ERIC Number: ED170056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A Needs Assessment of Texas Child Care Administrators with Implications for Potential Training Strategies.
North Texas State Univ., Denton. Coll. of Education.
This report describes selected characteristics of child care administrators practicing in Texas and attempts to ascertain if these child care administrators have specific training preferences and/or needs. The administrator characteristics addressed were categorized as follows: (1) general demographic information, (2) types of child care facilities represented in the research sample, (3) types of training opportunities which have been available and of which practicing child care administrators have availed themselves, (4) types of training needs perceived by child care administrators, (5) identification of emergent professionalization trends for child care administrators, and (6) specific needs for future administrators. Data were compiled from a survey of 98 child care administrators from the Texas Department of Human Resources (TDHR) Region 05, and from a statewide survey of 135 day care administrators. Findings indicate that: (a) a growing number of child care administrators possess college degrees or at least some college experience which points to a need for multi-level provisions for continuing education; (b) many are interested in taking courses, as indicated by the number of courses related to administration already taken, or by a stated desire to continue in professional training; (c) a growing professionalism exists among child care administrators which is reflected by their concern with standards, improvement of services, and active involvement with professional groups; and (d) the TDHR appears to have played a significant part in the improvement of child care services and in the provisions of training opportunities. Some recommendations and implications for future training of child care administrators are discussed. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin.
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton. Coll. of Education.