Since the CIBC Network was formed in 2009, CIBC staff has seen an increase in demand to provide technical assistance to early care and education programs. During the 2014–15 year, CIBC received 216 requests for technical assistance, representing an increase of more than 16 percent from the 2013–2014 program year. These 216 requests resulted in 109 agency/program consultations, which consisted of 471 visits to program sites. Additionally, CIBC staff completed 18 requests for technical assistance via phone or email.
Through the ongoing recruitment of consultants, the program now has 113 highly qualified individuals with an active status who are available to conduct site visits in their communities across California including rural and difficult-to-reach programs.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the CIBC Network, the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention uses data collection and analysis to document the accomplishments and the outcomes as delineated in the scope of work. Highlights for the 2014–15 program year show:
Highlights from the 2014–2015 program year show:
- The number of requests for technical assistance increased 16 percent from last year.
- Onsite consultation reached 587 early care and education staff.
- More than 3,600 children were impacted by onsite consultation.
- More than 97 percent of the teachers or providers responding to a follow-up survey reported that their consultant was knowledgeable, provided helpful resources, and made relevant referrals when needed.
- At least 96 percent of providers responding to the post-consultation survey indicated that they have more skills, ability, and knowledge in working with children with challenging behavior and special needs after receiving CIBC consultation services.
- More than 95 percent of consultants reported approval of the reflective practice process as a means of delivering technical assistance.