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Through CRR's high-quality Professional Development offerings, Family Child Care Providers in Santa Barbara County will gain immense benefits that positively impact their careers, businesses, and the young children in their care. The training sessions and workshops facilitate a deeper understanding of child development, which enables Providers to implement appropriate, enriching curricula and strategies tailored to each child's needs. Their knowledge continuously grows as they learn best practices from CRR's qualified Early Childhood Education specialists. This newfound expertise not only elevates the quality of care and nurturing environments Providers supply but also makes them eligible for distinguished National Accreditation.

Just as importantly, CRR unites Providers into a close-knit network of like-minded professionals. Within this community, they mentor and support one another's growth through the challenges of running home-based businesses. Research shows that having access to such a collaborative network increases Providers' career satisfaction and longevity in a notoriously isolating field (Family Child Care Network Impact Study, Herr Research Center, 2009). They can brainstorm solutions, exchange ideas, and make valuable connections with fellow Providers who share their mission and values. It is an organic support system that reduces the loneliness many face while allowing their businesses to flourish, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

For Providers who may lack higher education opportunities, CRR's Professional Development is an invaluable way to advance their skills and careers. The training opens doors for business expansion, higher quality care standards, and prestige. Ultimately, this benefits the hundreds of Santa Barbara children under their care, as they receive nurturing attention and early learning experiences from highly qualified Providers. It is a worthwhile investment that uplifts Providers, children, and the entire child care field.

Professional Development Process

Application
Steps to Licensing
Expansion & Professional Development
Steps to Quality
Quality
Accreditation

Quality Program

  • Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS)
    • The Scale consists of 33 items organized into 6 subscales
      • Space and Furnishing, Personal Care Routines, Language and Books, Activities, Interaction, Program Structure
    • The Quality Program focuses on 2 of the subscales: Space and Furnishing and Activities
  • Quality Specialist provide Professional Development and Coaching
  • Quality Specialists:
    • Perform a Pre-FCCERS to collect a baseline
    • Provide a stipend to purchase education materials to improve the quality of their environment
    • Perform a Post-FCCERS Assessment after the Professional Development, Coaching and Stipend to demonstrate increased quality
Funded by the California Department of Social Services Child Care and Development Division and through local grants.
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