Books by Dave Whitaker

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Since its formation in January 1998, Toolbox Training has strongly advocated that proper training of child care providers must incorporate a wide spectrum of methods including workshops, resources, and consulting. This is reflected in the history of Toolbox Training right down to the creation of the logo.

The Toolbox Training triangle logo represents the four players crucial to a successful child care program.

The two triangles on the bottom stand for the combined efforts of the trainer and trainees to create an environment that anchors the children, represented by the triangle on top.

The trainer is the one who must equip trainees with the skills necessary to provide quality child care. Typically this person has responsibilities that go beyond just the care of the children.

Trainees are the front-line workers who interact with the children daily. Their abilities, talents, and skills will most directly effect the quality of the care the children receive.

The children are at the peak of the triangle to remind us to always put their needs first. We must strive to support and uphold the children so that they can reach for the top.

The “invisible” triangle (that is, the inverted white triangle in the center) symbolizes the products, workshops, and consulting, such as provided by Toolbox Training, that hold the other triangles together.

Dave takes the business of child care seriously, as you can see here in these photos taken from his Masters in Education program (really, they are). The program focused on how to effectively reach learners in a variety of ways.