What is Coaching and Is It for Me?

Gina DeFreece

Becky Dunlap‐Morton, M.S.

Do you frequently hear the term "early childhood coaching" and wonder what it means? OR What does it mean to coach in Early Childhood in Nebraska? Join us for a quick overview to discover how coaching is different from consulting, mentoring, or other technical assistance models. We'll briefly explore the foundations of coaching including adult learning theory, relationships, and approaches to coaching, and you'll leave with a resource outlining the 5 key coaching strategies that support ongoing learning and growth when working with providers, teachers, directors, and parents.

Intended Audience

Early childhood coaches, child care center directors, family child care home providers, home visitors, early childhood administrators.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will understand the various support models when working with adult learners.
  • Participants will explore the foundations of Early Childhood Coaching.
  • Participants will identify five key coaching strategies that support ongoing learning and growth.