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Florida’s Professional Development System for Afterschool Professionals Florida Afterschool Network Larry Pintacuda, FAN Judy Nee, FAN Consultant Phyllis Kalifeh, The Children’s Forum Suzette Harvey, Prime Time Palm Beach County
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“Afterschool practitioners who are both educated and passionate about their work have enormous potential to positively impact the lives of kids and their trajectories for future success. ”
Professional Development State Systems l Framework includes these components: - Core knowledge and Competencies - Linked system of training - Trainer/Training approval - Support and Incentives - Registry
Competencies for Afterschool Professionals What staff need to know and be able to do
Core Competencies: What They Are, What They Can Do l l Define what professionals need to know and do to provide quality services for children and youth. Serve as framework for a career development system. Establish common language and expectations that support the professionalization of the field. Link related fields under a common umbrella.
Palm Beach County Core Competencies l l l l } Child/Youth Growth & Development Family and Community Relationships Program Planning and Development Learning Environment and Curriculum Interaction with Children/Youth Child/Youth Observation & Assessment Professional Development and Leadership Health, Safety and Nutrition Core Competency Areas
Competencies: Structure and Purpose l l l Age Group Emphasis – primarily 5 -18 Mastery Levels – Entry through Level 4 Link to Credential – Yes Link to Registry – Coming Soon! Link to Licensing – Not yet Link to QRIS – Yes
Core Competencies for Youth Development Professionals Kansas and Missouri The Core Competencies for Youth Development Professionals were developed with leadership from the OPEN Initiative, Missouri Afterschool Network (MASN), and Kansas Enrichment Network (KEN).
Eight Content Areas I – Child/Adolescent Growth and Development II - Learning Environment and Curriculum III - Child/Adolescent Observation and Assessment IV - Families and Communities V - Health, Safety, and Nutrition VI - Interactions with Children/Youth VII - Program Planning and Development VIII - Professional Development and Leadership
Levels 1 Knowledge and skills expected of a professional new to the field, with minimal specialized training/education. 2 Includes level 1 plus the knowledge and skills commensurate with a Youth Development Credential, a certificate in child/adolescent development, or equivalent training/education. 3 Includes levels 1 and 2 plus knowledge and skills commensurate with an associate’s degree in child/adolescent development. 4 Includes levels 1, 2, and 3 plus knowledge and skills commensurate with a bachelor’s degree in youth development. 5 Includes levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 plus knowledge and skills commensurate with an advanced degree in youth development.
I – Child/Adolescent Growth and Development Understand how youth learn and develop in each of the domains: physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative. • Child/Adolescent Growth and Development Level 1 – Is aware of the basic stages of youth development. Level 2 – Describes specific physical, cognitive, social, and emotional stages of youth development. Level 3 – Explains physical, cognitive, social, and emotional differences among youth. Level 4 – Integrates information on growth, development, and learning styles of individuals and applies it to youth in group settings Level 5 – Articulates, analyzes, evaluates, and/or applies current theories and research related to child/adolescent growth and development.
Florida School Age Professional Certificate (SAPC) One of 13 state credentials in the country
Florida SAPC Requirements § 120 hours of training based on a set of Core § § Competencies 480 hours of experience with children and youth Portfolio Professional resource file CDA model
Higher Education Models The secret in education lies in respecting the student Ralph Waldo Emerson
Palm Beach State College l l l Funding provided by Prime Time PB County Customized 40 hour training for school age practitioners with 12 hours of Advancing Youth Development Florida School Age Professional Certificate (120 hours includes the 40 hours above) 30 College Credit certificate and A. S. Degree in Human Services/Youth Development Articulation to B. A. S in Management and Supervision
Palm Beach State College Youth Development College Credit Certificate HUS 1001 Introduction to Human Services l HUS 1200 Principles in Group Facilitation l HUS 1640 Principles in Youth Work l HUS 1620 Principles & Practices in Afterschool Programs l EDF 1030 Behavior Management in the Classroom l DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development l PSY 2012 General Psychology l SYG 2010 American Social Problems l HUS 1850 Fieldwork in Human Services l HUS 1850 LFieldwork in Human Services I Internship Total: 10 courses/30 credits l
Palm Beach State College A. S. Human Services/Youth Development l Total of 65 credit hours l Includes 30 credits earned in YD Certificate l Additional 11 courses (33 credits) in general education and related areas l Articulates to B. A. S in Management and Supervision
Palm Beach State College B. A. S. Management and Supervision l l Palm Beach State College-approved BAS Sits on top of A. S. Degree Preparation for Management/Program Administration Requires additional general and elective courses beyond the A. S. Degree
University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Family, Youth and Community Sciences B. S. Degree provides the student with a foundational knowledge of: l Individual and family development and functioning in the community and societal context l Contemporary problems facing youth, families and communities Organizational policies and programs designed to address needs and improve quality of life l
Mission and Focus The Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences is dedicated to providing the general and technical education for graduates to enter careers in human and community services. This program provides in-depth course work on human development and understanding relationships within their social context; thus helping students analyze and assist youth, families, and communities with their particular needs and concerns. The FYCS program emphasizes the development of individual and family strengths and community assets to cope well with predictable developmental changes, such as adolescence; as well as with unpredictable events, such as sudden job loss; or chronic problems, such as poverty.
Nova University l l l Degree programs in Child and Youth Studies College of Education and Human Development Interested in partnership, filling gaps, distance learning, certifications and graduate courses
Supports and Incentives Not ‘”build it and they will come!”
Supports: TEACH l The T. E. A. C. H. Early Childhood© Scholarship Program provides: l The majority of the costs of tuition and books l For most participants, a per-semester stipend for travel or internet access A bonus for individuals who complete their contract Counseling and administrative support In most scholarship models, reimbursement to the early childhood program for release time given to participants l l TEACH Pilot Youth Development in Florida
Supports: Incentives l WAGES – – Prime Time contributes to WAGES for Afterschool practitioners in Palm Beach County Incentive payments to staff taking courses Hourly wage limit - prevents most Directors Could be expanded statewide for afterschool
Supports: System Building l “Prime Time Palm Beach County is a non-profit organization that serves afterschool programs and practitioners. It provides supports and resources that increase program quality to positively impact school age youth. l Vision: To be a leader in Palm Beach County and beyond in improving quality afterschool programming and setting the standards for afterschool professionals. l Mission: As an intermediary organization, Prime Time’s mission is to ensure that afterschool programs are of high quality in terms of delivery, practice and standards.
Supports: System Building (Cont’d) Quality Improvement l Provide advising and technical assistance to afterschool administrators to ensure quality delivery and oversight. Professional Development l Professionalize the field with career pathways for afterschool practitioners. Community Engagement and Supports l Coordinate community resources and funding to sustain local afterschool provider network. Research and Evaluation l Evaluate process and outcomes to improve and validate afterschool programming support methods.
Supports: System Building (Cont’d) l Serve as a neutral connector and convener o o l Business Partnership Council o l Funders Practitioners Community Partners Educational Community Partnership between Prime Time and the Palm Beach State College Financial Support o o Unique wrap-around model for T. E. A. C. H. pilot for Afterschool Created scale and timeline for WAGE$ for Afterschool in Palm Beach County Prime Time Professional Development Incentives Coursework and conference scholarships
We Have Also Learned to… l l l Align higher education and training with credentialing. Tie education requirements to wage incentives and benefits. (T. E. A. C. H. , tax credits, wage and salary increases) Support workers financially (i. e. scholarships) and otherwise (i. e. time off, moral support, etc. ) in their pursuits of higher education.
Lessons Learned from National Career Pathways Project l l Enlist all stakeholders, including the employers. Recognize the role of government and policy to raise the standard. Credentials matter most when tied to public policy Engage the candidate personally and professionally.
Most Importantly… l l Fund the full infrastructure – credentialing, coursework and degrees alone cannot function in the absence of a system. A national strategy and framework will guide the states.