In effort to show appreciation and strengthen the quality of child care in metro Atlanta, Emory’s WorkLife Resource Center has coordinated and is co-sponsoring a training event for area child care centers which make up the Emory Child Care Network. The event is held at Zoo Atlanta on November 10th. The other co-sponsors of the event include Quality Care for Children, Zoo Atlanta, and BrownRichards & Associates (Emory’s dependent care resource & referral provider).
Over the past several months Emory WorkLife worked with Quality Care for Children to create two new training programs that focus on helping center directors and teachers with management and organizational issues, as well as curriculum creativity. One workshop aims to help area child care centers attract and retain quality workers which can be a real challenge in the industry. The second workshop is designed to help directors and teachers be creative in their curriculum design and teach them to help parents understand more about how these early play experiences help their children to meet the Georgia Early Learning Standards to begin school. The new training material was approved from Bright from the Start and will be offered at no cost to network directors that attend the event. Attending directors also earn professional training hours for their participation.
The Emory WorkLife Resource Center is all too aware of the challenges of finding quality, affordable child care in the Atlanta area and wants to do its part in trying to improve it where it can. This training event is one way they can begin to help bring quality improvements to community child care. All of the centers that participate in this network serve families beyond Emory, making it a service that benefits the entire community.