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Growing the Workforce Newsletter

Webinars

MERIT Webinars

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Description

The workforce registry, MERIT is getting a facelift! MERIT is a great tool to track your professional development and staff qualifications and now with the new updates, MERIT will be easier to navigate and will have better overall design to help you track your progress. Updates to the MERIT dashboard will become available in Spring 2021.

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  • Introduction 0:00
  • Agenda 0:17
  • Navigating the Updated MERIT Dashboard 0:33
    • Qualifications status bars and colors: 3:55
  • Contact Information: 12:40

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Description

This webinar is all about professional development opportunities! We cover the following in detail:

  • How to find Pre-Service and In-Service Training opportunities near you using MERIT
  • Navigating the professional record tab to find your completed trainings
  • Entering health and safety training (s)
  • Completing a training reimbursement 

Video Time Markers

  • Introductions: 0:15
  • Newsletters and Webinars (location on website): 3:07
  • DCYF Training Portal: 10:00  
  • Training Resources in MERIT: 13:08
    • Additional Trainings in MERIT: 16:15
    • Finding State-Approved Trainers (in MERIT): 21:25
    • Training Records in MERIT: 23:16
    • Submitting a Continuing Education Proposal: 26:50
    • Training Reimbursement: 30:43
  • Training Resources on DCYF website: 14:53
    • Required Trainings: 5:10
    • Core Competencies (location on website): 20:03
    • How to submit a Continuing Education Proposal (resource): 26:05
  • Resources & contact information: 42:18

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Description

The Facility/Site section is where employers view their employee’s information like required trainings, etc. The audience for this webinar are owners, directors, family child care licensees, site/contact managers and other employees who support staff.

The following topics are covered in detail:

  • Registering a facility or site in MERIT
  • Viewing employee Portable Background Check status
  • Viewing employee required trainings

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  • Introductions: 0:05
  • Newsletters and Webinars (location on website): 1:43
  • Facility Site Support Documents (location on website): 4:46
  • Facility Site Tab Registration: 7:59
  • Navigating the Facility Site Tab: 8:45
  • Additional Resources: 28:17
  • Contact information: 30:21

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Description

This webinar is geared towards child care providers, employers or anyone who supports early learning professionals with the Education Application process. The following topics are covered in detail:

  • How to submit an education application in MERIT.
  • How to send required education documents.
  • The process to submit a foreign degree. 

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  • Introductions: 0:35
  • Newsletters and Webinars (location on website): 2:39
  • Contact information: 6:45
  • MERIT Sign-in: 7:07
  • My Education tab (submitting an education application): 7:16
  • My Award: 20:12
  • Submitting the Application: 23:32
  • My Education Support Documents: 32:34
  • Location of MERIT Support Documents: 42:24
  • College Programs and Scholarships: 45:03
  • Contact information: 45:56

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Description

This webinar is geared towards child care providers, employers or anyone who supports early learning professionals with the Professional Record. The professional record in MERIT is where early learning providers see everything; training, employment, background check status, etc. The following topics are covered in detail:

  • Adding employment in MERIT
  • Adding health and safety information to your record

Video Time Markers

  • Introductions: 1:32
  • MERIT Sign-in: 5:15
  • Professional Record Tab: 7:30
  • Health & Safety Trainings: 18:51
  • Early Care & Education/School-Age Employment Information: 21:00
  • Newsletters and Webinars (location on website): 37:00
  • Contact information: 40:20
  • Questions: 41:40

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Description

This is an introductory webinar geared towards child care providers, employers or anyone who supports early learning professionals who are new to MERIT or not familiar with MERIT. The following topics are covered:

  • Where to find MERIT support materials on the DCYF website
  • Registering in MERIT
  • Applying for a STARS ID
  • Submitting the Portable Background Check (PBC)

Video Time Markers

  • Webinar Agenda Overview: 2:51
  • Navigating MERIT-related resources on the DCYF website: 4:30
  • MERIT How-to Guides (location on website): 5:12
  • Newsletters and Webinars (location on website): 6:05
  • How to Register in MERIT: 8:32
  • Applying for a STARS ID: 17:15
  • Participant Questions: 25:57
  • Submitting the Portable Background Check (PBC): 31:12
  • Contact information: 54:35
  • Contact information for FFN providers: 55:31

Staff Qualifications Webinars

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Description

During this webinar, the PD team will share more about the education pathways, including:

  • Overview of Staff Qualifications
  • Pathways to meet education requirements
    • How to indicate your selected pathway in the Workforce Registry, MERIT.
    • Learn the next steps for your chosen pathway, including the experience option.
    • Determine the steps you'll need to take given the timeline for your role.
  • Training Requirements

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  • Introduction: 0:00
  • Meeting Staff Qualifications: 0:40
  • Hiring and Pre-service Requirements: 0:56
  • Training Requirements: 3:29
    • Child Care Basics: 7:53
    • Federally Required Training: 9:44
  • In-Service Training Requirement: 10:11
  • Education Requirements: 13:20
    • Family Homes: 14:40
    • Centers: 15:55
  • Keeping Track of Qualifications: 16:46
  • Pick your option for the Education Requirement 18:18
    • Experience-Based Competency: 19:22
    • Community Based Training: 20:14
    • Additional Education options: 20:28
    • Stackable Certificates: 21:52
  • Understand your options: 23:30
  • Tips to support providers: 25:00
  • Resources: 26:20
  • Contact Information: 27:40

State-Approved Trainers & RBPD Professionals

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Description

The State-Approved Training standards allow DCYF to ensure that all of our state-approved trainers are consistently offering high-quality learning experiences for early childhood and school-age professionals.

The Trainer Standards Workgroup has put forward a draft of the revised trainer standards. This webinar goes over the changes to the standards, which include the introduction of a virtual learning competency, anti-bias, and anti-racism standards and the use of leveling to show progression of knowledge and skills.

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  • Introduction of Work: 0:58
  • Key Features of Impactful Learning: 2:00
  • Value Behind Trainer Standards 6:05
  • Key Drivers Behind the Update 8:20
  • How Will the Trainer Standards be Implemented 10:12
  • Revision Process & Community Engagement 11:33
  • The Five Identified Standards 13:30
  • How to Review the Standard(s) 16:30
  • Provide Your Feedback 21:27
  • Contact Information: 24:37

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Description

All trainers will need to go through a renewal process by Dec. 31, 2020. This webinar outlines what State-Approved trainers must do in order to complete the renewal process.

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  • When do I renew? 0:26
  • Webinar agenda 0:34
  • Why this change? 1:07
  • What will happen after renewal? 2:14
  • What does the renewal process look like? 3:25
  • Active trainer criteria for future trainers: 5:53
  • Implementation timeline: 7:32
  • Outstanding questions & answers: 10:55
  • Contact Information: 17:10

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Description

DCYF plans to grow a diverse workforce that will provide all community-level participants to receive individualized, responsive and effective services. This webinar covers the role of Relationship-based Professional Development (RBPD) in DCYF’s vision for children and families as well as the major milestones and timeline for this initiative.

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  • Introductions and Housekeeping: 00:00 
  • Goals of the webinars: 9:00
  • RBPD definition and Cycle of Inquiry: 9:25
  • Importance of RBPD: 11:57
  • Who are RBPD professionals? 18:57
  • Characteristics of RBPD professionals: 23:54
  • DCYF’s vision for RBPD work: 30:30
  • RBPD milestones and future of RBPD work: 33:47
  • Benefits of RBPD work: 43:10
  • Partnerships: 44:17
  • Questions: 50:00
  • Contact information: 53:05

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Description

The Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback app that enables providers to take what they learn, apply it to their interactions with children and then reflect upon their practice with their coaches.

The tool was upgraded to be cleaner, faster and provides the user with more accessible video uploading capabilities along with a range of other media resources, including a community of practice platform. During this webinar we explore the tool and highlight the new and improved features.

Video Time Markers

  • Introductions 0:19
  • Location of webinars on DCYF Website: 3:24
  • What is the Coaching Companion? 4:55
  • Navigating the Tool Introduction:
    • Goals section: 6:51
    • Action Planning 9:20
    • Focused Observation: 11:47
    • Reflection & Feedback: 16:00
    • Resource Library: 19:38
  • Navigating the Tool Live:
    • How to Create a Coaching Cycle (Live Example): 27:26
    • Create a Focused Observation: 43:28
    • Reflection and Feedback: 50:03
  • Contact information: 56:13

General Professional Development

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Description

DCYF used CARES Act funding to purchase materials and develop toolkits to use in early learning classrooms when implementing COVID-19 guidance. During this webinar, the PD team will highlight the toolkit materials, discuss ways to use the materials in the classroom and review the COVID-19 tip-sheets and where to access them online, anytime.

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  • Introduction 0:00
  • Background on the project 0:20
  • Exploring the toolkits 1:06
    • Promote Physical Distancing 1:23
    • Promote Handwashing 2:13
    • Supporting Emotional Health 2:40
    • Promote Outdoor Activities 3:05
    • Written Materials 3:22
    • Tip Sheets 4:24
  • How will you use the materials? 5:22
  • Contact Information 6:14

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Description

Learn about the enhancement made to DCYFtraining.com. The updates include customized training features based on roles, easier search abilities and a preview of all available trainings on this site.

Video Time Markers

  • Introduction: 0:00
  • Agenda 0:17
  • Sneak-peek of updates: 0:35
  • Navigating the DCYF Training site (DCYFTraining.com) 0:59
  • Overview: 7:52
  • Searching for Training: 8:20
  • Resources: 9:33
  • Contact Information: 10:33

PDP Q&A

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Description

This webinar is all about the Professional Development Plan (PDP) and covers the following topics in detail:

  • What a PDP is.
  • How to use the PDP to track professional and educational progress.
  • How DCYF licensors will use the PDP.
  • How to assist ECE staff in completing their PDP.

Video Time Markers

  • Introduction: 0:00
  • Agenda 0:23
  • What is a Professional Development Plan (PDP)? 0:45
  • What does the PDP look like? 1:59
  • How to use your PDP 2:47
  • Step 1: Know your milestone 4:30
  • Step 2: Make a choice 5:45
    • Various pathways 6:20
    • Evaluating your education 7:00
  • Step 3: Getting Started! 8:30
  • Where do I keep my PDP? 9:28
  • How do licensors use the PDP? 10:50
  • How to help others with the PDP 12:46
  • Resources 14:03
  • Contact Information: 16:13

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Description

Program administrators require a unique set of knowledge and skills to be effective in their leadership role and run an early childhood education (ECE) program successfully. Washington State is supporting the development of program leaders by requiring in-service training specific to leadership practices. This webinar outlines the Leadership Practices Requirements and supports.

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  • Introduction 0:01
  • Webinar agenda: 0:20
  • Why is there a leadership practices requirement? 0:53
  • Skills program leaders require: 1:51
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant: 2:30
  • Federal Guidelines and Leadership Framework: 3:22
  • Reasons why ECE programs fail: 4:36
  • The WAC and who this requirement applies to: 5:34
  • In-Service Training (WAC 110-300-0107): 6:14
  • Breaking down the training requirement and EQEL: 7:00
  • Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals: 8:20
  • Competencies that make up the leadership practices: 9:25
  • Professional Learning Opportunities & the Leadership Practices document: 10:34
  • Contact information: 14:32

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Description

The ECE Career Planning Portal supports individuals in the Early Learning field with: Providing education options, financial resources, locating education advisors and provide various professions available to you in the ECE field.  During this quick webinar we cover the following topics in detail:

  • Overview of all of the education options and pathways available to you
  • Scholarship and grant opportunities to help pay for college
  • Navigating the portal and highlighting recent updates made to the portal 

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  • Introductions 0:19
  • What’s in it for me? 1:10
  • Early Achievers Grant statistics: 2:00
  • Certificate & Degree Completions data: 2:30
  • Navigating the ECE Career Planning Portal 3:27
  • Careers 4:55
  • Find a degree: 6:35
  • Financial aid: 10:15
  • FAQ’s: 14:28
  • Navigating the Professional Development pages on DCYF’s website (16:15)
  • Education and Scholarships page on DCYF’s website: 18:24
  • Contact Information: 19:34