ERIC Number: ED393542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Ensuring Quality by Achieving Center-Based Change through the Development and Implementation of an Orientation Program for School-Age Care Staff and Parents.
Due to a lack of initial orientation training for school-age child care staff, the childcare program for 6- to 18-year-olds, located at an Air Force installation, was not fully acquainting new employees with the developmental needs of school-age children. Because of a lack of financial resources to conduct extensive training, high turnover of staff, and low wages and benefits, the center was continually having to place untrained workers directly with children with little or no formal training. A strategy was designed and implemented that intended to provide staff and interested parents with the resources needed to ensure a quality school-age child care program. Issues presented introduced the developmental needs of school-age children, the ethical code of conduct for early childhood workers, quality care standards, appropriate environments, and a variety of supplies and equipment to provide a medley of activities for a self-directed program. The strategy also addressed the needs of parents, and made recommendations for future training opportunities. The responses of both parents and staff to the strategy were favorable. The strategy ultimately promoted the development of a new orientation training program for school-age child care staff and those parents wishing to attend. The training will be continued as a means of teaching new employees specific principles of early childhood education prior to working directly with children. It will be the beginning of a training program which will introduce school-age child care learning modules to staff involved in working with military youth. The strategy ultimately increased the confidences of staff working with youth. Appendices include sample surveys used to determine training needs and handouts used in the presentation of the orientation training. (Author/AA)
Descriptors: After School Centers, After School Education, After School Programs, Caregiver Training, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Extended School Day, Labor Turnover, Military Air Facilities, School Age Day Care, Staff Development, Staff Orientation, Teacher Education, Training
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Military Day Care
Note: Master's Practicum Report, Nova University.