ERIC Number: ED419590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Results & Final Report for the Preservice Training for Child Care Workers Project.
Anderson, Sarah L.; Gramann, Jacqueline A.
Recent changes such as declining economic status of families and large-scale employment of women have resulted in increased utilization of child care services and the need for qualified child care providers. This study evaluated the Preservice Training for Child Care Workers programs' ability to meet the training needs of rural Texas child care providers. The 8-hour training program combined 21 resources consisting of videotapes and readings, to create an interactive self-study kit with a program manual. Areas covered were developmental stages, age-appropriate activities, positive guidance, fostering self-esteem, health and safety, positive interactions, supervision, and abuse/neglect. The self-study kit was implemented in a pilot study with 70 learners in 27 Texas counties from January to June 1997. Learners checked out the self-study kits for use from county Cooperative Extension agencies. In addition to pre- and posttest evaluations completed by learners, a telephone survey was conducted with 24 county Extension agents, 6 licensing representatives, and 18 child care directors who provided the kit to learners. Findings indicated that all involved with the project rated the training useful and understandable. Survey participants rated the self-study kit 97 percent understandable and 100 percent useful, while learner participants rated the kit 100 percent understandable and useful. Seventy-five percent of survey participants found that the interactive aspects made the kit more usable. The program manual was rated as excellent or good by all survey participants who were familiar with it. All the learners agreed that the training helped them understand their role as a child care worker. (Contains eight figures, six tables, four references, and two appendices that list open-ended responses from participant learners and survey respondents.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.; Texas State Dept. of Protective and Regulatory Services, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas