ERIC Number: ED387263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care Aware: A Guide to Promoting Professional Development in Family Child Care. Lessons Learned from Child Care Aware Sites.
Dombro, Amy Laura
This guide is designed to help educators and community leaders plan and implement professional development initiatives for family child care providers at the community level, and is based on Dayton Hudson Corporation's 1992 Child Care Aware (CCA) campaign to educate child care consumers about quality family child care. Part 1 provides an overview of the CCA initiative, which focused on consumer education, provider training, accreditation, and the creation of provider associations. Part 2 identifies strategies for the organization and launching of community groups on the CCA model, including the development of realistic goals, selecting and hiring staff, creating an advisory board, and finding funding. Part 3 introduces three strategies used by community groups to promote professional development among family child care providers. The discussion of training, the first strategy, includes charts of commonly used curricula, techniques to enhance learning, and a home observation checklist. The accreditation section includes a chart comparing the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) accreditation process and the Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialing process and of the pros and cons of each approach from a policy point of view. The final strategy, building strong family child care provider associations, includes discussion of the impact of associations, strategies to promote strong associations, and permanence. Two appendices provide an annotated bibliography of CCA resources and a list of sponsoring agencies of CCA initiatives. (MDM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Certification, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Financial Support, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Implementation
Families and Work Institute, 330 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ($9 plus $2.50 shipping and handling; 10% discount for nonprofit organizations, bulk rates vary).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Dayton-Hudson Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Target Stores/Dayton Hudson Corp.
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.