|Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities Is Partner
Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) offers 10-hour courses to help care providers enhance care for children. Through this partnership quality child care is enhanced.
What kind of training? For example, the course "Helping Children with Special Needs" describes eight areas of disability. Caregivers are introduced to working with special needs children and their parents. Each class member gets a course book. It's filled with ideas and activities. Trainers can supplement the book with videotapes and other KCCTO resources. For the class about special needs, a trainer can choose from 27 videotapes from the "Children with Special Needs" series. Other video choices might be "Recognizing Children With Special Needs," "Special Foods for Special Kids," and one about children who don't play.
Courses meet training requirements: In all, there are 26 KCCTO courses. They range from "Orientation to Child Care Careers" to "Behavior and Guidance," "Language," "Child Development" and "Preschool Math." KCCTO training is designed to be low-cost. The fee for enrolling in a course is at most $15 including any required books. All courses meet requirements of Head Start and the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program. They meet licensing and registration requirements of Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Who teaches the courses? Trained volunteers teach the courses. Working with a sponsor such as a health department or a county extension service, trainers plan courses to serve child care providers in their area. Trainers are persons interested in quality child care who apply to KCCTO for approval to teach classes. While trainers volunteer their skills, they can get mini-grants to help pay for class preparations.
The training schedule: Trainers teach KCCTO courses across the state. Courses might be two five-hour sessions or five nights of two-hour classes - any workable 10-hour schedule. Some trainers offer short courses of two, four, six or eight hours. Trainers announce their courses by flyers, newspaper stories and the statewide training schedule. KCCTO sends the schedule to public health departments and departments of social and rehabilitation services. The schedule will soon be on the Internet at www.ksu.edu/kccto or you can call at 1-800-CARE-KSU (1-800-227-3578) to reach KCCTO staff for help. A library of videotapes and books is available to any person seeking help with child care training. Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities celebrates their tenth anniversary this year. Major funding is from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The KCCTO office is at the Foundation Center, Suite 250, 2323 Anderson, Manhattan, KS 66502-2912.