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ERIC Number: ED180723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct-4
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Managed Day Care. Indian-Style.
Taylor, Helen L. Sally
The efforts of a group of Quinault parents and the Early Childhood Education program of Edmonds College resulted in the establishment of a quality child care program which is parent managed, relevant to the community, and able to meet state requirements for day care. Funded by a Technical Assistance Contract and administered by Alaska Federated Natives, a contract that was college credit based and provided trainers sensitive to the values of Indian people and willing to travel regularly to the small coastal village site provided both the parent board and child care staff training from Edmonds Community College staff. Board member training focused on developing a statement of philosophy, curriculum goals, policies, procedures, and job descriptions. A $75,000 grant to build a center involved the board in examining space and equipment needs and other details of the construction process. Staff members received more intensive and extensive training; a 1 1/2 year program of 45 credits met qualifications for a one year certificate in Early Childhood Education. Courses focused on human growth and development, curriculum methods, behavior management, supervised field experience, and first aid. Because the staff had formerly worked together without training and under poor supervision, bad habits had been developed and morale was low. The attitude that training was being imposed upon them was never totally overcome. Areas still needing concentration include staff turnover, the "baby sitter image", inservice training for new employees, and improved bookkeeping procedures. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington