Although I have been a NC licensed child care administrator for over 15 years, I am still learning new things all the time. I try to regularly evaluate my knowledge base and skill set to look for growth opportunities. Recently, I identified three goals for myself.
First, I interact with licensing regulations and standards on a daily basis. Currently, my state is in the process of changing its Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). I would like to better understand how licensing regulations are made and updated. By knowing this process, I could begin to advocate for the needs of children and parents in my school.
Second, I want to explore strategies on how to best support dual-language learners. I have a large bilingual population in my school. None of my teachers speak the families' native language. By learning new techniques, I can better connect my teachers with the students and parents in their classrooms.
Finally, I would like to learn more about the Head Start program. As a national, well-established program with a reputation of comprehensive, family-oriented programming, there is a lot I could learn from Head Start. Hopefully, I will be able to identify components that I could incorporate at my school to help enhance our school-to-home partnership.
I would love to hear my readers' recommendations as they relate to these goals. Any advise is welcome!