KCCTO Support for Directors
KCCTO supports early childhood program directors and administrators through training and communities of practice.
Leadership Series: Two, 5-week blended format courses that combine a book study and online coursework, including assigned book readings, online course discussions/assignments, and weekly Zoom Meetings. View our courses page to find upcoming dates for these courses.
- Developing People: This course utilizes the book The Art of Leadership: Developing People in Early Childhood Organizations, which offers practical advice from leading experts in the early childhood field on selecting, training, and appraising staff, as well as promoting teamwork among staff members.
- Inspiring Early Childhood Leaders: This course utilizes the book Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality by Susan MacDonald, which lays out strategies designed to support program leaders in finding new ways to reduce the levels of stress on themselves and their staff and move into a unified, engaging system for leading with passion, intention, and purpose. A positive, strengths-based leadership system is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs.
- Making Positive Changes to Your Program: This 5-hour online course looks organizational quality improvement by exploring the Human Performance Technology models and applying the framework to your organization with guided support.
- Reflection and Coaching to Support Staff: In this 10-hour online course explore the power of supporting staff through reflection and coaching. This course blends online content, reflective journaling, 4 one-on-one meetings with your trainer, and guided practice coaching of at least one staff member. This is a self-paced course that can be started anytime and must be completed within 60 days of start.
Program-Specific trainings are two-hour virtual sessions that engage staff through activities designed around your program’s policies, practices, and environments. Directors will meet with a Professional Development Specialist for a pre-planning meeting to select activities and discuss logistics. During the virtual training, the Specialist will facilitate the content via Zoom with onsite support from the director. Training topics are listed below and include several annual health and safety trainings:
- Power of Positive Communication
- Active Kids Active Supervision
- Behavior and Guidance of Young Children
- Germs When Caring Means Not Sharing
- Successful Naptime for Children
- Supporting Relationships Through Engaging Environments
- Teaching Strategies to Enhance Transitions
In-person training is offered on a limited basis and priority is given to licensed programs working with the Infant Toddler Specialist Network. Other In-person training requests will be handled based on KCCTO staff capacity.
Programs needing to complete online training due to KDHE non-compliance please call the KCCTO office if training is needed sooner than 30 days. To be considered for a Program Specific Training, In-person training, or online training requests, complete the Training Request Form below.
Please note: The staff training request form is ONLY for the three trainings listed above (Program Specific, In-Person or KDHE Non-Compliance). If you would like to bulk enroll your staff for an already scheduled training, please contact the KCCTO office.
Are you looking for a virtual gathering place to ask questions, share knowledge and ideas, network with other professionals, and explore popular topics about the early childhood profession? Check out our Communities of Practice (CoP). The Program Administrators CoP is designed specifically for people that are in administrative roles in center-based or preschool settings.