Parents these days expect to know a lot about their child’s day – and many of them expect to see it through photos and videos. No matter your phone or camera’s quality, it’s a real human that’s taking those photos and writing those captions: are you doing it well? Does your documentation tell the story of the learning and joy that happens in your programs, or are they just another ‘thing’ to check off?
In this training, we’ll uncover some of what makes photos and captions successful (or unsuccessful), comparing and contrasting each for the information they provide and their aesthetic qualities. We’ll go over quick tips for better photographs (even if you’re “not a photographer”) and an easy-to-adapt formula for captions that will ensure your work is well-received.
Evaluate what makes snapshot (photos, short videos, and their captions) documentation successful or unsuccessful
Compare a variety of photos from childcare settings and discuss what makes them interesting, unique, and/or informative
Examine photo captions that lack life and rewrite them to include quality information and joy
Family Community Relationships
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Beginner / Intermediate
Family Child Care Providers
Child Care Center Teachers
Child Care Center Directors
Head Start Teachers
Head Start Administrators
Early Head Start Teachers
Service Coordination Staff
Technical Assistance Specialists
Age Group Focus
Infants (birth to 12 months)
Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
School-Age (5 years to 12 years)
National Administrator Credential Approved
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