I-BEST

I-BEST Overview

Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) began as a pilot program at 10 community and technical colleges and has since been implemented in all 34 colleges in the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) system.  - Read More.

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A Child Development Associate I-BEST team-teaching classroom (all of the students in the class are I-BEST students).

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Program Name: Infant Toddler Care Program for ESL

Primary Contact: Garnet Templin-Imel - gtemplin@bellevuecollege.edu

Program Summary: The Infant Toddler Care for ESL program will provide a customized pathway for non-native English speakers to successfully complete the three-quarter Infant and Toddler Care certificate, providing them with the technical and language skills necessary to care for infants and toddlers. This 28-credit integrated program prepares students to obtain entry level employment. Graduates will find opportunities for meaningful employment as teachers in preschool, childcare centers and self-employment opportunities. Students work with children in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on active student involvement; coursework includes observation, participation and practical experience. Students completing the Infant Toddler Care for ESL program earn credits towards the AA Degrees and Certificates of Achievement in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. The classes will be co-planned, co-taught, co-delivered and co-assessed by instructors from the ESL and the Early Childhood Department

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Program Name: Child Development (CDA) Essentials Program

Primary Contact: Patricia McKeown - pmckeown@btc.ctc.edu

Program Summary: The Child Development (CDA) Essentials Program prepares students for work in the early childhood care and education field. The target population for the I-BEST Child Development (CDA) Essentials program will be both ABE (level 2) and ESL (level 4) students. The I-BEST CDA Essentials program student will attend classes for 7-10 hours per week (four Child Development, three-six ESL/ABE), over three full quarters. At the end of the third quarter of the I-BEST program, students obtain the Child Development (CDA) Essentials certificate and can transfer to Whatcom Community College with 12 credits toward their one year certificate or two year degree in Early Childhood Education

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education

Primary Contact: Sandy Cheek - sandyc@bigbend.edu

Program Summary: This project supports ESL/ABE students through an ECE program. The participants work with young children as employees at cooperative and private nursery schools, Head Start Centers, Early Childhood Education Assistance Programs and in programs for children with special needs. This project develops a pathway for students in need of basic skills support through the entire Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and prepares students for entry-level positions in child care facilities as part of a career pathway in education. Fifty-three of the 90 credits within this AAS degree in Early Childhood Education are IBEST-eligible. This pathway includes multiple stop out and re-entry points with increased levels of employment at each stop out point. A full-time student can complete the degree in two years. The first12 credits count toward a CDA and could be achieved in two quarters of part-time enrollment. This program is designed for adults currently working in childcare settings and participating in part-time education and training.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education

Primary Contact: Durelle Sullivan - dsullivan@centralia.edu

Program Summary: The ECE I-BEST Program is offered in a three quarter cohort that will provide a customized pathway for Levels 5 & 6English as a Second Language (ESL) students and Levels 3 – 6 Adult Basic Education (ABE) students to successfully complete the Infant-Toddler Child Development Associate (Infant-Toddler CDA) Training. After successful completion students will have the skills to obtain employment or continue their education. The Infant-Toddler CDA Training includes 14 total college-level credits. Twelve credits will transfer into the ECE Certificate of Proficiency and the remaining two complete the required portfolio for the national CDA certification. The Infant-Toddler CDA is part of a longer pathway leading to completion of an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education Teacher/Child Care Specialist

Primary Contact: Cheri Raff - craff@centralia.edu

Program Summary: The Early Childhood Education Teacher/Child Care Specialist Certificate is a three-quarter program with students earning 48 college level credits. The first quarter prepares students to meet the Washington State Training and Registry System essential foundations for childcare workers. This is the first step to employability, enabling completers to work in a preschool, childcare center, Head Start, ECEAP or licensed in-home day care. All credits from the three-quarter certificate apply to the CDA Certificate, AAS and AAS-T ECE degrees as well as the BA in ECE and elementary education.

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Program Name: Initial Child Care Certificate of Achievement

Primary Contact: Danette Rudolph - drandolph@clark.edu

Program Summary: This certificate includes initial child care required elements including STARS, First Aid CPR, and food handler’s card, as well as 15 ECE credits (4 courses) that apply to further career and educational pathways, and a 5 credit I-BEST support class that includes content for developing employability and job retention skills.

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Program Name: Child Development Associate I (2 quarters)

Primary Contact: Jason Clizer - jclizer@columbiabasin.edu

Program Summary: The Child Development Associate (CDA) I-BEST program is two quarters in length. It targets ABE and level 5/6 and transitional ESL students. Students will earn 10 college credits in the ECE pathway and 6-10 additional Basic Skills credits. ABE/ESL hours will focus on reading comprehension of the CDA text and application materials, writing competency statements for the CDA portfolio, and preparation for the GED« or the COMPASS test.

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Program Name: Child Development Associate II (4 quarters)

Primary Contact: Jason Clizer - jclizer@columbiabasin.edu

Program Summary: The Child Development Associate (CDA) I-BEST program is 4 quarters in length and will be taught primarily in Spanish with ESL support. It targets students who are currently a part of the Literacy and Educational Pathways for Latino Child Care Providers project. Students enrolled in this project who meet the I-BEST minimum entry criteria will earn 13 college credits in the ECE pathway and 12 additional Basic Skills credits. Stage one of this project is fully-funded by a Bill and Melina Gates Foundation “Promising Models” Grant. Stage two will consist of the CDA I-BEST at CBC. Stage two will focus on CDA I-BEST, including ECE content and ESL instruction.

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Program Name: Parent Mentor Certificate

Primary Contact: Jerrilee Mosier/Pat Copeland - jerrilee.mosier@edcc.edu , pcopeland@edcc.edu

Program Summary: This I-BEST Parent Mentor Certificate is a 19 credit certificate of completion designed for bilingual “natural leaders” who will and can be hired as parent mentors in the public school system. This program is designed to be completed part-time over 5- 6 quarters and will lead to employment in school districts, social services agencies and family support centers.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Primary Contact: Krista Fox - kfox@greenriver.edu

Program Summary: The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher I-BEST is designed to prepare graduates to be child care providers and/or assistant teachers. Courses in the I-BEST will focus on child development and learning, respect for diversity, teaching and learning. Students in the Integrated IBEST/ Early Childhood Assistant Teacher program will gain core technical and soft skills related to Early Childhood Assistant Teaching with emphasis on language, and the needed basic skills. Topics will include instruction in English language skills, math, basic STARS training, overview of the ECE teaching profession, Music and movements, child development, guidance and discipline and art for children. Basic workplace standards, child growth and development, and health and safety will be emphasized. Students approved for this three-quarter program (27 college level credits) have been accepted into the Early Childhood Education program. The Early Childhood Education coursework selected for this certificate applies directly to the AAA-Early Childhood Education degree.

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Program Name: Child Development Associate Preparation

Primary Contacts: Cynthia Gaede  - cgaede@greenriver.edu
Candy Benteu - cbenteu@greenriver.edu
Rachel Rogers - rrogers@greenriver.edu

Program Summary: The Child Development Associate Preparation with ESOL course content focuses on child growth and development with emphasis on planning a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment for young children and families as outlined by The Child Development Associates (CDA) National Credentialing Program. These functional areas are integrated with English literacy improvement. In addition, the national CDA credential requires that a student complete 480 hours of worksite placement experience. For students who are not yet employed in a child care facility, GRCC facilitates a placement and the advisor works closely with the student to implement the skills that they are learning in their course of study. Some students may choose to register for practicum credit simultaneously, and these credits apply directly to both the ECE certificate of proficiency and the ECE AAA degree.

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Program Name: Childcare Assistant

Primary Contact: Alice Madsen - amadsen@highline.edu

Program Summary: The Childcare Assistant certificate (13 credits) is incorporated as part of the core requirements of the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. The credits articulate directly into the 90-credit AAS degree curriculum.

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Program Name: Family Home Child Care Certificate

Primary Contact: Alice Madsen - amadsen@highline.edu

Program Summary: The Family Home Child Care Provider Certificate prepares completers to become providers of quality in-home care for infants and young children. The curriculum includes the state application process, requirements and regulations, equipment needs, setting up a schedule and activities, budgeting, and managing a home child care operation, best practices in child guidance, child development, and practical work experience. Students will earn a 16 credit certificate and be prepared to work in a licensed family home child care or to begin the process of starting their own family home child care. Students will have the added benefit of fully integrated English Language and Basic Skills development in conjunction with the family home care content as an additional ABE/ESL course to support their basic skills learning and language acquisition.

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Program Name: School Age Care Certificate

Primary Contact: Alice Madsen - amadsen@highline.edu

Program Summary: The School-Age Care Provider I-BEST provides professional training and education regarding planning, implementing, and assessing quality programs for school-age children and youth. Students will earn a certificate and be prepared to work in a variety of "out-of-school" programs including before and after school care, recreation programs, and youth programs. The certificate is composed of four professional technical courses equaling 16 credits. Students will have the added benefit of fully integrated English Language and Basic Skills development in conjunction with the school-age care content as well as an additional ABE/ESL course to support their basic skills learning and language acquisition.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education

Primary Contact: Chastity Clark - crclark@lcc.ctc.edu

Program Summary: The Early Childhood Education certificate is a three-quarter program with students earning 44 college level credits. The first quarter prepares students to meet the Washington State Training and Registry System essential foundations for childcare workers. This is the first step to employability, enabling completers to work in a preschool, childcare center, Head Start, or licensed in-home day care. The certificate also fulfills the requirements for students to work as local para-educators. All credits from the three-quarter certificate in ECE apply to the AAS and AAS-T degrees and a BA in Elementary Education.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education

Primary Contact: Tina Prentiss - tprentiss@olympic.edu

Program Summary: The Olympic College I-BEST Early Childhood Education Program provides 12 credits of the short term certificate (two quarters), Early Childhood Education Assistant – Certificate of Recognition (19 credits) which is a foundational certificate for a series of certificates and degrees (including transfer degrees) in Early Childhood Education. These courses, which are supported by Integrated Skills Labs for Early Childhood Education, are designed for ABE and ESOL students, in addition to other people from the community who have a GED« or high school diploma, but require basic skills instruction.

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Program Name: I-BEST Early Childhood Education Certificate

Primary Contact: Evelyn Short - EShort@pencol.edu

Program Summary: Students earning the I-BEST Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate or the Associate of Applied Science (AAS ) degree will complete a significant pathway step by earning between 55 and 90 credits. The one-year certificate (55 credits) is incorporated into the core requirements of the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education

Primary Contact: Amy Allen - ametcalfe@pierce.ctc.edu

Program Summary: The focus of this project is to support a cohort of ESL/ABE students through an ECE program designed to work with young children as employees at cooperative and private nursery schools, Head Start centers, Early Childhood Education Assistance Programs and in programs for children with special needs. This project will prepare students for entry-level positions that provide experience and proven performance requirements for advancement into education career ladders. Students completing the I-BEST program earn a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and 27 college-level credits that can be transferred directly to the Associate in Early Childhood Education.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Careers (ECC)

Primary Contact: Peggy Moe - pmoe@rtc.edu

Program Summary: The Early Childhood Careers program prepares students for the care and early education of young children. The I-BEST option of the Early Childhood Careers program offers students for whom English is their second language added support in language development and skills, allowing individuals a greater opportunity for success in a technical program.

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Program Name: Paraeducator/Bilingual Assistant

Primary Contact: Peggy Moe - pmoe@rtc.edu

Program Summary: The Paraeducator program prepares students with the skills needed to become an active member of the K-12 instructional team. The IBEST option of the Paraeducator program offers students for whom English is their second language added support in language development and skills, allowing individuals a greater opportunity for success in a technical program.

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Program Name: Child Development Associate Certificate

Primary Contact: Andrea Samuels - asamuels@sccd.ctc.edu

Program Summary: The Child Development Associate Certificate in the Child and Family Studies Division at Seattle Central Community College prepares students for the care and early education of young children. It is designed to provide performance-based training, assessment, and credentialing of child care staff, home visitors, and family child care providers. In the 3-quarter I-BEST program students earn 15 credits towards an AAS or AAS-T degree in Social and Human Services, and have the option to earn the 20-hour S.T.A.R.S. certificate. Students will also receive help with work or practicum placement towards achieving the 480 hours of childcare experience needed for the CDA.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education Certificate

Primary Contact: Jennifer Sadouk - Jennifer.Sadouk@skagit.edu

Program Summary: The one year or 45 credits Early Childhood Education certificate will prepare students for employment and advancement for both in demand positions of childcare worker and teacher assistant. The Early Childhood Education certificate is incorporated as part of the core requirements of the Associate of Technical Arts in Early Childhood Education and all 45 credits articulate directly into the 90-credit ATA degree curriculum.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Development Specialist

Primary Contact: Kim Ward - kward@tacomacc.edu

Program Summary: This program includes 14 credits leading to the one year Paraeducator certificate or the two year degree program in Early Childhood Education.

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education

Primary Contact: Marleen Ramsey - marleen.ramsey@wwcc.edu

Program Summary: This IBEST project supports ESL/ABE students through an Early Childhood Education program. The participants work with young children as employees at day care centers, cooperative and private nursery schools, Head Start Centers, and in educational programs for young children with special needs. At the present time, 45 of the 97 credits within the AAAS in Early Childhood Education are eligible for I-BEST support. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in child care facilities as part of a long-term professional pathway in education. This pathway allows for several start-stop and reentry points giving participants increased levels of employment at each stop out point. The first 12 credits count toward a Child Development Associate (CDA).

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Program Name: Early Childhood Education I-BEST Program

Primary Contact: Hugh Vibbert - hvibbert@wvc.edu

Program Summary: Program integrates ABE/ESL instruction with workforce training in ECE. Students successfully completing the 20-credit program will be able to test for the national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and enter the workforce as a skilled worker. Sixteen of the 20 credits articulate directly into the 90-credit ECE ATS degree at Wenatchee Valley College.

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Program Name: Child Development Associate

Primary Contact: Kerrie Abb - krabb@yvcc.edu

Program Summary: A 15 week Child Development Associate (CDA) program, targeting ABE and transitional ESL students. Students will earn 10 college credits in CDA and 8 credits of ABE. ABE hours will focus on reading comprehension of the CDA text, writing competency statements for the CDA portfolio, and math preparation for the GED« or the college COMPASS test.

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