How to Conduct an Effective Child Care Needs Assessment
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Access to quality, affordable child care is crucial to supporting families in their communities, yet we know that many communities lack adequate child care resources.
If you as a family professional, extension agent, or community stakeholder are working toward child care solutions in your community, you know that identifying funding sources and assessing needs must be based on more than a hunch. It’s important that you take a comprehensive look at the community’s needs and available resources.
But where do you start? How do you conduct a child care needs assessment effectively and efficiently?
Find out in this NCFR webinar where Bradford Wiles, Ph.D., will take you step by step through conducting an effective child care needs assessment using the Community-Based Participatory Research framework.
You’ll learn the proven approaches, instruments, and measures this framework provides to conduct a comprehensive, valuable assessment in your community, and you’ll even see sample results so you know what you’ll have by the end of the assessment process. You’ll leave this webinar with a resource list and access to the validated tools — surveys, focus group questions, and more — that will help will make your child care needs assessment a success.
Intended Audience: Extension professionals; family professionals/community stakeholders; and researchers interested in measuring child-care needs in communities
Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.
What Attendees Said After Participating in This Webinar:
"The info was great. Very relevant and informative. This will be very helpful in not only child care but with putting together other types of needs assessments."
As a result of attending the webinar, participants will:
- be able to identify resources and strategies to overcome challenges related to accessing quality, affordable child care
- know the steps and tools needed to conduct an effective child care needs assessment; and
- have access to already created and available tools to conduct needs assessments in their communities.
About the Presenter
Bradford Wiles, Ph.D., is an extension specialist and an assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. Dr. Wiles’ program of research focuses on building resilience and health in vulnerable families. Specifically, he uses a collaborative model of applied developmental research and outreach, focusing his efforts on providing rural, low-income, ethnically and racially diverse families with young children with the knowledge, skills, and decision-making strategies to make a difference in their lives.
During his time at Kansas State, Dr. Wiles has earned a Big 12 Fellowship and has been selected for the National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) program and the Coffman Leadership Institute. He is most proud of his collaborations with researchers and practitioners across the spectrum of scholarship.
Dr. Wiles' vision is to reach all families with young children and assist them in applying research-based practices in the domains of early childhood brain development, emergent literacy, physical health and activity, and smartphone and tablet screen time. In addition, his efforts also focus on providing vulnerable families access to health care and quality, affordable child care.
On-Demand Webinar Recording and Classroom Use
Even if you can't watch this webinar live, your registration will still grant you access to watch the recording at your convenience. The fee for this webinar is $25 for NCFR student members, $45 for NCFR members, $85 for nonmembers.
License for classroom use by one professor is available for $105 for NCFR members, $185 for nonmembers.
License for departmental use (multiple professors) is available for $155 NCFR member / $305 nonmember.
Departmental license for CFLE-approved programs is $125.