ERIC Number: ED381274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Quality of Family Child Care through the Implementation of a Mentoring and Self-Instructional Training Program for Family Child Care Providers.
Taylor, Joanne Labish
Training is often difficult to acquire for family day care providers because most training initiatives are workshops or seminars, which require a specific time frame and which are frequently scattered and lack continuity. A practicum project developed and implemented one unit, or module, of a 13-module self-instructional training program using an existing curriculum for family child care providers. Each module takes an average of 4 to 6 weeks for the provider to complete, and has a self-assessment component to help identify strengths and weaknesses. There are activities in each module as well as readings and references. The training incorporated support by means of a master provider who served as a mentor and a cluster group to validate providers' participation. The goal at the end of the 10-week implementation was to increase the quality of care in the pilot group as measured by the Family Day Care Rating Scale before and after the implementation period. The pilot group consisted of four providers and one mentor. Responses of providers showed a high level of provider satisfaction with the training. The quality of care provided also increased as indicated by the pre- and post-project assessment. Results suggest that this program can prepare providers for National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation, or for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, if instituted by a resource and referral agency or a providers' association. (Twelve appendices include mentor and provider application forms, provider and mentor program evaluation forms, and pre- and post-assessment scores. Contains 74 references and a 24-item bibliography.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: CDA Credential; National Association for Family Day Care
Note: Master's Practicum Report, Nova University.