Ensuring Quality Care for Our Children

The Coalition helps provide children with the best possible early education and high quality care by working closely with the childcare centers and family day care homes contracted with us.
 
Our dedicated team of Resource Specialists helps child care providers improve the quality of their programs and services. A Resource Specialist is assigned to each childcare provider contracted with the Coalition. The Resource Specialists help ensure children receive the best possible care by:
  • Making regular visits to their designated child care sites for monitoring and technical assistance.
  • Assisting directors and staff with developing and implementing curriculum.
  • Presenting model lessons in the classroom to help staff members improve their teaching skills.
  • Administering program evaluation tools such as Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood and Family Day Care environment rating scales when requested.
  • Working with childcare sites to develop parent involvement activities.

Other steps the Coalition takes to help ensure quality: 
  • Recognizing providers who earn and maintain Gold Seal status by paying them a certain percentage above the market rate.
  • Hosting monthly training sessions for child care providers on topics ranging from math in the preschool classroom to ten steps to positive discipline.
  • Awarding mini-grants to School Readiness providers to enhance their sites with books, children’s furniture and/or playground safety material and equipment.
  • Ensuring information transfers with a child if he/she moves to a different child care provider through the Early Childhood Screening Folder system. A child’s folder also follows him/her to the school district upon starting kindergarten.
  • Partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for curriculum materials and classroom technical assistance.  

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