Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Office of School Readiness offered a set of courses that provide professional development for technical assistance specialists in North Carolina. The role of North Carolina’s child care technical assistance workforce is critical in helping facilities maintain their current star ratings and achieve higher ratings.
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Smart Start of Davidson County uses the Program Administration Scale (PAS) as a technical assistance tool in its Quality Maintenance Program. This program provides maintenance funds to 4- and 5-star licensed child care centers to assist them in sustaining their rated license and maintaining their quality. Smart Start of Davidson County found the benefits of using the PAS in the Quality Maintenance Program are: 1) It focuses on the administration of the program; 2) It provides a framework for measuring early childhood leadership and management; 3) It serves as a self-assessment by directors of strengths and areas needing growth; 4) It defines the director’s role in supporting quality; and 5) It measures outcomes for the Quality Maintenance Program.
The Early Childhood Directors Leadership Institute is a Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grant to develop leadership and management skills for directors across North Carolina. The evaluation strategies includes a pre and post PAS assessment conducted by reliable PAS assessors. Program improvement action plan based on the PAS results are then created by the director and the PAS assessor. Coaches will assist the directors in action plan goal attainment and implementation. The directors will also participate in three multi-day Institutes for leadership professional development opportunities, networking, and additional evaluation strategies.
The Directors Leadership Academy is offered to administrators of child care programs residing in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, by Child Care Resources, Inc., a resource and referral agency. The goal of the Leadership Academy is to inform administrators of best practices in program administration and provide technical assistance in achieving goals; provide intensive training on the Program Administration Scale (PAS) to guide program improvements; and to support peer mentoring relationships among administrators.
Bright Horizons directors may use their tuition reimbursement benefit toward the cost of the Aim4Excellence national director credential. Both the noncredit and for credit options are eligible for reimbursement. For additional information see the flyer on Bright Web: https://mybrightweb.brighthorizons.com
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through National Louis University. The approved courses (5 quarter hours per course) are ECE311: Administration I – Leadership Strategies and Staff Development (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), ECE312: Administration II – Managing Center Operations and Finances (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and ECE313: Administration III – Implementing and Evaluating the Program (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Students pay an additional $380 per course and register by selecting the college credit option when registering online: McCormickCenter.nl.edu/Aim4Excellence.
Participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate level credit through the University of Southern Indiana. The approved courses (3 semester hours per course) are EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), EDUC 340: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and EDUC 490: Special Topics Aim4Excellence™ (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). Courses are offered at USI’s standard tuition rate. Eligible Indiana participants may apply for scholarships through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA to assist with the costs. Interested participants should contact Jennifer Mohr at email@example.com.
Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for graduate level credit through the University of North Dakota. The approved courses (4 semester hours per course) are T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education I (Covers Modules 1, 2, and 3), T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education II (Covers Modules 4, 5, and 6), and T&L590: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education III (Covers Modules 7, 8, and 9). In addition to completing the modules, students are required to engage in an online discussion. Interested participants should contact Jo-Anne Yearwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701.777.3947 to get started.