EIP Scholarships for the Individualized Training Program
The Individualized Training Program (ITP) can be used for any individual who works with children to get high quality technical assistance/training. If developed appropriately, it can provide subjects with great comprehension and can result in high quality care.
The ITP is a type of noncredit-bearing training that the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) will consider for scholarship purposes and must contain the following components:
- Self-assessment by the child care provider and pre and post observation by the trainer AND
- One-on-one training of the child care provider at the provider’s child care work site AND
- Program evaluation
Any organization wishing to offer an Individualized Training Program to child care providers, thereby allowing the provider a higher level of scholarship through EIP must comply with the following requirements:
- Use a validated assessment tool (for example: Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale- ECERS, Harms and Clifford). The participant will use it as a self-assessment tool and the trainer will use it as an observation tool before individualized training begins. This will become the basis of discussion and training to improve competence by the end of the Individualized Training Program. The trainer will do a final observation at the end of the program using the same tool to determine relative improvement. For providers who do not read or write English, the bi-lingual field trainer will be the only participant in the pre and post observation process. There can be no self-assessment (if ECERS is used.) The trainer must provide documentation that training on the use of the tool was received.
- Specified documentation must be submitted to EIP for pre-approval from each organization wanting to offer an Individualized Training Program that accepts EIP scholarships from its participants as a funding source.
- 20% of the total training hours may be used in group care settings. This training may happen during non-child care hours to assist with discussion of confidential information. A maximum of three ITP participants from the same room/group may be trained together. An individual may also use up to 20% of his/her time to obtain training in non-child care hours for the same purpose.
If you are interested in taking advantage of the ITP scholarships offered by the EIP, you can visit the SUNY Training Strategies Group website at http://www.tsg.suny.edu/eiptoi.htm and download the “EIP Individualized Training Program Pre-Approval Packet and Directions”
The EIP has also made available a Technical Assistance Paper for those organizations interested in the Individualized Training Program Development, to download it please Click Here
For more information please contact Patricia Wilson or Colleen O'Grady at : 518-443-5940.