Training and Curriculum

The Training and Curriculum Section of the Family Member Programs provides leadership, support, and comprehensive training to ensure our staff and volunteers are well prepared to work with our young children and youth. This training contributes to the readiness of staff, providers, and volunteers to provide quality programs for children and families. In addition to developing and managing appropriate curriculum, goals and objectives that promote children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth, the Training & Curriculum Specialist is also a valuable resource for parents desiring information on child development, special needs, and a variety of parenting topics.

It is our belief that child development and youth programs have a dramatic impact on the lives of the children who are enolled in them. Early and middle childhood experiences are critical in determining a child’s attitudes towards learning, social interactions, and self-esteem. The attitudes and beliefs children develop early on stay with them throughout their lives. If their experiences are positive, then children’s lives are enriched, their capabilities strengthened. The key factor in whether a program has this positive effect on children is the quality of the program. One of the critical elements in a quality program is quality training for staff, providers, volunteers and parents.

The Family Member Programs Flight Training & Curriculum Specialist serves as the focal point for development, implementation and maintenance of a training and curriculum program designed to meet the needs of the Youth Activities Center’s School-age Program, the Child Development Center and the licensed Family Child Care Homes on Malmstrom Air Force Base. Staff and Family Child Care providers are required, by Air Force and DoD regulations to have a minimum of 21 – 24 hours of training annually. Our programs far exceed this requirement each year, with many individuals completing two-three times the required training.

Watching young children grow and develop new skills is one of the most rewarding parts of being involved in the lives of children. Quality training enables our staff and providers to meet the developmental needs of the children entrusted to our care. By understanding what to expect of children at various ages and stages of development, staff and providers can plan curricula that allows children to develop their optimum potential; physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.

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