assessments which are usually performed by teachers with children in their natural environments. Some examples of these include written observation, anecdotal records, artifacts, recordings of…

Assessing Children IV

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2. TYPE OF TOOLS FOR ASSESSMENT Regardless what assessments you and the teachers decide to use, it is important to ensure that the assessment tools are measuring what you want…

Assessing Children V

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CHECKLISTS Checklists are used to find out if certain behaviors or skills have been accomplished. Checklists can be created by the program and are a collection of learning objectives or…

Assessing Children VI

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RATING SCALES Rating scales are similar to checklists: While a checklist is used to indicate if the child “can” or “cannot” perform the behavior, a rating scale gives options that…

Assessing Children VII

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BIRTH TO THREE An assessment for learning and language can be helpful in determining children’s development. Assessments for ages birth to three take a look at several areas including: Language…

Assessing Children VIII

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SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN In a child care or school-age program, assessments for this age group take a look at a school-age child’s after-school activities and experiences and their social competence. It…

The Director’s Role

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The director has an important role in assessing children and their learning environments. It’s the director’s responsibility to ensure assessment tools are used in an ethical, confidential, and appropriate way.…

The Director’s Role II

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The following are some tips to help trained teachers assess individual children appropriately and to boost the effectiveness of assessments once they are completed: APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENTS Developmental Appropriateness of Methods…

Applying Children’s Assessments

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Children’s assessments give you an idea of the developmental stage of the child. They can also identify any disabilities or gifts the child may have. These assessments should be used…

Program and Staff Evaluation Introduction

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Program Evaluations Program evaluations are extremely important in child care settings. The purpose of a program evaluation is to find out how others perceive your program and determine what changes…

Program Evaluations: The Basics

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Program evaluations are designed to help you assess the overall performance of the child care center. You should assess your program’s quality in the following ways: The environment: Is the…

Program Evaluations: The Child Care Environment

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Child care directors have a responsibility to verify that the child care environment is a suitable place for children. Is the program safe? Does the program meet environmental licensing requirements?…

Program Evaluations: The Child Care Environment II

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Environment Rating Scales (ERS) The Environment Rating Scale (ERS) is an evaluation tool used by directors and the Department of Human Services. It assesses the quality and general functioning of…

Program Evaluations: The Childcare Environment III

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(ERS Continued) If you are participating in the Reaching for the Stars program at a two-star level, you will need to have an ERS evaluation completed. For more information about…

Program Evaluations: The Childcare Environment IV

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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Environment Another part of program assessment is looking at the teachers and the learning opportunities they provide. If the right learning opportunities are not provided,…

Program Evaluations: The Childcare Environment V

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Program Evaluation and Reaching for the Stars Reaching for the Stars is the name of Oklahoma’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). What is Quality Rating and Improvement System? A…

Program Evaluations: The Staff’s Perspective

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Staff evaluations are a very important aspect of assessing your program. They can provide you with valuable information about: How staff feel about you and other managers at the program…

Program Evaluations: The Staff’s Perspective II

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The following are several evaluation tools that you can use. An example of each one is located in the “Related Documents” box on the right. Early Childhood Work Environment Survey…

Program Evaluation’s: The Family’s Perspective

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As a director, it is also important to gather parents’ views about the child care program. Allow them to share their thoughts about the program’s: Activities Teachers Environment By asking…

Program Evaluation’s: The Family’s Perspective II

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What Should Parent Surveys Cover? Parent surveys can help you understand a family’s feelings and attitudes about the program. Parents can also express their feelings about the staff. Surveys can…

Program Evaluation’s: The Family’s Perspective III

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Suggestion Box Another way to assess what parents are thinking is a suggestion box. A suggestion box is where parents can make recommendations for the program anonymously. You can encourage…

Family Input

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B. Family Input The foundation of developmentally appropriate practice is knowledge of the child’s ability, interests, and background. This is where family input can really help boost the staff’s knowledge…

Application: Using Evaluations to Enhance the Program

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Once you have conducted the program evaluations, analyze the information and use it to improve your program. Write down some general conclusions or common themes. If you use more than…

Staff Performance Evaluations

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Staff performance evaluations are a very important aspect of improving your program. They can provide you with valuable information that includes: How well your staff gets along at the workplace…

Staff Performance Evaluations II

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SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL Providing staff with the opportunity to evaluate themselves can be very insightful for both the staff members and the director. A self-evaluation survey gives staff members a chance…

Staff Performance Evaluations III

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DISCUSSING STAFF EVALUATIONS Staff evaluation conferences should be private and confidential. They can be used to share and consider information. In addition to reviewing the staff member’s evaluation(s), spend some…

Staff Performance Evaluations IV

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Concluding Thoughts: Think about some of these questions when looking at your staff and your program as a whole: Are staff members generally satisfied with the workplace and performance of…

Oklahoma DHS Registry Information for DELT

This is the final lesson of this course. Follow these steps to complete this course and receive your certificate: Make sure that you have completed all of the lessons in this…