The roles of each group of program participants will be clearly delineated and documented in the program’s content (see The Program [WHAT] section of this website for more detail). A critical component of the program will be the methods that these various groups use to communicate with and learn from each other.
Online communication tools will be an integral part of the program, allowing teachers, their colleagues, and each child’s parent or caregiver to be in communications with each other. Discussion boards, Zoom sessions, and written communications are examples of the tools that will be used.
The pilot program will focus on professionals in preschools and in licensed childcare centers. Later phases will likely extend to other settings in which children ages 1 – 5 years receive education, social, and/or personal support including programs such as Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Head Start.