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Online Director Mentor Information Session

California Early Childhood Mentor Program

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Online Director Mentor Information Session
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Director Mentor Info Session - Please Select Date From Pull Down Menu Ended $20.00 $0.00
DM Info Session: Reschedule ONLY   more info Ended Free $0.00

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The California Early Childhood Mentor Program

Online Director Mentor Information Sessions 2014-2015!


Learn about the Mentor Programand how we select high qulaity current and former administrators to become  Director Mentors. You will learn about the:

        Context of the Director Mentor component in the Mentor Program

        Purpose and goals of the program for ECE administrators

        Expectations of Director Mentors

        Stipends, professional development, and other benefits for 

         Director Mentors

        Requirements to apply to become a Director Mentor and application


        How the Mentor Program uses the Program Administration Scale 

         (Talan and Bloom, Second Edition 2011) and Business Aministration Scale (Talan 

         and Bloom, 2009)to select and re-certify Director Mentors (includes a copy of the 

        appropriate book for every participant and a brief training on its use)


Once selected by the Mentor Program Selection Committee in her/his community, a Director Mentor works with less experienced Directors, Site Supervisors, Assistant Directors, Large Family Child Care Providers, or experienced Directors who are facing new challenges, to provide support, suggest resources, and encourage the Protégé Director to gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed. Director Mentors receive a stipend for their work with Protégés, as well as opportunities for professional growth and participation in the community of Director Mentors. 


** Minimum qualifications to apply to become a Director Mentor: Experience in a supervisory position at an Early Childhood Education facility for at least three years and completion of at least three units of ECE administration and supervision. You do not need to be currently employed in ECE in order to qualify to apply.

 Online Director Mentor Information Session FAQs

What is the Director Mentor Program?

The Director Mentor Program is funded by the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. The Program selects experienced Directors and provides stipends for them to mentor new Directors or Directors facing new challenges. Mentoring may take place in face-to-face meetings, on the phone, via email, or some combination of all of the above. Payment for mentoring is limited by local budgets. Director Mentors also participate in face-to-face and web-based training and professional development activities with colleagues throughout California. 


What Will Happen during this Session?

A senior staff member of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program will provide general information about the Mentor Program and specific information and insights about Director Mentors:

»        What is mentoring?

»        Who do Director Mentors mentor?

»        How do I become a Director Mentor?

»        What would be my responsibilities and rewards? 

All registrants will receive a copy of the Program Administration Scale (Talan and Bloom, Second Edition, 2011) or the Business Administration Scale (Talan and Bloom, 2009) prior to the Webinar. 


Why Should I Participate?

If you participate in a Webinar, complete a brief survey after participating, and meet the initial qualifications to apply to become a Director Mentor** you will be invited to attend a one-day Director Mentor Institute (DMI). The DMI is one full day of intensive and interactive training on mentoring techniques. Completing a DMI will qualify you to apply to become a Director Mentor. 


How much does it cost? There is a non-refundable $20 registration fee for meeting materials. 


What do I get when I register? You will receive a confirmation email as soon as you register. This email will provide you with links to meeting materials and log-on instructions. Within two weeks of your scheduled session, we will send you a copy of the relevant Administation Scale.


What if I already attended an Information Session? 

  • If you attended a Director Mentor Information Session after 2008, you do not need to participate in an Online Session.
  • Not sure? You would have a received a certificate of completion.
  • Still not sure? Please contact Fernando Padilla at .
  • If you would like to participate in a webinar to refresh your memory, you are welcome to do so at no cost. However, meeting materials will not be mailed to you. Updated materials will be sent as email attachments.
  • You will receive an invitation to the Director Mentor Institute (DMI). Two DMIs will be held in the 2015-16 academic year: One in Northern California, one in Southern California, dates and locations TBA. Director Mentor Institutes are INVITATION ONLY to individuals who have completed Information Sessions.

More questions? Email Christie Verarde at

Have questions about Online Director Mentor Information Session? Contact California Early Childhood Mentor Program


California Early Childhood Mentor Program

The California Early Childhood Mentor Program is funded by the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, with Federal Block Grant funds for quality improvement. Our mission is to enhance the quality of Early Care and Education (ECE) for all children and families. We support the existing and developing ECE workforce by providing relevant, high quality mentoring services to the Early Care and Education community. Our long-term goal is to provide high quality relationship-based mentoring support to every Early Care and Education student, educator, or administrator in California who wants such support. Learn more at our website,

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