Components of local Child Care Resource & Referral Programs

The foundation of community-based CCR&Rs is working with families. As increasing numbers of families combine the roles of working and raising children, child care becomes a major focus. Finding, deciding on, and beginning to use child care becomes one of the earliest and least supported challenges for working parents. To effectively assist parents in meeting this challenge, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies provide families with: Referrals to quality child care programs in their community Consumer education about quality child care issues, such as Massachusetts licensing standards and guidelines, types of child care, and information about choosing quality child care Publications and other resources on selecting and monitoring programs Child care subsidies for eligible low and moderate income families

Child Care Subsidy Management Administering the Voucher Child Care Subsidy program funded through the Office of Child Care Services for families receiving Transitional Aid for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), transitioning off of TAFDC, or income-eligible working families. Additionally, many local CCR&Rs manage Community Partnerships for Children (CPC) scholarships, funded by the Department of Education for working families of preschool aged children. Check out this for further details about PDesign Playgrounds .

Your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency offers a comprehensive training opportunities that can be specifically designed to meet the needs of early childhood professionals serving infants through school-age children in both center-based and family child care homes throughout Massachusetts. Courses and workshops are designed to meet the specific needs of the age groups of children served, including infant-toddler, preschool, school age, special needs, program administration and parenting issues to assist in the understanding and development of quality programs for children and families. Additionally, trainings and technical assistance are available in a variety of formats including, corporate seminars, conferences, NAEYC Accreditation, CDA and NAFCC consultation, CEU courses, workshops, college course, parent trainings, and distance learning.

Data Management Gathering and analyzing local and statewide data, which helps to shape policy that affects families and communities. Community planners, policy makers, businesses and funders rely on the information gathered by their local CCR&R's to assist in decision making about the future trends of child care. Click here for a copy of the Network's 2004 Statewide Data Report.

Community Services Working on the local, state and national levels with early care and education professionals, parents, community groups, government, educational institutions and businesses to increase knowledge of todays child care issues. CCR&R's provide free technical assistance throughout the community. Providing customized referral services for employers including; emergency back-up care, enhanced referrals, dependent care and on-site center start-up and parent seminars.