Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (and SFTA members), 4C for Children and The Parenting Place were awarded a combined $10,000 by the SFTA Professional Development (PD) Department to create and implement innovative trainings for child care providers. The funding, made possible through the Department of Children and Families, was offered to increase the amount of PD opportunities for child care providers and to support training development at the CCR&R level.
“We wanted to draw on the expertise of trainers and TCs at CCR&Rs who are working closely with providers and are hearing what their needs are,” said Abbe Braun, SFTA Professional Development Manager.
The selected agencies were two of four CCR&R agencies that applied for funding back in June of 2016. After undergoing a review process their proposals were chosen and they were awarded the funding in August. Both are now in the process of getting their trainings up and running.
4C for Children is using their funding to develop a single 3 to 4-hour training, (which will be available to providers in both English and Spanish by December 2016), that delves deeper into The Teaching Cycle, breaking down its components for providers to implement in their child care programs. This training, Individual Learning: Planning Experiences and Documenting Development, is a continuation of The Teaching Cycle process as identified in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards training. The Teaching Cycle (pictured) can be used as a framework for applying the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards in early care and education settings, to better support early development.
“The training will cover practice-related content that will help providers looking to implement individually-orientated learning,” said Terryl Wheelock, Early Head Start Coordinator at 4C for Children. “A variety of hands-on activities will help the participants in making connections between provider practices and the Teaching Cycle.”
The Parenting Place will use their funding for a series of three 1-hour workshops that focus on how school-age environments can effectively support children’s social emotional development. The idea behind these shorter trainings is that they can be incorporated during a staff meeting so that programs do not need to schedule additional time for PD.
“The goal of this training is to help after-school care providers set up their programs with the developmental needs of school-age children in mind,” explained Betsy Halama, Training Coordinator at The Parenting Place. “School-age care programs are unique in many ways; this training aims to support some of school age providers’ unique needs.”
Although these trainings are geared towards after-school programs, anyone serving school-age children could benefit from attending. This series will roll out in February of 2017.
Both the 4C for Children and The Parenting Place trainings will be made available to all WI CCR&Rs through a train the trainer, so that CCR&R staff have the tools to administer these trainings to providers statewide. Success of these trainings will be measured by the number of participants and participant feedback. Stay tuned to the SFTA website for future RFP opportunities from the SFTA PD Department for our core member agencies, to support innovation in provider training.
This article was originally published in the SFTA Q4 2016 newsletter. Subscribe to our newsletters and other e-publications here.