NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is a membership organization comprised of more than 600 state and local child care R&R agencies nationwide, including the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and many of its California-based member agencies. NACCRRA develops and leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates for policies that positively impact child care and the lives of children and families.
Child Care Aware (www.childcareaware.org)
Child Care Aware©, a program of NACCRRA, is a national information hub for parents and child care providers established to help families learn more about the components of quality child care, and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware offers child care providers access to resources for their centers and family child care home programs. Child Care Aware's toll-free hotline (1.800.424.2246) is staffed by trained consumer education specialists who offer parents and providers invaluable information about child care, and referrals to local R&Rs across the country where individualized assistance is available.
Birth to Five Policy Alliance (www.birthtofivepolicy.org)
The Birth to Five Policy Alliance was established in 2005 to support efforts that positively impact young children at risk of poor life outcomes. The Alliance promotes innovative and successful policies that are shown to achieve positive early learning, strong family development, and good health for vulnerable children birth to five. It invests in three strategies: building broad-based leadership to identify and train new champions for early childhood policy, state-based advocacy, and dissemination of research and policy analysis. The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network is a state partner of the Alliance.
Equal Voice for America's Families (www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org)
The California Child Care Reource & Referral Network is a proud member of Equal Voice for America's Families, a coalition of organizations throughout the US working to create equity for low-income families.
Kidsdata.org offers comprehensive data and information about the health and well being of children in every city, county, and school district in the US. Kidsdata.org relies on information gathered by the Network to complete its information on child care in California.
National Housing Law Project (www.nhlp.org)
The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) was established in 1968 and throughout its distinguished career, NHLP has assisted millions of low-income people across the country to realize their basic right to decent and affordable housing and to advance housing justice. The Network has partnered with the NHLP to examine the effect of foreclosure on child care programs in the Bay Area and to provide assistance and resources on the foreclosure process to local child care resource and referral programs.
CCIP State Match
The CCIP State Match was legislated in 1987 to address the shortage of licensed quality family child care throughout California. CCIP is a public-private partnership leveraging state funds with matching funds raised by the Network and local Child Care Resource & Referral programs (R&Rs). The funds are used to recruit, train, and retain licensed family child care (FCC) providers. Every year, CCIP contractors may apply for a CCIP State Match award from the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division to augment and expand CCIP services and then seek out a local organization to match funding 2:1. Past funders include county health and social service departments, First 5, and other local community based organizations. Recipients of the CCIP state match have used the funding to provide additional trainings at their sites, to diversify the language of trainings, to offer incentives to FCC providers who attend trainings, to sponsor FCC providers in attending relevant professional conferences, to support them through home visits and individualized feedback, and to distribute curriculum and classroom resources to FCC providers.
ECE Shared Resources California (www.eceresourcesca.org)
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network, in partnership with the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, has developed an easy to use website that provides information, forms, tools and discounts for running early care and education programs in California. The site also includes resources specific for centers operating in San Francisco. The website includes tools and content for business operations and human resources as well as direct links to the most used forms and web pages including those at the California Department of Education. It also provides discounts at leading ECE vendors such as Book Vine, Community Playthings, Staples and more.
CA ECE Workforce Registry (www.caregistry.org)
The California ECE Workforce Registry is a state, regional and local collaboration designed to track and promote the education, training and experience of the early care and education workforce for the purpose of improving professionalism and workforce quality to positively impact children. The Network is partnering with the Registry to bring the project statewide.
The Registry will provide the first comprehensive look at the early childhood workforce in California. This information will help researchers, policy-makers, and funders better understand the educational, professional development and employment needs of early care and education providers and teachers. Join the CA ECE Workforce Registry at www.caregistry.org.
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