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1. Family Child Care Committee
child care initiative is sponsoring a statewide workshop on developing provider associations/support groups/networks statewide family child care provider associations
Consortium Advisory
Committee Links Family Child Care Updates T he Alabama Child Care Consortium is funded by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Announcements: The Family Child Care Advisory Committee will meet on August 8, from 10AM - noon, at the UAB Civitan International Research Center conference room. For more information contact:
(205) 934-3171 (Robin Lanzi, UAB)

(205) 975-6330 fax Photos Data Collector Training Family Child Care Committee Photos Committees Child Care Research and Evaluation Funding and Policies Health and Safety Kith and Kin ... Back to Civitan Center Summary of Advisory Committee Meeting
August 8, 2000 Attending:
Catherine Kreger - GRCMA - Early Childhood Directions
Geraldine Morris - Family Child Care Provider, Mobile
Ellouise Pennington - Family Child Care Partnerships Program - Mentor
Lillian Wiggins - Family Child Care Provider, Mobile
  • The steering committee held a conference call prior to the meeting and planned the agenda. Brenae Dunaway co-chaired the meeting. Updates were given concerning the focus areas: public awareness campaign, accreditation system, education and training, provider associations, and the Family Child Care Partnerships Program.

2. LifeCare Connection
Home health care agencies; associations and networks; Residential care Backup care to the rescue! miss work because they have back-up child care arrangements in
Quarter 2, 2003 VOL 28 Headline News Latest Poll Results and Usage Trends LifeCare Gets High Marks for Quality Burki Is “Maverick of the Morning” LifeCare Initiatives Communicating about Uncertain Times Promotional Tools Paying Off for Clients HR Info Breastfeeding and Returning to Work The Weil Perspective “Bank of Hours” GCM Model Provides Choice and Flexibility Work/Life Calendar Monthly Events and Observances Quality Corner Client Feedback Save the Date! Conferences
Headline News
Latest Poll Results and Usage Trends Provide Insights into Employee Concerns and Emerging Needs During the past 12 months, LifeCare has conducted a series of monthly polls on our private web site and examined overall usage of our services to identify trends and emerging needs among clients and their employees. We hope that the information we’ve gathered will assist you in determining the most effective messages for promoting your LifeCare program (and other employee programs) in the months ahead. We also hope that it will help you better understand the kinds of issues and support that are most important to your employees. Work/Life Balance
More male employees (34 percent) have thought about leaving their current jobs due to family and personal responsibilities than females (27 percent).

3. NCCIC. Internet Links
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These internet links may be useful as a starting point for people looking for information about child care but they do not reflect all links or organizations currently available. The National Child Care Information Center does not endorse any practice, publication, or organization.
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Numbers A B C ... Z Many documents on this site are presented in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). PDFs must be read using Adobe Reader which can be downloaded free by clicking on the Get Adobe Reader icon.

4. Program Planning For Child Care Provider Networks: Sample Mission Statement, Pro
its child care Network, Resource Training Center, AHC distributes English and Spanish fliers to schools, local agencies, its residents, tenant associations,

5. Selected Resource Lists. Family Child Care
State Family child care associations Other Sites of Interest Beansprout networks ®. Center for the child care Workforce. child care Law Center

6. Alabama Child Care Quality Enhancement Consortium
This site has links for researchers, students, and families about child care and parenting. 150 providers. Community networks and support groups associations to provide training and participation in workshops and conferences. Examples include over 40 child care
News, Links and
Information Alabama Child Care Consortium
Archive and Reference of Activities October 1999 - September 2000 About Us
The Alabama Child Care Consortium was funded by the Alabama Department of Human Resources from October 1999 - September 2000. Click here to read about the Consortium's Accomplishments
(full page version for easy printing)

Committees Archive

Links to reports,and photos of committee members. Committees are no longer active.
Forums Archive

Online discussion archive. More than 300 attend AALECE conference at Gulf Shores. Click here to read story.. Downloads
RFP Archive Download Site
Reports and Summaries Early Education and Care: Overlap Indicates Need to Assess Crosscutting Programs Short Stories" ...Click the preceding link for the latest brief news items added to this site. State and Regional Child Care Quality Links Special Reports Click here to read a special report: "Getting to Positive Outcomes for Children in Child Care." This article is an overview of a recent workshop on child care performance measures held in Washington, DC. America's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy : This report on the Administration on Children and Families web site, released on April 28, 2000, by First Lady Hillary Clinton, urges greater investments in quality child care. Based on ground-breaking research, and prepared by leading child care and crime experts, the report concludes that children who receive high quality child care early in life are much less likely to engage in violent and criminal activity as adolescents and adults.

7. Canadian Child Care Federation -
UN Convention and in promoting children’s rights through its networks. members from 19 provincial and territorial child care associations, including early
A Canada Fit for Children makes early learning and child care a priority The CCCF is committed to excellence in early learning and child care. It represents over 10,000 members from 19 provincial and territorial child care associations, including early childhood educators, family child care providers, academics, researchers and parents. For more information, visit the CCCF website at Media contact: Sandra Griffin, Executive Director, Canadian Child Care Federation, (613) 290-2959 (cell phone)
201-383 Parkdale Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4R4
Fall 2003

Interaction Focus: Child Care Around the World
Shop online for educational toys! Calendar
Upcoming events. Did you know?

8. Marin Child Care Council
Participation in a variety of county associations and networks involved with child care issues. How is the Council funded? We receive

Child Care Search
Calendar of Events Feedback Contact Us Marin Child Care Council Founded in 1979, the Council is a non-profit agency that offers a variety of services for parents, child care providers and the community that are essential to the delivery of quality child care in the county.
In the last year the Council provided:
  • Child care information and referrals to over 5800 families, including families with special needs children and bi-lingual families
    Subsidies for over 280 children from at-risk or low-income families
    Referrals for over 50 families whose employers contract with the Council for enhanced resources and referrals
    Annual awards to organizations in our community who are making a difference for Marin County families
    Orientation, technical assistance, and support for over 780 licensed and potential child care providers
    Participation in a variety of county associations and networks involved with child care issues
How is the Council funded?

9. California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
OTHER child care associations AND networks INFANT/TODDLER CONSORTIUM The mission of the Infant Toddler Consortium is to promote
welcome about us our programs public policy ... order publications Web Links Government Resource and Child Care Policies:
  • Federal Government Resources
  • State Government Resources
  • National Resources ...
    Work and Family

    ACF is the federal agency responsible for funding state, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

    Website for the U.S. Department of Labor. Maintains statistical information about the economy, population, workforce, compensation, and other employment information.
    The Child Care Bureau administers federal funds to states, territories, and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training. Information available on Child Care and Development Block Grant, links to other Administration on Children and Families sties and other information within the Department of Health and Human Services. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

10. Child Care Articles
on family child care providers, child care associations, literacy and The Beansprout child care Network, a public service of Beansprout networks, is available
= Article; = Link; = Question
= New (less than 30 days old); = Updated (during the last 30 days) Child Care - Suggestions for parents on how to learn about their child through observing them in their child care setting, plus links to additional resources relating to balancing work and family issues.
Be a Good Child Care Parent
The parents’ responsibility does not end once they selected the child care center/home for their child. Just as the child care provider is nurturing your children, the parent needs to nurture their relationship with their child care provider. The article includes tips from Idaho child care providers on what helps make their job easier and/or results in a better child care experience for them, the families, and especially for the children. Care Provider - A tribute to child care providers; words and music by John Cronin. Child and Adult Care Food Program - USDA Food Program description and contact.

11. Coalitions, Networks, Associations, Organizations
OSSTF Logo Lamp of Learning. Coalitions, networks, associations, Organizations. Coalitions. Ontario Coalition for Better child care,
Coalitions, Networks, Associations, Organizations
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Mayworks Metro Network for Social Justice Ontario Coalition for Social Justice Ontario Health Coalition Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care People for Education Sparrow Lake Alliance Web Networks Community White Ribbon Campaign Networks Ontario Tenants Associations Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario Kids Help Phone Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations Ontario Public School Boards' Association Ontario Student Trustees' Association Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils Thames Valley District Alliance of Home and School Councils

12. Ontario Coalition For Better Child Care :: Who We Are
the activities of eight child care Action networks (CCANs) across task forces, community planning bodies and child care development associations.
Who we are
The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC) was founded in 1981 to advocate for universally accessible, quality, non-profit regulated child care in the province of Ontario. The Coalition is a public awareness organization and a non-partisan political action group, we work to bring the benefits of early childhood education and care to the attention of the public, and policy makers. The work of the OCBCC covers a wide range of activities, including:
  • Monitoring provincial child care policy and legislation. Lobbying for changes and improvements. Developing policy alternatives for government consideration to improve the quality, accessibility and management of child care services. Developing books, manuals, fact sheets and news bulletins on child care policy and operations for use by child care programs, early childhood education training programs, parents and the general public. Conducting public information campaigns through written material, videos, public service announcements, public speaking and by working with the media.

Cross offices; BOCES; Chambers of Commerce; child care networks and agencies; preparers; Libraries; Local Departments of Health; Local family child care associations;
Videoconferencing New Training Requirement for Day Care Providers If you are currently licensed or registered to provide day care in New York State these changes affect you! Please read this information carefully. All registered/licensed child day care providers in New York State are regulated by law. On September 6, 2000 Governor George E. Pataki signed into law the Quality Child Care and Protection Act. This information explains changes to the training requirements established by this law. These changes affect all child day care providers in New York State. Please read this information carefully. Other changes to the regulations affect inspections, criminal background checks and other areas of your child day care program. If you'd like to learn more about the changes, contact your registrar/licensor, your regional office of the Office of Children and Family Services , your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency or your legislator.

14. Starting Points: Guarantee Quality Child Care Choices
in France, where family child care networks link from fees to join professional associations, paying stipends made more family child care materials available
Abridged Version
Starting Points
Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Children
Guarantee Quality Child Care Choices
n a very real sense, parents and child care providers are jointly raising many of this nation's youngest children. In 1965, only 17 percent of mothers of one-year-olds were in the labor force; in 1991, fully 53 percent worked outside the home. More than five million infants and toddlers are now in the care of other adults while their parents work. More than a third of these young children are looked after by relatives, either at home or elsewhere. A quarter spend their days in child care centers; close to another quarter in family child care. A relatively small percentage of infants and toddlers are in the care of in-home providers or spend their days in other situations. How well is the current system of child care meeting the needs of our youngest children and their families? In some well-run settings, competent child care providers attend to small numbers of children, and infants and toddlers experience a happy and stimulating day. But in many other settings, each provider looks after five, six, or even seven infants. Children (and adults) in these settingswhich probably constitute the majorityare overstressed and unhappy. Many parents of infants and toddlers have few child care choices. Many would like to stay home longer after their baby is born, but someone must pay the bills, and the United States stands alone among major industrialized nations in not ensuring income protection for parental leave. When they do go back to work, too many parents are forced to "make do"to accept care that is safe and affordable but that falls short of the quality they would like for their young child. Many find themselves searching again and again for new arrangements as their initial "choices" prove unreliable or unsatisfactory. The disruption to the child, the family, and the parents' working life is immense and costly.

15. Terms Of Use
children child care Support Center s family childcare networks offer family works in partnership with churches, provider associations, child care resource and
Terms of Use
Section 1 Affordability
Section 2 Accessibility
Section 3 Care for School-Age Children
Section 4 Community Building
Section 5 Family Child Care
Section 6 Quality
Section 7 Professional Development for Caregivers
Section 8 Consumer Awareness Family Child Care
The Concept Today's public debate on child-care reform often focuses on the availability and quality of center-based care-the services that children and their families receive at child-care centers, nursery schools, and preschools. However, less than a third of all children in child care attend this type of program. The vast majority receive care from family child-care providers who work out of their own homes, or from "kith and kin" providers-relatives or friends who provide care for children from one family.
Many parents prefer care in a provider's home to an institutional setting, particularly for very young children. Family child care and "kith and kin" care are also crucial resources for parents who cannot find or afford center-based care, or who work outside of the traditional hours when centers generally operate. For many low-income parents, family child-care homes or informal arrangements are the only affordable option. As a result, many of the most vulnerable children are cared for by family-care providers who often have fewer resources and less support than center-based caregivers.

16. [SITE NAME] - In English
numerous organizations, businesses and networks in Finland the district organizations and local associations operate on with shortterm child-care services and
The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare
Every child is entitled to a good and happy childhood. The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare works to make this possible together with many other organizations, both public and private.
The league aims to ensure that
  • children are equal members of society.
  • every child enjoys good and happy surroundings.
  • parenting and education are respected and supported.
  • volunteer work, helping, caring and joint responsibility increase.
A healthy, secure childhood
The Mannerheim League supports parenting and links between generations and works to promote health and a good environment for children. It arranges afternoon programmes for school children and educates them about substance abuse. Peer counselors - older pupils - work to increase the feeling of belonging, congeniality and security at schools.
Families need services
The Mannerheim League produces diverse services; home-help provides families with short-term child-care services and longer-term special services such as home care for disabled and chronically ill children. Telephone counseling provides children, young people and parents with empathy, assistance and advice. Rehabilitation and child welfare services support families in which there are sick or disabled children or mental and social problems.
Local associations are close to people
The League offers families an opportunity to get acquainted and take part in volunteer work, to have a say in public affairs and to participate in a diverse range of activities. Local associations arrange clubs, groups for parents, excursions, training and special events. The associations keep the needs of children and families to the fore and seek to influence local decisions affecting families. Most of the activity of the local associations is based on volunteer work.

17. Linked Information Networks For Kids With Disabilities: Health Care Providers
care Assessment Constipation in children with Developmental Disabilities; child Development Assessment Overview; Disability associations.
The LiNKd Health Care Providers Site Map Internet Resources Disability Associations Professional Associations

18. Child Care And Transportation Strategies For Rural Communities: Meeting The Welf
The NCCIC can connect you to electronic networks and databases with the more than 400 state and local family child care provider associations in the
U.S. Department of Labor
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Child Care and Transportation Strategies for Rural Communities: Meeting the Welfare Reform Challenge
Second Edition, November 1998 Welfare Reform Task Force Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Child Care Programs State level
Iowa Child Care/Early Education Initiative
West Virginia Apprenticeship Program for Child Development Specialists Regional/County Programs
North Carolina Church Child Care Initiative
Chautauqua County Child Care Council
Washington State Office of Child Care Policy: Training TANF Recipients
Maine Department of Transportation/Federal Highways Administration Local Programs Hillcrest Nursing Home Day Care Center Child Care Ideas Employer's Tool Kit One-Stop Centers Market Differential Rates III. Helpful Child Care Resources

19. F. B. Heron Foundation - Program Guidelines
In addition, the Foundation supports peer networks, trade associations, and technical assistance that creates jobs, or quality and affordable child care.

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A printer-friendly version of these guidelines is also available
PDF format, requires Adobe's free Acrobat Reader MISSION The F.B. Heron Foundation was created in 1992 with the mission of helping people and communities to help themselves. AREAS OF PROGRAM INTEREST To advance its mission, the Foundation supports organizations that help low-income people to create wealth and take control of their lives . The Foundation makes grants to and investments in programs in urban and rural communities engaged in the following wealth-creation strategies:
  • increasing access to capital;
  • supporting enterprise development;
  • advancing home ownership;
  • reducing the barriers to full participation in the economy by providing quality child care;
  • employing comprehensive community development approaches with a strong focus on the wealth-creation strategies noted above.
Details on these five program areas are provided below, in the section titled " Wealth Creation Strategies ." In addition to its grantmaking, the Foundation makes other kinds of investments to support these program areas, and seeks to accelerate the level of its assets invested to support the mission. A fuller description of the Foundation's mission-related investing program can be found below in the section " Types of Support Provided by the Foundation ASSESSING IMPACT The Foundation regards an organization's ability to assess its impact on the lives of low-income people and communities to be of paramount interest, and to be a reflection of that organization's sound management and accountability. To be considered for support, applicants must have a clear commitment to and track record of using data to improve programs and impact. In addition, the Foundation supports peer networks, trade associations, and technical assistance providers that help practitioners working in the Foundation's core areas to improve approaches and methods for assessing impact.

20. OCCD Resource Links
B. Beansprout networks Helps child care workers use the web to help educate focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations.
Centerline: Resource Links
Listed Alphabetically ( Blue indicates links in this section). A B C D ... F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Administration for Children and Families Page
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Back to Top B Beansprout Networks
Helps child care workers use the web to help educate, support and communnicate with families. Back to Top C Center for Career Development at Wheelock College
Technical assistance, training, materials, and research to build a diverse, well-trained, competent, and fairly compensated early childhood workforce and leadership to create high-quality programs for all children. Center for Child Care Workforce
The Center for the Child Care Workforce has been working since 1978 to bring fair wages to those who provide care to our nation's millions of children.

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