Many Program Enhancements Set for the 2017-2018 School Year
In our ongoing effort to provide the absolute best learning experience and environment for our Alta Head Start/Early Head Start children, we will be implementing the following enhancements to our program for the 2017-2018 school year:
Right Response Techniques
We will be training our staff and implementing ongoing teacher support and training in basic and advanced skills in four key areas: Prevention, De-escalation, Postvention and Physical Safety.
Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)
We are training staff in this trauma-informed practice that can be used by adults who interact with traumatized children, focusing on connecting with children and increasing their positive behaviors.
CARE utilizes a set of techniques for giving children and their caregivers effective positive commands and the use of selective techniques to redirect problematic behaviors.
Practice-Based Coaching (PBC)
This is a process for supporting teachers’ use of effective practices that lead to positive outcomes for children. The coaching components are:
- Planning goals and action steps
- Engaging in focused observation
- Reflecting on and sharing feedback about teaching practices
We are installing video cameras, both inside and out, at all sites to use as a quality improvement tool. This will enable teachers, educational assistants and education supervisors to use real-life situations to proactively develop enhanced educational and social-emotional development strategies.