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ERIC Number: EJ811455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Mentoring in Early Childhood Professional Development: Evaluation of the Rhode Island Child Development Specialist Apprenticeship Program
Uttley, Clarissa M.; Horm, Diane M.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v29 n3 p237-252 Jul 2008
The Quality Child Care Initiative, the federal apprenticeship program applied to the field of early care and education, has been implemented in over 40 states. This federal initiative was designed to reduce turnover, increase wages, provide a more stable environment for children, and lower the concern of parents. Rhode Island received funding in 2001 to create and implement a professional development apprenticeship program for early childhood educators known as The Rhode Island Child Development Specialist Apprenticeship Program (RICDSAP). As required in the federal call, an apprentice-mentor model served as the foundation for the RICDSAP. In this paper, we describe two studies designed to evaluate the RICDSAP. Study #1 investigated the three program goals of reduced staff turnover, increased wages, and enhanced classroom quality. Study #2 focused on apprentice-mentor relationships. Taken together, the two studies suggest that this model of professional development has benefits for several key constituents including children, apprentices, mentors and the larger field. Implications for the design and implementation of apprentice-mentor programs and program evaluation studies are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island