ERIC Number: ED414019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-27
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Partnership (DAP) in Early Childhood Education: A Parent Career and Employment Program.
This document consists of a six-panel promotional brochure and a 15-page program description, both detailing the Developing a Partnership (DAP) in Early Childhood Education Program. This Los Angeles County, California, preschool/primary school training effort aims to enhance teaching and parenting skills through early childhood education. It also provides a basis for a career path for instructional assistants, associate teachers, and teachers in preschool and Head Start classrooms. The program is comprised of 12 Early Childhood Education accredited units, job-related training, support services, and job placement. Included in the presentation are descriptions of agency, parent, and educator participation criteria. The agencies participating in the program are listed, with contact information. A survey of 41 program graduates is also described. Sixty-six percent responded. Findings showed about two-thirds of the surveyed graduates had been employed in early childhood education since completing the program by non-profit delegate agencies, public delegate agencies, or private preschools. Five were employed as teachers, eight as assistant teachers, and three as instructional assistants. Over half the respondents had enrolled in some type of education program since completing their training, either a community college, 4-year college, or adult education classes. Almost all the respondents indicated that the program increased their confidence in their abilities, 90 percent stated that they had improved their parenting skills, 88 percent believed they could be successful in school, and 83 percent felt they got along better with their own children. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Care Occupations, Early Childhood Education, Employment Services, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Surveys, Teacher Aides, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California