Meeting Needs: Assessing Effectiveness and Advocating for Early Childhood Services
Instructor: Lynn Baker
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Continuously assessing your early childhood programs and services through differentiated methods will help guide your programs toward effectively meeting the needs of children, families, and early care and education providers in your community. Gathering information and collecting data helps you determine program effectiveness and support your early childhood program advocacy efforts. In this class, you will learn about the different methods that your library can use to assess program effectiveness, including self-assessments, participant feedback surveys, and evaluations. You will get hands-on practice creating and implementing assessment tools and creating an advocacy plan for early childhood programs.
After taking this class, successful participants will be able to:
- Complete a self-assessment of their own early childhood program to measure effectiveness of program lesson plans, strategies, and program implementation
- Develop, implement, and collect data from a participant feedback survey to measure program effectiveness
- Create and implement a quality improvement action plan to help increase program effectiveness based on assessment, evaluation, and survey data
- Create an elevator speech/advocacy statement to share with library administration and local policy makers which is focused on the importance of early childhood and early literacy programs
Expectations: This class is four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 - 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations, participating in forums, and submitting assignments.
This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
R. Lynn Baker is an early literacy consultant and credentialed early childhood trainer. She leads face-to-face and online trainings for early care and education professionals and librarians. Lynn is a former early childhood librarian and author of library program guidebooks, published by the American Library Association, including Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community and Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. Lynn has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. Lynn holds her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science, with an early childhood focus, from San Jose State University.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.