FREE ENVIRONMENTAL RATING SCALE TRAINING OPEN TO ALL LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITIES IN SOUTHERN KENT

04-May-2017

FREE ENVIRONMENTAL RATING SCALE TRAINING OPEN TO ALL LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITIES IN SOUTHERN KENTUCKY TO BE HELD MAY 20TH

(Southern Kentucky) - As part of a collaboration between United Way of Southern Kentucky, the Warren County Early Childhood Council, Western Kentucky University Child Care Resource and Referral, the Simpson County Early Childhood Regional Training Center, and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC), a FREE series of trainings will be offered on May 20th open to all licensed child care facilities in Southern Kentucky. The trainings will include FREE ITERS-R (Infant-Toddler Environmental Rating Scale- Revised) and ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale – Revised) sessions at the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC – 230 Technology Way, Bowling Green) during the following times:

            8:30am – 11:30am: ITERS-R

            8:30am – 11:30am: ECERS-R Session #1

            12:30pm – 3:30pm: ECERS-R Session #2

Participants will receive three credit hours through ECE-TRIS by completing a registration form and signing into the meeting. Certificates of completion will be given at the end of the meeting. Each facility that registers and attends the training will receive one manual per age group to keep for use at their facility. A maximum of two individuals per facility can sign up per session. To register, call United Way of Southern Kentucky at 270.843.3205. It is recommended that interested attendees sign up early as spots are limited.

All publicly funded programs that serve young children in Kentucky- including licensed child care programs, state funded preschools and Head Start programs – are now included in Kentucky All STARS, Kentucky’s expanded tiered quality rating and improvement system (TQRIS). With the goal of increasing learning outcomes and educational success for young children, Kentucky All STARS publicly recognizes a program’s strengths, creates systems of support and provides families with assurance of quality. Quality is measured through the use of Environmental Rating Scales. These scales provide specific indicators that are measured through the observation of trained raters. The FREE trainings being offered as part of this collaboartion align with All STARS, providing every child care facility in Southern Kentucky the opportunity to improve their All STARS rating. These trainings will provide the information to child care facilities on how to create a better environment for learning within their facilities in order to increase the success of the early learning opportunities being provided.

By offering this FREE training, the collaborating organizations who are providing the training (United Way of Southern Kentucky, the Warren County Early Childhood Council, Western Kentucky University Child Care Resource and Referral, the Simpson County Early Childhood Regional Training Center, and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC)) hope to impact Early Childhood Education by providing the opportunity for local childcare facilities to become better equipped to meet the standards set forth through Kentucky’s rating and improvement system. Prior to the offering of this training, no formal process existed to assist child care facilities in understanding the standards they were being asked to adhere to or how they could better improve their ratings. After this need had been identified, United Way of Southern Kentucky stepped up to the table to provide the funding for the trainings as part of its ongoing work in Early Childhood Education to support its goal of having 75% of children in Southern Kentucky ready for kindergarten on day one.

About the Trainers:

Jenny Chance is a Program Consultant for KDE/Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge.  She works out of the Simpson County Early Childhood Regional Training Center in Franklin, KY.  Chance earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Kindergarten Endorsement, Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, and Rank 1 from Western Kentucky University.  She is a retired teacher with 9 years of preschool experience, currently assisting the preschool sites in the Simpson Region improve their STAR ratings with Kentucky All STARS and TQRIS.

Dr. Amy S. Hood is an Infant/Toddler Specialist Director at Child Care Resource & Referral at WKU. Dr. Hood began her professional career at WKU Child Care Consortium as a pre-school Head Start teacher and later became the Education Coordinator for the Head Start and child care program. Amy became the Infant/Toddler Specialist at T/TAS in 1998 and has provided training and technical assistance to many Early Head Start programs and their child care partners since that time. In addition to her role as a trainer, Dr. Hood also serves as the Director for the Child Care Resource & Referral at WKU which offers training to child care providers in the Two Rivers Region.

For more information on United Way’s work in Early Childhood Education, please visit the United Way website at uwsk.org. To sign up for these FREE trainings, call the United Way website at 270.843.3205.

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.