The Family Child Day Care Home and In-Home Provider Orientation course is designed for all newly registered Family Child Day Care Home and In-Home Providers in Louisiana. This course is divided into two parts in which each part includes a series of lectures. In part 1, providers will understand their role as a Family Child Care Provider, gain information on setting up their child care environment, explore ideas on increasing their level of professionalism, identify tools to help them create a parent handbook, and understand how to maintain compliance with the Provider Agreement. In part 2, providers will gain information about required record-keeping procedures, become familiar with child development, learn how to create a daily schedule for children, and learn more about keeping children healthy and safe. This course is worth 4 training credit hours.
Romney Manuel has many years of experiences in the early childhood field. Mr. Manuel also has a vast amount of experience using reliable and valid assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood programs. Romney currently works at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) in the Division of Early Childhood. At LDE, Mr. Manuel serves as Program Specialist where he works with Child Care Providers, and Resource/Referral Agencies who provide trainings, technical assistance, and referrals for child care providers and for families of young children. He has also provided professional development to early childhood teachers and administrators throughout the state of Louisiana, and has presented at local, and state, and national conferences.
Effie Toliver has more than 20 years of experience in the child care field. During that time she has held almost every position possible in a child care center and has also worked as a family home provider for 4 years. Effie has an Associate of Science degree in Business. She has been trained as a parent educator through the FAST (Families and Schools Together) Program and is a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) practitioner. Currently, Effie works for Partnerships in Child Care as the Training Coordinator, where she is responsible for the scheduling and coordination of more than 400 trainings, workshops, and network meetings annually. Effie is a devoted wife and proud mother of 4 daughters.
Karen Powell serves as the Director of the Partnerships in Child Care Division of Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge. Powell holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy and a Master of Arts degree in English. Powell has 11 years of experience in education, developing trainings and new curricula, policy and infrastructure, and assessments and measurements. She also has 11 years of experience with research into best practices, program and grant implementation and administration, staff supervision, and event management. At Louisiana State University, as the Program Director for a statewide coalition, and as the Director of Education Initiatives at Capital Area United Way (where she launched multiple national early childhood initiatives in the state), Powell has brought together and led diverse groups in partnerships on new programs, facilitating work both within and outside of non-profit agencies. Powell also served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for 3 years to abused children in the foster care system.