ERIC Number: ED338410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving an Extended Day Care Environment through Staff Training and Activity Development.
Lopez, Mary Kathryn
The aim of this practicum was to increase parent, child, and caregiver satisfaction with the university lab elementary school site's extended day care program through training of caregivers and development of appropriate activities. Two groups participated, one for preschoolers through first graders, the other for second through fifth graders. Three training sessions were designed to improve the caregivers' understanding of the school's philosophy and goals, basic developmental characteristics of children in the various age groups, and a strategy for effective disciplinary action. Arts and crafts, cooking, organized sports, and opportunities for unstructured play were designed for each group and supervised by caregivers on a rotating basis. Questionnaires designed by the writer regarding general satisfaction with the program and preferred activities were administered to parents, children, and caregivers before and after implementation of the practicum. Results indicated that: (1) training of workers regarding site-specific expectations as well as providing general information regarding children increases the caregiver's job satisfaction; and (2) parents, children, and caregivers prefer a program which offers a variety of age-appropriate activities in which children may participate. (Author/SH)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Educational Quality, Elementary Education, Employee Attitudes, Inservice Education, Learning Activities, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Practicums, Preschool Education, Program Development, Questionnaires, School Age Day Care, Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Training Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.