No matter the size or type of business, programs can benefit from regular personnel performance evaluations. Evaluations can be used to clearly communicate expectations, document and improve performance, recognize accomplishments, and develop and motivate personnel.
The Oklahoma Core Competencies is a document that includes what all who work with young children need to know, understand, and be able to do to support children’s learning and development; it can be used to assess skills in content areas, plan for professional development, write job descriptions, personnel policies and job interview questions, and evaluate educational offerings. Core competency books are available for both early childhood and out-of-school time practitioners and can be located at http://www.okdhs.org/services/cc/Pages/ChildCareMain.aspx.
Employee policy and procedure manuals clearly communicate the program’s policies, procedures, and expectations.
The Oklahoma Professional Development Registry is a statewide database created to recognize the professional development of all individuals working in the early care and education field and it is maintained by CECPD. Some benefits of the Registry are: professional development is maintained in one location, there is an interactive training calendar and map, individuals have access to their professional development record online at any time, and the Registry can be used to plan meaningful professional development and track accomplishments.
Meetings are the glue that holds the center together and serve as a way to communicate information, make and relay decisions, build teams, and identify and resolve problems.