The Council’s James C. Hall, Jr. Family Child Care Network, located at York College in Jamaica, Queens, is a vital resource to family and group family child care providers in South East and South West Queens. The Network offers technical support, professional development opportunities and enrollment in the New York State Department of Health Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The current 150 CACFP active members serve approximately 1,000 + children.
The CACFP program enables providers to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. Nutrition workshops, focusing on implementing menu plans and record keeping systems, are also offered to providers.
The Network staff continues to play a major role in resource development aimed to increase and maintain the supply of quality child care services. The Network conducts child care provider training opportunities in mandated areas to assist family child care providers obtain registration or meet re-licensing requirements.
Annual events included Provider Appreciation Day in June, annual CACFP training given to providers, and the Annual Holiday Celebration in December. A variety of training opportunities at York College are offered, including business basics for providers, learning and development in infants and young toddlers, and SIDS. And as an on-going service, quarterly newsletters are sent to all family child care members.
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The Child Care Division offers support and technical assistance to registered family and group family child care providers and center-based child care programs. DCCNY is the lead contractor with the State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for the NYC Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium (CCR&R), which works with families to identify the best child care resources for their needs. In this role, DCCNY works with three subcontractors: Child Development Support Corporation, Chinese American Planning Council and the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, all stalwarts in the fight to preserve affordable child care in their respective communities.
The Labor Relations and Mediation Service (LRAS) assists DCCNY member agencies in labor negotiations with two unions: District Council 1707 and Council of Supervisors and Administrators (CSA). In addition, LRAS works with these employers to resolve personnel issues and employee grievances through mediation and arbitration.
In January 2005 we started the Council’s Health Care Consultancy Program in response to the recent changes in New York State Medication Regulations. These regulations pertain to all registered and/or licensed child care facilities that will be administering medication to children. Our Health Care Specialist, Arden Corbett, has been busy working with child care providers from all modalities of care in completing and submitting Health Care Plans.
The Early Childhood Training Institute publishes a bi-annual booklet of training workshops offered in the fall/winter and spring/summer. The Institute’s variety of education and skill development workshops include learning opportunities for management, teaching staff and family child care providers in the child care system.
The Early Childhood Career Ladder (ECCL) program is an education and training initiative that provides unionized workers of DC 1707/Local 205 and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators with the opportunity to advance their careers in early childhood education. The goal of the ECCL program is to improve the quality of early childhood education by increasing the number of certified teachers and directors in the field. The ECCL program provides financial assistance to help cover the cost of college tuition, fees, textbooks, exam preparation workshops and exam fees. The program also provides other academic support such as referrals for writing and math tutoring.
The Early Childhood Employment Partnership program offers those seeking jobs in the early childhood education field and employers who are looking for individuals to fill job vacancies a way to connect with each other. On the Council’s website employers can post their job openings and view posted resumes by job seekers, who in turn can view the listed job opportunities. Support services are offered to job seekers and job forums are held regularly.