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KCCTO-KITS Partnership Creates Statewide Child Care Infant-Toddler Specialist Network

Monday, October 31, 2016

In collaboration with the Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc., this project is funded by a subcontract from the Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO), a grant from the Kansas DepDavid Lindeman, Ph.D.artment for Children and Families.

David P. Lindeman, Ph.D., Director

The University of Kansas, through the Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) in partnership with Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. (KCCTO), has received a new 3-year grant to provide training and technical assistance to child care providers serving infants/toddlers and their families.

Through this partnership, KITS supports professional development and provides technical assistance (TA) for home child care providers and center based programs in the effort to increase the knowledge, skills, educational level, and competencies of infant toddler caregivers, teachers, and directors.

Activities also focus on increasing awareness and dissemination of materials that support healthy, safe, and nurturing environments, instruction, and care and fosters connections to national, state and community resources. The development and growth of a comprehensive statewide training system, addressing the professional development needs of infant toddler caregivers, teachers, and directors, is essential to assure quality services. Additionally, parents will be afforded opportunities to be involved with training and technical assistance activities as appropriate and based on interest.

Professional development and technical assistance will be provided to all infant toddler child care providers through a model based on intensity of service. These levels of intensity reflect principles of both adult learning and results based staff development and are addressed at the levels of: Level 1-proactive/ general issues of staff development and TA, Level 2-focused staff development and TA, and Level 3-intensive staff development and TA.

These levels of intensity are grounded in the four components of: a) collaboration/linkages, b) information services, c) technical assistance, and d) training. Each of these components has a variety of activities through which TA is achieved. This will be accomplished through research-validated strategies and based in principles of adult learning through advising, consultation, mentoring, and coaching. The level of intensity of contact will be accomplished through activities such as Level 1 and 2 results-based training, dissemination of information via the KCCTO and KITS websites, utilization of listservs, provision of intensive technical assistance (Level 3), and development of content specific technical assistance packets for practitioners in the field based on evidenced (Project Spotlight, from page 2) based and recommended practices and resources. Additionally, the project will offer learning opportunities through such avenues as instructor directed, web-based training and self-study materials and facilitated wiki workspaces.

Further, the program will continue to build the statewide professional development resource center (ECRC). This center houses material for professionals and families to access in support of services, program, or individual needs as well as support through internet based information resources. These include online access to state and national resources, training/TA materials, and guidance documents. These materials are accessible 24/7 which facilitates the interaction of resource materials with the needs of the state, specific programs, and individuals. Finally, this network will continue to support and utilize existing structures and opportunities for staff development occurring throughout the state through collaborative linkages with other agencies, programs, organizations, and projects in the field of early care and education.

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