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Giving Back or Paying It Forward

Dec 17, 2019

There is a Chinese Proverb that says, “If you want a harvest in one year, grow a crop. If you want a harvest in ten years, grow trees. If you want a harvest that will last a lifetime, grow people.”

In thinking back to the time when you first became a trainer, was there a special person in your life who encouraged you, offered resources, or maybe provided guidance all along your new path? Or if not, would it have been nice if there had been just such a person? Have you ever thought about being that one special person for someone else?

There are always new trainers coming on board who would welcome your mentoring. You can give a hand-up to a new trainer through telling them about your training experiences, answering questions, suggesting resources or just being there to offer an encouraging word when needed. If you are a level 4-5 trainer, there is a perfect opportunity to mentor that you may not have realized. The Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential and Training Approval regulations state that all trainers approved at level 2 must co-train 12 hours with a level 4 or 5 trainer before training independently. You could provide the opportunity for all 12 co-training hours or as few of the hours you wish. There is no required minimum percentage of amount of content the new trainer must present, and they may help you facilitate your training in whatever way that you feel would be beneficial.

There is no cost or extra work involved for you. You would simply list them as an additional trainer when you enter your training into ECE-TRIS and then have them sign off as a co-trainer on the ECE-TRIS cover sheet. This could be a help to you as well. How nice it might be to have an extra pair of hands to get things rolling or an extra person to over-see group work. A win-win situation! If you think you might be interested in giving someone the opportunity to co-train, call your training coach to be paired with someone needing your mentoring in this way. It is a great way to give back and/or plant seeds into the future.