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Webinars

MERIT Webinars

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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 

Video Time Markers

  • 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

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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

Video Time Markers

  • 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. 

Video Time Markers

  • 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

This webinar is geared towards Early Learning professionals and provides an overview of Staff Qualifications pertaining to training, professional development and education.

Video Time Markers

  • Overview: 0:22
  • Hiring Requirements: 3:07
  • Getting the Process Started: 6:26
  • Step 1: Education Application: 6:38
  • Step 2: Make a plan: 7:17
  • Step 3: Tell DCYF the plan: 7:41
  • Plan Option 1: Experience-Based Competency Demonstration: 8:45
  • Plan Option 2: Alternative Credentials: 9:35
  • Plan Option 3: Education: Stackable Certificates: 11:41
  • Step 4: Complete the plan within the 5 years: 12:10
  • MERIT Records: 13:00
  • Now sure what option to choose? 15:35
  • Snapshot of all options: 16:21
  • A detailed overview of all the options: 17:26
  • Training: 25:29
  • Three types of ‘training” in WAC: Pre-service, Training, In-service: 26:09
  • Pre-service Training Requirements: 26:47
  • Training Requirements: 29:01
  • Training Requirements for Volunteers: 32:16
  • Child Care Basics: 34:00
  • In-Service Training Overview: 36:41
  • In-Service Training by Role: 45:30
  • Tips to support providers: 47:52
  • Resources: 49:38      
  • Navigating the DCYF website: 51:20
  • Contact information: 58:37

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Description

This webinar is geared towards Early Learning professionals who have no college credits nor degree and provides an overview of what a provider will need to do to meet the education licensing requirements.

Video Time Markers

  • Overview: 0:00
  • Getting the Process Started: 2:04
  • Education Application in MERIT: 2:33
  • Make a plan: 3:10
  • Options to meet education requirement: 4:30
  • Experience-Based Competency Demonstration: 7:11
  • Alternative Credentials: 8:16
  • Education: Stackable Certificates: 8:48
  • A detailed overview of all the options: 12:50
  • Tips to support providers: 23:35
  • Resources: 25:53        
  • Upcoming webinars: 28:00
  • Newsletters and Webinars page on DCYF website: 29:19
  • Contact information: 30:00
  • Questions: 31:00

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Description

This webinar is geared towards Early Learning professionals who have taken some college level courses and have some credits but no degree.

Video Time Markers

  • Introductions: 0:25
  • Overview: 1:50
  • What to do with your education: 4:40
  • Pick your option and make a plan: 6:29
  • Plan in MERIT: 7:20
  • Snapshot of updates coming to MERIT: 10:00
  • What if my education is already verified? 11:50
  • Determining Credits that are Aligned: 13:16
  • Resources: 19:11
  • Upcoming webinars: 24:28
  • Where to find information on DCYF’s website:  25:51
  • Contact info and closing: 35:00

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Description

This webinar is geared towards Early Learning Professionals and it’s all about how to meet the education requirement if you already have a college degree. The following topics are covered in depth: overview of staff qualifications and key points, meeting the new qualifications with your degree and resources available to you.

Video Time Markers

  • What does it mean to Meet Staff Qualifications: 1:12
  • What to do with your education: 7:29
  • Pick your option and make a plan: 10:00
  • Plan in MERIT: 19:00
  • Snapshot of updates coming to MERIT: 24:09
  • I have a degree, now what? 28:21
  • What do to do if your degree is not in ECE: 37:34
  • What if my education is already verified? 41:23
  • Chart of Related Credentials: 45:00
  • Questions: 48:00
  • Where to find FAQ’s: 51:00
  • Resources: 1:00:00
  • Contact info and closing: 1:01:00

State-Approved Trainers & RBPD Professionals

 

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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.

Video Time Markers

  • 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

Child Care Basics (CCB) is a thirty (30) hour training that meets the federal health and safety training requirements. The webinar covers the following topics in detail: available alternatives to meet this requirement, options to complete the training and guidance on how the completed requirement recorded in MERIT.

Video Time Markers

  • Introductions and Housekeeping: 00:00
  • Overview of webinar: 4:29
  • What is CCB? 5:33
  • CCB Content Areas: 6:09
  • Who needs CCB? 9:12
  • How to find training in MERIT: 10:28
  • How to meet the CCB requirement: 17:39
  • When to complete CCB: 19:28
  • How to record CCB in MERIT: 22:35
  • Continued learning and EQEL: 32:07
  • EQEL video clip: 33:25
  • Resources: 36:38
  • Navigating the DCYF website (for information and resources): 45:49
  • Contact information: 53:19

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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