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Better Kid Care: Professional Development is Cornerstone to Quality Early Care and Education

Posted: January 4, 2012

The Better Kid Care program strives to support the early care and education community in a variety of ways.
Educators learn, as children learn, through hands on experiences as part of a session on curriculum in the outdoors.

Educators learn, as children learn, through hands on experiences as part of a session on curriculum in the outdoors.

A primary function is producing and/or facilitating professional development that meets the certification qualifications of early care educators in Westmoreland and surrounding counties. Most sessions are also approved for ACT 48 credits, important to Pennsylvania certified educators.

Professional development is open to family and group early care practitioners, relative/neighbor care givers, individuals who work in early care centers and preschools, and are always open to the general public. In 2011 Patty Graff, Extension Educator and Better Kid Care Coordinator, offered over 75 hours of professional development in more than 25 sessions.

Topics align with Pennsylvania’s early care and education professional development coding system and include information related to

  • Child growth and development
  • Classroom environment, curriculum and content
  • Families in society
  • Child assessment
  • Communication
  • Professionalism and Leadership
  • Healthy, safety and nutrition
  • Program organization and administration

2012 promises to be another exciting year for early care educators. For information related to early care professional development opportunities you may contact Patty Graff at 724-837-1402 or by email pag18@psu.edu.

Contact Information

Patty Graff
  • Extension Educator, Food, Families & Health
Email:
Phone: 724-837-1402