The Guttman Center provides professional development based on Bank Street’s expertise in early childhood education and the needs of daycare providers. The five-month program provides:
- A foundation in early childhood development
- Strategies for creating environments that support the cognitive and social-emotional goals providers have for children between birth and 3 years of age
- Support for working with families
- Networking support and membership in a community of early childhood educators.
The Guttman Center does this through:
- A course that meets once a month at a central location within the community.
- Learning experiences that are drawn from Bank Street’s Infant and Family Development master’s degree program and are taught by Bank Street faculty.
- One-on-one coaching with a trained Bank Street coach. Twice a month, the coach visits each provider to help translate the material from the course into the provider’s work, resulting in goals and strategies for improved practice.
Our work has shown significant improvement in the following key areas:
- Increased knowledge of caregivers of the developmental needs of their infants and toddlers
- Stronger relationships between caregivers and the children in their care
- Stronger relationships between caregivers and the families that they serve
- Increased ability of caregivers to create environments that respond to the developmental and educational needs of infants and toddlers
Participants of the program benefit in a number of ways. Each caregiver receives a certificate of completion from Bank Street that can be advertised in all of their marketing materials. Those working on their Child Development Associate can earn 20 hours towards completion. In addition, all participants receive free access to Bank Street resources such as institutes, workshops, and visits to the Bank Street Family Center.