The Child Care and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project
Posted: June 22, 2011
Nancy Stevens, Montgomery County Extension Director, is part of the Child Care and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project funded through a grant from the Department of Defense through USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help prepare the children of military families to be successful as they enter the school system by increasing the quality of their early care and educational experiences.
The three-year program spearheaded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences aims to create and deliver professional-development programming for practitioners in 13 states who provide care for school-age and younger children. The focus is on increasing the quality of care for children from birth to age 12 from military families who live off-installation.
Military families often face unique challenges, such as deployment of one or both parents, loss of income and frequent relocation. Under these circumstances, children may enter school unprepared academically and socially. This project offers assistance to the professionals who serve families and children connected to any branch of the military in hopes of helping service members and their children overcome these obstacles.
Look around the new CYTTAP (Childcare and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program) website and find great ideas and resources to assist in providing quality care for all children.