Similar to a honeycomb, early care and education programs are complex systems. Without an understanding of systems thinking a director is at a disadvantage and less likely to develop and sustain quality practices over time. Through a simulated game, participants will gain an understanding about the interconnectedness of their organization to a larger system.
Participants will learn that no longer can they focus on one aspect of a system, such as classroom quality, and expect the organization to make lasting, sustainable change. Instead, a systems approach which considers a variety of components beyond the classroom must be addressed. Power differentials within a child care program will be explored giving participants the opportunity to identify with structures of power and explore how power is used and viewed among staff. Participants will embark on a journey evaluating the practices that currently exist in their programs and how they can develop and improve upon systems to create more efficiency and effectiveness.
Through simulation, lecture, small, and large group activities participants in this session will 1) broaden their understanding of early care and education programs as social systems, 2) learn strategies for encouraging innovation, and 3) identify a plan for developing systems that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs.
Your local child care resource and referral agency may have scholarship funds available to assist with your registration or tuition costs for this event. Find your local CCR&R.