According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Iowa has the highest percentage of employed parents of young children in the nation. Finding quality child care often is a concern.
Now Iowa child care center programs have a new professional development option to improve their level of care and education for young children. Iowa Better Kid Care New Staff Orientation is a distance-learning program for new child care staff. The program is funded through Iowa Community Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa and ISU Extension.
The training was developed in Pennsylvania and is spreading to other states, said ISU Extension specialist Lesia Oesterreich, part of the team that has reviewed and developed the Iowa program. “Teachers can study on-site at their child care program. Rather than spending the time to travel to an evening workshop, teachers can view DVDs, practice their new skills in their own classroom and write up a brief response sheet to summarize what they have learned. It’s a great way to familiarize staff with the basics of working with children, as well as with the rules and policies of the individual child care center.”