ERIC Number: ED362999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
School Age Center Connections: Site-Based Management Strategies for Implementation of Quality Programs.
Willis, Dahna R.
This paper describes the outcomes of a practicum that initiated site-based-management strategies to support the consistent implementation of a quality school-age child-care program. Implemented at a multisite child-care center, the program sought to enhance staff members' job satisfaction and maximize their opportunities for professional growth and development. Program activities included scheduling based on individual staff availability and constraints; reimbursement for preparation time and ongoing training activities; increased participative decision making; improved organizational communication; regular feedback, coaching, recognition, and affirmation; and a cooperative network coalition. The program was evaluated by pre- and post- staff questionnaires, documentation of staff attendance at professional-development activities, and analysis of staff's journal entries. Findings indicate that working together as site teams produced increased job satisfaction and enhanced overall program quality. Recommendations are made to: (1) prioritize need assessment within each program component and within the context of individual program locations; (2) clearly define the program's goals and provide participants with autonomy to achieve those goals; and (3) conduct periodic formative and summative evaluations. Appendices contain evaluation forms, checklists, staff training records and calendar, the program objectives, and the implementation plan. (LMI)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University.