Parent Training Programs
The Parent Training Program is a work readiness program that provides PICA parents and other family members of enrolled children the opportunity to work in one of five job fields; early childhood development, food service, transportation, fitness, and clerical services. Each program is designed to develop work-readiness skills and enhance parenting skills while earning a modest stipend.
Infant/Toddler Child Development
The Infant/Toddler Child Development project helps parents learn the essential skills necessary to apply for an entry-level position in the child care field. Parents work in the classroom while taking the necessary steps to meet Minnesota licensing requirements for an entry-level position in the childcare field. Participants in this program choose to work with infants and toddlers in a PICA Early Head Start classroom.
Preschool Child Development
The Preschool Child Development project helps parents learn the essential skills necessary to apply for an entry-level position in the childcare field. Again, parents working in a preschool classroom while taking the necessary steps to meeting Minnesota licensing requirements for an entry-level position in the childcare field.
In the Clerical Training project, parents and family members work with a highly skilled PICA clerical staff member for 96 hours learning the basics of a clerical or support services position. The goal is to provide opportunities to learn transferable skills in three main areas: clerical and secretarial, receptionist services and computer services. Specific skills include how to receive calls or inquiries, directing peoples questions to the right individual, presenting a professional initial image of the agency, basic computer programs and how to use office technology.
The Transportation project offers parents an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working as a commercial driver. This project is intended to prepare trainees for taking the State of Minnesota road test to obtain a Class B Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
Food Service Training
PICAs Food Service Project provides an opportunity for parents and family members to gain knowledge and experience working in a commercial kitchen and early childhood classrooms. During this training project parents learn about food services for young children and families including quantity cooking, stocking supplies, sanitation, setting up classroom food experiences for children, as well as proper health and safety in a commercial kitchen.
The Fitness project allows parents to explore fitness in body and mind through specialized classes, nutrition counseling, and personal exercise training, thus learning the skills and knowledge required to earn an entry-level position in the field of fitness.