WHY DO WE NEED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT?
There is currently a severe shortage of qualified early childhood education teachers in Buncombe County. The early childhood teacher shortage has far-reaching impacts on our community, as programs are unable to expand without staff, and a lack of available slots for young children means parents who might enter the workforce are unable to do so. Currently only about one third of age-eligible children in Buncombe County are enrolled in licensed programs. In addition, many teachers struggle with frustration and burnout due to an increased prevalence of high-needs children with behavioral and learning challenges, coupled with inadequate training and resources.
One way to address these issues is to provide an influx of new teachers into the field. This is why we plan to support 10-15 participants in the Early Childhood Teacher Workforce Development Program.
WHAT WILL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE?
- 20 hours of training by Buncombe Partnership for Children on topicsincluding
- Developmentally appropriate practice
- Lesson and activity planning
- CPR/First Aid
- Health, safety, and sanitation rules
- Trauma and resiliency
- Anti-bias education
- Managing challenging behaviors
- 4 hours of guided reflective observation in classrooms
- All Division of Child Development and Early Education paperwork required for teaching in licensed programs
- Enrollment, tuition, and books for Spring 2019 AB-Tech’s Introduction to Early Childhood course(EDU 119)
- Weekly facilitated group coaching sessions to reflect upon and consolidate perspectives from classes, training and in-center experiences throughout the program
- Substitute placement in Buncombe County early childhoodprograms
- Certificate of program completion and assistance with job placement
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