ERIC Number: ED270206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Training of Unskilled Child Care Providers: An In-House Program to Overcome Management's Financial Constraints.
An in-house staff development program was designed and implemented for unskilled child caregivers employed at Tiny Tots Educare Academies, Inc., a privately owned and operated child care center located in Ellenton, Florida. Employees had little knowledge of child development and other topics related to early childhood education and, therefore, could not independently plan, prepare, and implement a total preschool curriculum. Inservice education classes were held for 3 hours two evenings per week for 10 weeks. Topics covered were child growth and development, curriculum design/learning environment, behavior management, the law and children, health and nutrition, classroom and program management, history and background, parental relations, safety and children, staff relations, first aid, and CPR. To help staff assimilate the information provided, an experienced, qualified child care professional was hired to advise, observe, and teach the participants after training. Results of the practicum study seem to indicate that management/ownership can effectively conduct a portion of their own inservice program. Trainees' posttest scores for cognitive outcomes were markedly higher than their pretest scores. No definite conclusion could be drawn about changes in trainees' professional attitudes or career and goal orientations. Related materials are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.