What is the Mentor Program?
Windham Child Care Association recognizes that quality child care is best achieved when individuals are able to learn from each other in supportive and hands on environments.The mission of the Mentor Program is to improve quality of care in Windham County, by linking Mentees to experienced Mentors.
Goals of the Program:
- Give support and confidence to new registered home providers
- Encourage personal growth and quality early childhood education practices
- Acknowledge mentors’ experience and expertise in the early childhood field
- Provide incentives to experienced educators to remain in the early childhood field
- Professional development opportunities
- Mentor visits
- Vouchers for professional development
- Money for substitutes to Mentees
- Financial incentives to Mentors
Through the Mentor Program providers receive free, individualized and structured support through a mentor/mentee relationship that enhances their programs.
Mentors may assist with:
- Curriculum Development
- State Licensing Requirements
- Participation in the STARS program / increased STAR level
- Creating an IPDP (Individualized Professional Development Plan)
- Working with Families
- Designing Indoor or Outdoor Environments
- Observation & Assessment Tools
- Connecting to Starting Points Network
- Sustainable Business Practices
- CDA Credentialing
- Preparing for NAFCC Accreditations
What Does it Cost?
There is no fee involved! With thanks to a generous grant from Vermont Birth to Five, we are able to offer this program to any registered or licensed home provider in Windham County.
How do I get involved?
If you would like to work with a mentor, we are happy to help facilitate this. Call Nancy Witherill at 254-5332 ext 312 for more information.