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Exciting New Opportunity at the HCDC-ALC

posted on Monday, March 22, 2021

The Hawkeye Child Development Center (HCDC) - ALC is taking part in an on-going leadership training to help grow skills and provide the best possible care.

Each month lead teachers dive deep into the Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment and the Ethics and Early Childhood Educator series provided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

“This training series was designed to give our leads a foundation on which they can practically apply and develop their leadership skills. Our intent was to base this series in a strong code of ethics that can be used to develop creative win-win solutions to the variety of challenges that occur as leaders in childcare settings. These win-win solutions will in turn result in an increased quality of services to the children at the ALC and the Cedar Valley Community as a whole.” – Sara Law, Staff Development Manager and training facilitator.

Beginning last October, the series of trainings has already received high praise from staff and families. 

Jessica Geidel, Child Care Center Coordinator, shares some positive outcomes she’s seen thus far, “the leadership training has a chain reaction of positive outcomes for our staff. Our lead teachers are more confident and comfortable solving problems and working through conflict. They are also able to guide other staff through the conflicts they may be facing. Having this open, honest and solution-oriented mindset has brought our team closer together, created a more positive environment, and began a foundation on which we can continue to build the success of the center through positive leadership.” 

Our lead teachers have already implemented these new skills into their 
work routines such as Sarah Errthum, Infant Room Lead Teacher and Assistant Child Care Center Coordinator, who credits the trainings have strengthened her staff as 
a team.

EPI’s Talent Recruiter and Retention Coordinator and training facilitator, Alissa Geving, shares, “we are very excited to continue to watch this training series unfold as well as witness the growth in the professional development of our lead staff at the HCDC-ALC.”