ERIC Number: ED269923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cross-Program Training: A Pilot Project to Develop a Training Program for Caretakers of Special Needs Children. Evaluation Report. [and] Cross-Program Training.
Vandiviere, Patricia; And Others
The report presents evaluation data on the Cross-Program Training Project to train foster parents, teachers, and social workers who are jointly responsible for the care of special needs children, especially preschoolers. The project featured five major components: (1) site development, (2) training needs assessment on which to develop programing, (3) pilot training workshops, (4) evaluation, and (5) development of a manual. Results of three evaluation activities (process evaluation during project development and implementation, evaluation of training workshops, and feedback from target group participants) are presented. Results suggest that the concept of cross-program training is viable and useful to local participants. Recommendations for similar efforts are offered, including planning for adequate time to gain the support of administrators and service personnel and basing the training on participants' needs. The bulk of the document is composed of a program manual focusing on seven steps in implementing the approach: contacting key service providers in the community, conducting a needs assessment, designing a training curriculum, introducing the program to the community, recruiting participants, conducting cross-program training events, and evaluating the program. The manual's final section contains descriptions of approximately 50 training activities. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, NC.