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Our Train-the-Trainer (TTT) prepares staff at early childhood organizations to lead All Our Kin’s Business Series, an engaging and accessible 10-week online course for family child care educators that covers everything from contracts and policies to financial management. All Our Kin will provide detailed training guides and implementation support as trainers pilot this series in their communities.
View our information session about the Business Series TTT
What is the Business Series?
All Our Kin has developed our business curriculum over the past decade, incorporating input provided directly from family child care educators** about the business topics most important to them. The Business Series is a 10-part, provider-facing series that covers marketing, contracts and policies, risk management, accounting and recordkeeping, the Time-Space Percentage, budgeting, savings, and more (see course outline here). The course is full of activities and features team-based learning in order to build supportive relationships between participants. We have chosen simple technologies and embedded technology training throughout the series so that participants of all levels will leave more comfortable with virtual learning than they came in. The series will offer 34 hours of professional development.
**Including licensed family child care educators as well as their staff and applicants in the licensing process.
What is the Train-the-Trainer?
The TTT will prepare you to teach the Family Child Care Business Series to family child care educators in your community. All Our Kin mentor trainers will present sections of the Business Series to model the activities and teach the content. They will pause and reflect often, pulling back the curtain to share all the tips and best practices that they know. The TTT is designed to be engaging and fun, and is flexible to meet the needs of all participants. Participants should be prepared to use a computer, rather than a phone or tablet.
When is the Train-the-Trainer?
A TTT is currently being scheduled. Sign up for our TTT notification and we’ll let you know when your next opportunity to attend will be. Whole group training hours will be set to accommodate participants from multiple time zones in the Continental U.S. Some learning will happen independently, including up to 10 hours of pre-work preceding the TTT.
Who should apply for Train-the-Trainer?
The TTT is best suited for groups of 2 or more trainers or coaches at organizations that have direct contact with family child care educators. This may include staffed family child care networks, provider associations, Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, nonprofit organizations, or child care unions. Participants should have a passion for supporting family child care educators, a commitment to equity for all caregivers, and dedicated work time and resources to implement the Business Series after the TTT. You do not need to have extensive business knowledge, though you should be comfortable with basic math. Participants should also be familiar with technology, such as Zoom and Google Suite.
We are especially seeking bilingual applicants who can offer the Business Series in Spanish or Chinese in their home communities.
What support will trainers receive as they implement the Business Series?
When participants go on to teach the Business Series in their home communities, they will receive guidance and support from All Our Kin, as well as opportunities to connect with a national community of Business Series trainers.
What resources are required to implement the Business Series?
Delivering each Business Series will require a budget of $75 per family child care educator for materials, and sufficient staff time for 1-2 trainers per class for at least twelve weeks. We encourage you to budget for technology needs, such as access to pro-level Zoom for trainers, and loaner laptops or hotspots if needed for participating educators. Because delivering the Business Series requires logistical coordination such as registration, ordering and shipping materials, etc, administrative support may be an additional benefit.
Can my organization teach the Business Series as an in-person class?
The Business Series is designed to be an interactive, low-tech virtual experience. However, if your organization has plans to teach in person, please reach out to us to discuss possible adaptations for in-person or hybrid instruction.
What does the cost cover?
The cost per participant covers:
We recommend teams from a state or organization apply to the TTT. Groups of 4 or more may qualify for a discount.
Note that delivering the Business Series requires additional funding, primarily for staff time and student materials (See: What resources are required to implement the Virtual Business Series?).
How do we find funding?
All Our Kin has developed a guide that you can use to seek funding to attend the Train-the-Trainer and deliver the Business Series in your community. Please click here to download an editable Word document. If you have questions regarding funding, please contact us at email@example.com.
What is the commitment if I'm accepted?
We ask that you commit to participating in the TTT in its entirety and delivering a pilot Business Series in your community within 12 months of the TTT. During this
period, we ask that you share feedback and evaluative data with All Our Kin. You are welcome to repeat the Series in your community as many times as you'd like on your own schedule after the
If accepted, we will ask you to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. In short, the MOU stipulates that:
What is the application and selection timeline?
We will notify you when applications open ahead of time. One application should be completed per organization. Each application includes a 45-minute conversation with All Our Kin for us to
learn about your vision for the Business Series in your community and answer any questions you or your participants may have for us. After our interview period, we notify participants of
attendance via email. At that time, we ask you to confirm your attendance within 1 week. Further timelines are provided after your acceptance into the TTT.
“The variety of teaching strategies accompanied with the super clear materials made it a very fabulous experience.”
“The sessions were very interactive, the presenters listened to our feedback and adjusted the following sessions accordingly; there was a great connection between presenters and audience; the music was fantastic, games were fun... I could write all day long about all my favorite parts of the Business Series!”
“Easily the best virtual training I have ever had. Presenters were engaging, helpful, patient, knowledgeable, graceful and really paid attention to adult learning needs and used strategies to appeal to adult learners.”
“I learned so much and made some great connections with other professionals across the country.”
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