Offer an opportunity to obtain NAFCC accreditation for 5 home daycare providers in Southington. The process for obtaining accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) is outlined here. These recommendations are set forth by the NAFCC. This accreditation would be applicable to interested home daycare providers in Southington, Plantsville and Milldale.
1) Gather interest from local providers (Southington Daycare Providers Association -- SDPA).
2) Consider attending the NAFCC "train the trainer" programs, possibly at the July conference, but definitely by fall. Anyone trained would be able to give the 8 hour presentation and not have to pay NAFCC for the presenter (who usually brings a $3000 fee). It would be a better use of funds for the ECCS to train one of their members as this is a much lesser cost and would allow the community to have a trainer available at all times.
3) Distribute applications to apply for accreditation to any interested SDPA or ECCS members.
4) Offer monthly support and information meetings for those going through the process so they can have help if needed and can stay on track to complete the process as the entire accreditation process takes about one year to complete.
5) Offer scholarships to those who are interested in seeking the accreditation – the cost is $1000 per provider.
6) Identify a program manager to supervise the application process for the local providers and have them added to listserve on the NAFCC website.
7) Track info about who is going through accreditation, so the ECCS can share that info with future groups and funders.
8 )Be in touch with other state reps who can serve as program manager resources (a close contact for CT is the rep from VT)
9) If CT is going to go forward with a QRIS, the ECCS should ensure that accreditation is a viable option to quality rating. For example, in WI it is worth 4 stars, with appropriate education...5 stars (out of 5) is the highest that one can be rated.
10) The ECCS suggests gathering the following data:
Provider fees before/after accreditation
Town, county of provider
Curriculum used before/after accreditation
Changes in programming due to accreditation
% of open spots before/after accreditation
11) Since there are only two NAFCC accredited providers in the entire State of CT, make Southington a leader and model for other communities who might be considering this level of high quality home daycare accreditation.
The ECCS will investigate the reasons behind why most center based child care facilities in the community have not sought to obtain this level of accreditation and encourage them to consider seeking it.