Trainers

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IdahoSTARS Trainer Purpose

Trainers are an essential part of the IdahoSTARS mission to improve the quality of child care in Idaho.

Trainers offer child care providers

  • Training that providers can apply to their work with children and children’s families
  • Increased awareness of current topics in the Early Care and Education field
  • Practical tools and skills to use the next day in their work with the children and families they serve

Trainers offer IdahoSTARS

  • Current, professional, quality training for child care providers
  • Training which is developed based on their experience and education

Developing Trainings

IdahoSTARS categorizes training into three levels:

  • Introductory level for early childhood educators/providers
    Trainer must have a least an Associate’s degree and experience in the training topic area
  • Intermediate level for early childhood educators/providers
    Trainer must have at least a Bachelor’s degree and experience in the training topic area
  • Advanced level for early childhood educators/providers
    Trainer must have at least a Master’s degree and experience in the training topic area

Development of Trainings

When developing training a trainer should:

  • Understand the adult learner (Review The Adult Learner by Robin J. Fogarty and Brian M. Pete; this book is available for checkout from your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Office.)
  • Include modifications of the training material that will be used to include all children and families: think about poverty, disabilities, family structure, etc.
  • Include the three types of learning styles: auditory, kinesthetic and visual
  • Use current, scholarly sources
  • Review and know the Ten Core Knowledge Components for Early Care and Education
  • Review and know the Idaho Early Learning eGuidelines
    Note: Trainers need to mention the Idaho Early Learning eGuidelines during each training opportunity they conduct

Training Approval Process

To complete the Training Approval Packet read and follow steps:

Step 1: Fill out and Attach

Fill out the Training Approval Packet (located at the right of this page)

Note: If you are new to filling out a Training Approval Packet use the Training Approval Packet: Step-by-Step Resource Guide

Attach the following documents:

  • Outline of the training
  • Three key points of the training
  • Brief description of the training content (description will be entered on the Training Calendar)
  • Two techniques for auditory learners
  • Two techniques for kinesthetic learners
  • Two techniques for visual learners
  • Cite scholarly resources used in APA or MLA format
  • Explain modifications of the training material that will be used to include all children and families
  • List the Idaho Early Learning eGuideline Domains and Indicators which your training will include
    • For intermediate training only - please attach reflective activity (assignment) that will be given
    • For advanced training only - please attach action plan and trainer’s follow-up discussion/reflective activity
Step 2: Mail, Fax, or Email

Mail, fax, or email the packet and all required documents to:

IdahoSTARS Training Office
PO Box 444061
Moscow, Idaho 83844-4061
Fax: 208-885-6085
Email: idahostars@uidaho.edu

Step 3: IdahoSTARS Processing Time

Allow four to six weeks processing time for the Training Approval Packet.
Note: Make sure to consider the processing time when planning your training dates.

If you have questions, please contact:
IdahoSTARS Training Office
121 West Sweet Ave, STE 122
Moscow, ID 83844-4061
Email: idahostars@uidaho.edu
Phone: Call the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday and ask for the IdahoSTARS Training Office.

Approved Training Procedures

Before Training

Print the following documents located at the bottom of the page:

During Training

  • Each participant is registered on the IdahoSTARS Attendance Sheet.
  • Each participant receives:
    • Reflective Evaluation Information Sheet
    • Evaluación Reflexiva (the reflective evaluation for trainings in Spanish)
    • Same Day Evaluation or or Evaluación del mismo día (Spanish same-day)

Note: For quality assurance, IdahoSTARS requires that all attendees receive information about completing the reflective evaluations after 2 weeks following the training.

After Training

Enter attendees into Trainer Database (within 5 days) to ensure that attendees receive the training hours and can complete their 2 week Reflective Evaluation. If training has homework, trainer enters completion of homework into Training Database as it is received.