Our Team

As the Coalition’s responsibilities grew throughout the years, so did the team behind our success. Initially, the executive director and a board of 25 community leaders administered Coalition activities. Coalition business is now carried out by 29 staff members and up to 22 board members. The chief executive officer lead a seasoned management team as well as child care resource and referral specialists, eligibility specialists, fiscal assistants, data/contract specialists, resource specialists, the Father and Child Connection program specialist, the grant/community outreach specialist, executive assistant and receptionist. These valuable employees comprise five departments:

Administration
The chief executive officer leads the Coalition’s team of hardworking staff members. The CEO is supported by the Operations/HR manager, and the administrative assistant. Administration handles assignments including contracts, human resources, state and federal legislation, and regulatory compliance.   

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
A team of three state certified child care resource and referral specialists answers an average of 4,000 calls per month. They help parents with questions ranging from how to get financial assistance for childcare to what services are available to help them meet their family’s individual needs. These specialists provide many parents with information about child care sites in their area , supply lists of child care providers in zip code order and educate parents about choosing quality childcare.         

Eligibility for School Readiness (SR) and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)  
Six eligibility specialists, supervised by the Director of Eligiibility and CCR&R, meet with families and guide them through the eligibility process for the School Readiness program. They work with parents to determine eligibility for subsidized childcare services. The eligibility specialists also help parents enroll their children in the FREE VPK program. They ensure children are eligible by reviewing all necessary documentation and provide parents with VPK certificates for their children’s admittance into the program. A list of VPK providers is given to parents so they may choose an appropriate site for their children.

Fiscal
The fiscal team works together to ensure the Coalition receives state and federal funds in a timely manner; provides monthly and annual financials to state and local agencies for grant awards; accurately reimburses contracted providers for child care services; educates potential providers about the contracting process; tracks local match status; and handles accounts payable/accounts receivable. This department consists of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Lead Fiscal Specialist, a Fiscal/Monitoring Specialist, and VPK and SR Data/Contract specialists.  

Program 
Six resource specialists and the Father & Child Connection program specialist comprise the program department. Resource specialists are experienced early education professionals who provide technical assistance to contracted providers. They support and nurture providers so Coalition children receive the best possible early education services. The Father and Child Connection program specialist sponsors events and activities which help fathers and male role models spend more quality time with their children.

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