Lessons For Directors

(for Center Directors) This lesson focuses on the need and requirements for child-staff ratios in early care facilities. A step-by-step process is included to analyze and determine staffing needs. (D6.6 C2) 2 hours

The goal of supporting educators in their work with young children is to strengthen their skills and practices so that they become better educators. Providing quality professional development through coaching and mentoring is a key factor in improving the knowledge and practice of those caring for children, and in improving outcomes for children. In this lesson, coaching will be discussed as a way to support staff professional development, and as a way to support strong child outcomes. (D6.12 C2) 2 Hours

(for Center Directors) This lesson focuses on involving senior adults in child care and education programs. Information includes how to recruit and train senior volunteers, prepare staff, and integrate senior adults into the curriculum. Discover the many benefits to both the children and adults in your program. (D3.7 C2) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) Emergency situations can happen at any time. Child care facilities need to have a written plan in place, so staff, children, and families are prepared to handle any emergency situation that may arise. This lesson is a guide to assist you in developing an emergency preparedness plan for your facility. (D8.3 C1) 2 hours

Administrators of early education and school-age programs need to develop skills in business and financial management to ensure long-term sustainability. This module will describe how to write a business plan to guide the operations of a child care program. Participants will also learn how to create a financial management plan (including written financial procedures). Finally, they will learn how to create a one-year operating budget. (D8.7 C2) 2 hours

Learn how to get parents and families involved in your child care program. This lesson provides ideas for reaching out to parents and families and for improving your program. Identify practices for supporting families when their children enter a program and find ideas for building community with staff, parents, families, and children. (D3.6 C2 CDA 4) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) This lesson examines the qualifications and requirements for hiring staff to work in child care facilities. Ideas and resources are provided for writing job descriptions, conducting interviews, orienting new staff, developing effective staff performance reviews, and working with staff who don't meet expectations. (D8.11 C1) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) This lesson focuses on reusing and recycling to reduce waste in your child care facility. Directors will discover how to reduce waste by identifying ways to reuse and recycle and will create a recycling plan for their facility. (D7.8 C2, CDA1) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) Creating healthy indoor environments for children includes recognizing situations that may put children’s health at risk, such as poor air quality inside buildings. Learn about specific factors that reduce air quality, how they can affect the children in your program, and practical things directors and staff can do to improve air quality in your facility. (D7.8 C2, CDA1) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) This lesson focuses on environmental issues in your child care facility. Directors will be able to identify potential environmental issues that can impact health and safety in the facility. Learn simple strategies on how to reduce children’s exposure to toxins and poisons, including how to watch for or reduce exposure to asbestos, radon, lead, mercury, and household cleaners, and how to find healthier and greener alternatives for cleaning. (D7.8 C2, CDA1) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) Outdoor play spaces where children can use their large muscles are important for children's development. Without proper planning and maintenance, outdoor play spaces can be dangerous places where children can be seriously injured. This lesson helps you to assess your outdoor play space and determine changes that need to be made to make it safer for children. (D7.8 C1) 2 hours

Building positive relationships with families is essential to ensure quality learning experiences for children in afterschool and youth development programs. This lesson provides ideas and strategies to engage families and maintain positive partnerships with families through the school age years. (D3.6 C2, CDA 4) 2 hours

This mastery module will enable current and aspiring administrators of children and youth ages 5-18 to explore the steps they need to take to incorporate a plan for child and youth observation and assessment into their ELO programs. This includes knowing what components to assess, understanding different types of assessments, and selecting and implementing appropriate assessment tools. Also included are ways to use the resulting data to adjust program offerings to ensure positive youth development. (K4.7 C2) 2 hours

Administrators of out-of-school and after school programs for children and youth ages 5-18 are responsible for creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that embraces all families. Administrators work with staff to create the policies and practices that bring this vision into daily reality. They prioritize and work together with local schools to support the development of cognitive and social-emotional skills. Administrators also cultivate community partnerships to produce mutual benefits. (K3.9 C2) 2 hours

This mastery module is for current administrators, and those who want to advance into an administrative role, in extended learning programs serving 5- to 18-year-olds. Administrators will explore how to direct their staff to create informal, high-quality learning environments using positive youth development principles. The module will also help program administrators guide and support staff to select and deliver age-appropriate curricula to meet the learning goals established by the program. (K2.12 C2) 2 hours

This mastery module is for current program administrators in out-of-school programs serving 5- to 18-year-olds, and for those who wish to advance into an administrative role. Administrators will explore how to model ethical standards of behavior; how to practice and train staff in continuous learning; how to identify potential staff leaders and provide leadership development opportunities; and how to advocate for resources to sustain high quality programs for children, youth, and families. (K6.9, C2) 2 hours.

This mastery module is for current program directors or managers, and those who desire to advance into an administrative role in out-of-school time programs serving 5- to 18-year-olds. This module illustrates the range of responsibilities of program managers, including use of sound business practices; hiring and managing personnel; establishing positive relationships with families and communities; providing high quality programming; and ensuring efficient use of resources. (K6.9 C2) 2 hours

Take the next step and implement your IPM program to improve the health and safety of children and staff. Learn practical ways to turn your written IPM policy into action. Explore using IPM training to educate staff and parents, how to hire a pest management professional who uses IPM, and begin developing IPM action plans for common pests that could enter your facility. (D7.8 C2, CDA1) 2 hours

Asthma, allergies, and other health concerns can arise from poor indoor air quality. Pests and the pesticides used to manage them can lower air quality. Using an integrated pest management (IPM) program can reduce both the amount of pests and the pesticides used, improving indoor air quality and health. Explore the basics of IPM and common elements of a successful IPM program for a child care facility. Use the content, videos, and activities to begin developing an IPM policy for your facility. (D7.8 C2 CDA1) 2 hours

(for Center Directors) Keeping good records is an important part of every well-run business. Child care is no exception. Records need to be thorough, accurate, and well organized. Based on Pennsylvania's regulations for child care centers and group homes, determine what information on staff and children is required to be gathered and kept on file, and review good record keeping practices. (D6.6 C1) 2 hours