Childcare training program offered

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Berkeley County First Steps will launch an eight-month training program in 2014 to strengthen the management skills of owners, administrators and directors of child care businesses in Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

In partnership with the South Carolina Womenís Business Center, the SCWBC/First Steps Child Care Business Leaders Cohort will offer five workshops and four networking sessions from February through October.

Classes will be held at the Fishburne Educational Center at 6215 Murray Drive in Hanahan.

The South Carolina Center for Womenísí Business will provide the program trainers with program leadership facilitators coming from the First Steps program.

Admission to the program is based on specific criteria. An applicant must have a minimum of two yearís tenure as a manager in a childcare center or Head Start program. If the experience level is less than two years, the applicant can be a business owner who is in the process of opening a child care center.

The curriculum includes management and leadership, strategic planning, operations and project management, marketing and public relations, human resources management and finance.

A program improvement plan will be an essential component of the business leaderís cohort program. Under the guidance of the trainers and program facilitators, each participant will identify one area specify business or management problem and design a strategy for improvement. Participants must also commit to the completion of a pre/post evaluation of their programs.

Participants will attend networking sessions at designated child care businesses in Berkeley County. Dinner will be provided to participants along with free publications and businesses materials.

The participant fees range from $75 to $100 based on program size and budget. Scholarships are available. For more information on the Business Leadership Series or scholarships, call Berkeley County First Steps at 843-863-3030 or send an email to adriennetroyberkeleyfirststeps@aol.com

To register, go to scwbc.net. Deadline is January 31.

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