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1 United Way of Connecticut Programs

2 Connecticut’s Child Care Resource and Referral 2-1-1 or 1-800-505-1000 www.211childcare.org Phone  Search Engine  Live Chat  Email

3 Program Overview Assists parents and child care providers in locating child care resources and referrals (100,000+ annual) Educates parents on quality indicators of early childhood programs Maintains comprehensive database of all licensed and license exempt early childhood and school age programs in Connecticut Community based trainings to parents (650+ annual) on quality care indicators and early care professionals (1,000+ annual) On-site tech assistance to early care professionals (50+ site visits annual) Technical assistance on becoming licensed child care provider Data and statistics related to Connecticut’s child care system

4 Parent Resources Provides referrals and consumer education in finding child care that best meets the families’ individual needs through various means (phone, on-line search engine, live chat and email). Top Requests Licensing Types/Requirements/DPH Complaint History Infant/Toddler Care Preschool Age Care Choosing Quality Child Care Materials (checklists/interview questions/accreditation) Child Care Subsidy/Camperships/Scholarships School Age Child Care Nursery School Programs (part day enrichment) Summer Camp Programs Parent Child Activity Groups DPH/DCF Complaint Filing Nanny/Au Pairs Early Intervention (Birth–3) Health Insurance Special Education Advocacy Child Transportation Programs

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7 Consumer Education Materials  Choosing Quality Child Care Types of Child Care Licensing vs. Accreditation Checking Complaint History of a Licensed Child Care Program What Does Quality Look Like? Questions to Ask Potential Providers Over the Phone Site Visit Check List Options to Help You Pay for Child Care Tips for a Successful Child Care Arrangement Preparing Your Child for Child Care  Checking Complaint History of a Licensed Child Care Program  Finding In-Home Child Care  Out of School Care Options in Connecticut  Summer Camps  Resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

8 Web Based Child Care Search Tool

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10 Resources for Early Care Professionals Services to early care professionals including referrals and technical assistance Top Requests Small Business Development (contracts, insurance, marketing, setting fees) How to become a licensed provider/open a center First Aid Trainings Fingerprinting Services Professional Associations/Membership On-site Technical Assistance Child and Adult Food Program Professional Development/Trainings Medication Administration Trainings Early Intervention (Birth-3)

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16 Professional Development For Early Care Professionals and Parent Trainings Calendar Year 2011 Provider TrainingsTop Topics 1.Early Literacy 2.Music and Movement 3.Communicating With Families 4.Science with Young Children Parent TrainingsTop Topics 1.Happy Meal Times 2.Toilet Training 3.Guiding Behavior 4.Choosing Quality Child Care

17 On-Site Technical Assistance Family Child Care Career Support Project Offers free technical assistance to newly licensed family child care providers. Technical assistance is offered in their home with a scheduled time and day that is convenient to the provider. 277 technical visits (to date) to newly licensed family child care providers. Resources to start or improve their child care business. Business Practices contracts, policies, setting and collecting fees, and advertising. Communicating with Families welcoming families into a program and resolving conflicts. Child growth and development social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Developmentally appropriate activities for children of all ages. Routines and scheduling of drop-off/pick-up times, nap/rest times, meals and snacks, and diapering and toileting. Effective environments safety, organizing toys, arranging furniture, and appropriate learning materials.

18 Early Care Stakeholders and Planners Data and statistics related to Connecticut's child care system Top Requests Licensed Capacity/Enrollment/Vacancy Data Average Fees for Child Care Services Program Accreditation Data

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20 2011 Program Closure Feedback Report January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011 2-1-1 Child Care has gathered program closure reasons directly from licensed and licensed exempt child care programs that closed, did not renew their license, or have closed however their child care license continues to be active during the above listed reporting period. The report also includes those programs that have closed due to regulatory actions from the licensing agency; the Department of Public Health (DPH). Family Day Care Homes: 284 Closed during reporting period 161 – Reasons for closure collected (57%) 123 – Unable to contact (43%)

21 Capacity and Enrollment Child Care Availability Survey Conducted annually. Programs are surveyed to verify ages served, capacity, vacancy, and enrollment. A ‘snapshot’ of the availability of child care in Connecticut and the number of children served. The survey is available each spring on our website, 211childcare.org.

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23 2011 Child Care Availability Survey Summary By Age Group, Region, and Service Type Fall 2011

24 Orientation Sessions Target Audience: Early Care Professional Recruits Informal Providers 1.5 hour workshop on children’s growth and development Opportunity to learn more about the process of becoming licensed as a family day care home provider Resources distributed to promote health and safety and child development Session Topics:  Child growth and development  Health and safety  Developmentally appropriate activities  Becoming a licensed family day care home provider through the Department of Public Health

25 2-1-1 Child Care Provider Orientation Resource Giveaways Contents: Health & Safety, Literacy, Numeracy, Fine & Gross Motor Skills Bi-lingual Board Book Stacking cups Bilingual Beanbags Rainbow dancing wrist band scarves Shape Sequence Blocks Shape Chunky Puzzle 8 Large Crayola Crayons Color and Shape Bingo 2 Pair of Child Scissors Smoke Alarm with Batteries 5 Pound ABC Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit

26 2-1-1 Child Care Connecticut’s Child Care Resource and Referral 2-1-1 Child Care helps families obtain child care arrangements to best meet their needs. Child Care Referral Specialists educate parents about quality child care, provide early care professionals with technical assistance and resources, provides data and statistics related to Connecticut’s child care system and maintains current listings of licensed and licensed-exempt care options in Connecticut. 2-1-1 or 1-800-505-1000 www.211childcare.org Phone  Search Engine  Live Chat  Email


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