Early Care Management Training Project
Directing a child care center is a complex and demanding job. Directors must have an in-depth understanding of how to provide children with high quality, developmentally appropriate early care and learning experiences. At the same time, they must master an array of skills needed to operate their centers efficiently. Supported by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the NYSCCCC Early Care Management Training Project provides training and technical assistance designed to help center directors meet these challenges. Now in its 13th year, the Project offers two kinds of services to directors throughout New York State: workshops,and cluster training/technical assistance for groups of six centers.
Project workshops are structured as full-day trainings, except for the Fiscal Management: The Budget, New Director's Overview and New Director's Fiscal which are offered over two days. The workshop topics are chosen to reflect what directors identify as some of their most important areas of concern. These include the following:
- Orientation: The Process to Staff Integration
- New Directors Overview (For New Director's Only)
- New Directors Fiscal Overview (For New Director's Only)
- Strengthening Supervisory Skills for Day Care Center Directors
- The Director's Role in Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Room Arrangement
- The Director's Role in Ensuring Developmentally Appropriate Practice
- Building a Foundation from the Regulations Up
- Enhancing your Outdoor Play Environment
- Fiscal Management: The Budget
Workshop participants have described these sessions as practical, helpful and filled with information that is easy to apply in their centers.
New Director's Institute
The New Director's Institute is a seven-day, 5 workshop intensive introduction to the complex and dynamic management role of a director. A new director is defined as having been in the capacity of the director less than 2 years.
Technical Assistance to Individual Centers
Typically, the Project's technical assistance involves working with an individual center. In consultation with Project staff and OCFS licensors, centers first establish goals for the technical assistance and then all three parties work collaboratively to help the centers reach these goals.
Directors and staff involved in the process generally find it very rewarding.
Cluster Training/Technical Assistance
The cluster approach involves a very useful combination of group training and individual technical assistance. The Project first offers a full-day workshop on one of the standard workshop topics to directors of six centers. Subsequently, each program in the cluster receives follow-up technical assistance in applying the content of the workshop to its individual situation. This model has worked well in helping programs make improvements in many different aspects of their services, including their classroom learning environments, scheduling, lesson planning, policy manuals, hiring procedures and selection of materials.
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