Phase III: Development and Implementation of Online Modules for Agencies
The current project is part of a long-term effort to improve quality in family child care through building agency staff capacity to support providers in these settings. This project seeks to deliver training to a broad audience of family child care agency specialists through a train-the-trainer approach combined with online materials and support.
This pilot phase will help us understand how to deliver relationship-based training materials using a distance learning approach. The success of this project has implications for states seeking to include family child care providers in quality improvement initiatives such as QRIS, Head Start, and accreditation. Research suggests that support from professional organizations may lead to quality improvements in family child care, yet we have few models for how to prepare agency and organization staff to deliver high-quality support.
A goal of this project is to develop cost-effective means to promote these important training approaches, principles, and content for the family child care field which has historically suffered from a lack of resources and recognition. We are optimistic that this pilot will help us gather information about further developing these training modules, perhaps with enhanced online components, so that future cohorts may have access to these materials. The training modules that are developed during this pilot year will be designed so that they can be delivered in multiple formats depending on agency needs and resources.
Earlier phases of this project examined the ways that in-person training shapes the practices and knowledge of agency specialists that work with family child care providers.