Training and Workshops
The Coalition has a wide array of services available to assist providers in offering high quality early education and care programs. The Coalition Program Staff is dedicated to furthering the quality of child care through specialized services to meet the needs of our providers. Services include:
Training and educational opportunities are offered on a variety of subjects related to early education and care and are designed to increase the knowledge-base and improve the skills of the provider’s staff.
Developmental Screening and Assessment
It is a fact that most brain development occurs within the first five years of life and that the stimulation the brain receives during these early years greatly influences cognitive and language development as well as social and psychological behavior later in life. To assist in meeting the needs of our birth-to-five-population, the Coalition provides materials, training and oversight for child care providers on required screening and assessment instruments.
The Coalition utilizes the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3) as a screening tool. This instrument provides a quick record of a particular point in each child’s development. The ASQ-3 includes questions about the following: communication, gross motor, problem solving, personal/social as well as questions about hearing, vision and other medical issues. The screening instrument is used to identify those children in need of additional services and enables Coalition staff to make referrals to appropriate agencies.
The Coalition utilizes The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum as an assessment instrument to review the cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development of young children. The instrument records child progress at three summary checkpoints throughout the year and assists providers in program planning.
Research has shown that healthy, active, and well-nourished children are more prepared and motivated to learn. In order to assist providers in identifying children with healthcare issues, the Coalition employs a nurse to conduct health screenings, including vision, hearing, height and weight, as well as reviews of immunization records. The nurse is also available to provide training and in-service education to providers on health-related topics such as the importance of physical activity, healthy nutrition, universal precautions, as well as many others. The Coalition nurse also works with providers and parents in making referrals to dentists, optometrists or other appropriate agencies for children needing services.