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Training for child care center directors should involve experiences that are coherent and connected in a logical or cumulative fashion. Twelve key elements can serve as a framework for planning professional development training experiences for early childhood center directors. These elements relate to the content, structure, and delivery of training. Training should: (1) address both the management and leadership functions of the director's role; (2) be based on participants' perceived needs; (3) be problem-centered and site-specific; (4) focus on the director as change agent; (5) stress a systems perspective; (6) meet the needs of working professionals; (7) promote the professional advancement of participants; (8) promote participation that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the field; (9) include follow-up; (10) promote cross-fertilization in the field; (11) promote active learning; and (12) promote collegiality and networking. National-Louis University has developed two training models for childcare center directors. The Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy Field-Based Program is a 20-month master's degree program specifically designed to accommodate the needs of center directors who want to expand their repertoire of management and leadership skills without interrupting their careers. The Taking Charge of Change Program involves an 8-day intensive leadership training institute during the summer and two follow-up weekend retreats during the following academic year. (A two-page description of courses is attached.) (AC)

Descriptors: Administrators, Child Care Occupations, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Masters Degrees, Models, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Training

Autor: Bloom, Paula Jorde; Rafanello, Donna


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