FAQ

Readiness

How many sessions of KITS are there?

There are 24 sessions of the KITS school readiness groups and 12 sessions of the KITS parent groups.

When does the KITS Program typically happen?

Typically, the KITS program runs for 8 weeks prior to the start of the school year and the first 8 weeks of the school year. School readiness groups meet for two hours twice a week in the summer (usually on a M/W or Tu/Th schedule although this can vary) and once a week in the fall (either after school or on Saturday). Parent groups meet once a week in the summer and once every other week in the fall. Typically, parents meet at the same time as the school readiness group. However, if there are a large number of working parents, an evening group time might be preferable.

How many families can be served by the KITS Program?

Each school readiness group can accommodate 15-25 children, depending on the needs of the children. For example, a group geared towards children with special needs would have fewer children. The children’s parents or caregivers can then attend the accompanying parent group. We do not limit the number of parents or caregivers who can attend but we do recommend a co-facilitator for bigger groups.

What are the staffing requirements for the KITS Program?

For each KITS school readiness group, 3 teachers (1 lead and 2 assistants) are required. For each parent group, 1 parent group facilitator is required. It can often be useful to have a co-facilitator, particularly for big parent groups (such as when both parents for each child attend). For each KITS team running a school readiness group and a parent group, 1 KITS supervisor is required. A KITS team can teach multiple groups and a supervisor can supervise more than 1 team. Please get in touch for more specific information about staffing.

What are the space requirements for the KITS Program?

We need three rooms to run the program. One room for the school readiness group will be used every time that the group meets (twice a week in summer; once a week in fall). It is ideal if this is a classroom. However, any room that can be set up as a classroom and can accommodate the group size can be used. One room for the parent group and one room for childcare will be needed every time that parent group meets (once a week in summer; once every other week in fall). These rooms can be in classrooms, gyms, cafeterias, libraries or other spaces. For the parent group, it is ideal to have a smaller space (such as a classroom, staff room, or other meeting room) but not essential. The room needs to have tables and chairs at which the parents can sit.

What are the transportation requirements for the KITS Program?

It is important to have transportation available for all of the families participating in the KITS Program so that they can attend all program activities. Many families might not have access to reliable transportation. Bussing for the children on school readiness group days and for parents and their children on parent group days is essential.

Are there any technical requirements for the KITS Program?

There are no technical requirements for implementing the program itself. However, during training and coaching sites must be able to record their school readiness and parent groups and upload the videos to a secure web site for the KITS coach.

What is the cost to implement the KITS Program?

There are two types of costs in implementing the KITS Program. The first are the training and coaching costs. These are associated with training teams and having them become certified and will vary depending on the number of teams trained and the number of groups that the teams run during the training and coaching period. It is more cost effective to train more teams at one time because some of the costs can then be shared. There is also a small fee associated with ongoing certification. Please contact us for estimates of training costs.

The second set of costs are the ongoing staff and supply costs of running the program. These will also vary depending on the pay and benefit rates of a given district or other agency. In order to help interested agencies calculate their personnel costs, we have a staffing cost chart available via email. Please contact us. 

Training

How long does training and coaching take?

The initial school readiness group training workshop takes place over 35-40 hours in a large group format. The parent group training workshop is 30-35 hours and also takes place in a large group format. Coaching is scheduled to last at least during the first season of a trainee team running KITS groups and can continue until providers are certified.

What is the cost of training?

As outlined on the KITS Structure and Support page, training and coaching go hand in hand. An initial training workshop is followed by at least one season of training. Teams cannot complete only a training workshop and become certified to implement the KITS Program. Training costs will vary depending on the number of teams trained and the number of groups that the teams run during the training and coaching period. It is more cost effective to train more teams at one time because some of the costs can then be shared. Please contact us for estimates of training costs.

Can my KITS team just complete the training workshop and still implement the KITS Program?

No. The coaching is a vital part of ongoing training and practice of the KITS curriculum, teaching and behavior change strategies. We do not offer the training workshop as a standalone way to train to deliver KITS.

Coaching

What does coaching look like?

Each KITS site will have a KITS coach who will meet via phone or video with the site supervisor on a weekly basis. Additionally, the coach will sit in on the weekly KITS team meetings. The coach will watch video of both the school readiness and parent groups and will code each for fidelity as well as pinpoint skills for further development in team members. Additionally, the coach will work with team members to tailor teaching and behavior change strategies to individual children and families and to implement those strategies successfully. The coach is available to the team on an on-call basis for any questions or concerns as they arise.

Can the coach help us to work out details of the program before the program starts?

Yes. Your coach will work with you before training begins to develop plans to meet the logistical needs of the program. The coach can consult on the hiring process for the KITS team staff. The coach may also consult on recruitment strategies for the families and children. We have developed many strategies for addressing the logistical details of the program and would be happy to share them with you. The coach is available to help you have a successful KITS Program.

Can my KITS team just complete the training workshop without the coaching?

No. The coaching is a vital part of ongoing training and practice of the KITS curriculum, teaching and behavior change strategies. We do not offer the training workshop as a stand alone way to train to deliver KITS. Sites and team members that do not complete the coaching will not be certified to implement the KITS Program.

Certification

How can my teachers and facilitators become certified KITS providers?

If trainees demonstrate high fidelity, they can apply to become certified providers by showing fidelity in a series of groups. Depending on an individual’s fidelity scores, this may take 1-2 seasons. Certified providers may then provide the KITS program without ongoing coaching. Periodic fidelity checks of recorded sessions will be required in order to maintain certification.

How can my KITS providers become certified KITS trainers?

Staff who wish to become certified KITS trainers must first complete a season of KITS training and coaching as a KITS teacher, facilitator or supervisor. They must then complete a workshop on training as well as conduct a training under the supervision of a KITS coach. Their team must then demonstrate fidelity over a series of groups. This is likely to take at least two seasons.

Once we have certified trainers, do we need to do anything to keep our certification?

Yes. We will be conducting periodic fidelity checks to ensure that the certified trainers and providers at your site are implementing the program with high fidelity. Depending on the results of those checks, we may suggest further consultation or coaching.

Once we have become certified, can we receive further help from the KITS trainers and coaches?

Certainly. If your team is in need of support, you can contact us.

Can we make changes to the curriculum?

The KITS curriculum is trademarked to the Oregon Social Learning Center and has been tested as presented. Please do not make changes to the curriculum.

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References

Can you provide names and contact information for people who have used your program?

We would be happy to provide contact information for program administrators, district superintendents, principals and other stakeholders who are familiar with the KITS Program and can provide information on how the program worked for them.

References

Can you provide names and contact information for people who have used your program?

We would be happy to provide contact information for program administrators, district superintendents, principals and other stakeholders who are familiar with the KITS Program and can provide information on how the program worked for them.