New & Notable
The PDP’s Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program established in 1997 to assist child care providers in paying for training needed to meet their regulatory training requirements and further develop their knowledge and skills as child care providers. PDP administers EIP on behalf of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS), with funding from the federal Child Care and Development Fund.
For the 2016 program year, PDP rolled out an Event Approval system requiring review and approval of all training curricula used to train EIP scholarship recipients. Training submissions are quality assured through a review of specific criteria prior to the issuance of scholarship monies for the training.
Increasing oversight requisites for training curricula supports requirements of the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2014 while also striving to improve the quality of training opportunities available to child care providers throughout New York State.
During the EIP Event Approval process, submitted training events are reviewed for the accuracy of training type and associated hours, training description, objectives, goals, professional development level and alignment with OCFS regulatory topic areas, the NYS Core Body of Knowledge, NYS Early Learning Guidelines and the 10 Federal Health and Safety Standards.
As of June, 2016 the EIP Event Approval program has:
- Received 672 different trainings for review through the newly designed and developed portal
- Approved 615 as EIP eligible through the newly developed EIP Event Approval process
- Scheduled 1,121 different offerings for delivery in 2016
- Issued 5,489 scholarships for 3,624 child care providers
EIP will continue its progressive approach to improve the quality of training supported by state and federal funding by implementing a training evaluation component during Phase 2 of Event Approval beginning in the fall of 2016.
In partnership with the Department of Civil Service (DCS), the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and Cornell University, PDP developed a training program for New York State Directors of Human Resources Management (DHRM) intended to increase strategic human resources skills and facilitate a fundamental shift in the way DHRMs think and act, with less focus on transactional issues and more focus on strategic thinking to accomplish agency goals.
The DHRM Training Program used a blended-learning approach to tie course content to human resource practices in New York State government. The program main component was completion of a six-course advanced human resources certificate through eCornell. Other components included mentoring sessions to tie course content to NYS work and completion of an action item plan that would outline how the DHRM would take strategic human resources concepts and operationalize them at their agency. In addition guest speakers with expertise in application of course content to NYS government were invited to speak at select mentor sessions.
When asked to describe the most meaningful or valuable part of the training, mentoring sessions and group discussions were mentioned with the most frequency. This comment illustrates why: “Being able to dialogue with colleagues involved in the same body of work — to hear their perspective on the various challenges we face, things they have put in place successfully and recommended for improvement was invaluable.“
Through this training program, a community of practice (COP) was established and efforts continue to provide an ongoing forum for DHRMs to exchange ideas and work together on enterprise-wide initiatives.