Early Care and Education
Posted: December 10, 2014
Licensed early education providers rely on Penn State Extension to provide them with mandated, high quality and low-cost professional development throughout the year. Twenty-five face-to-face trainings were held in the district, reaching approximately 600 providers.
Two day-long conferences were held and provided six credit hours to attendees. Center directors attended a full-day event to increase their administrative and supervisory skills. Current topics that were covered included legal concerns with the use of technology in the early education classroom, communicating effectively with parents from diverse backgrounds and partnering with community specialists for inclusion of special needs children.
Additionally, Penn State Extension allows providers to receive professional development through distance education lessons. In 2014, the Penn State Better Kid Care program awarded 17,911 professional development certificates and provided 55,478 credit hours of training to providers in the three-county area.