Community Connections

High-quality child care does more than benefit children; it can create positive results for entire familes and for society as a whole.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is unique in the early learning and school-age care system because we provide direct services to families and caregivers. For families, we offer customized referrals to child care and other resources. For caregivers, we offer training and technical assistance on how to provide quality care. CCR&R plays a key role in local community coalitions and we are part of statewide and national networks that partner to develop policies and resources to benefit the early learning field. We work toward quality care settings for all young children so they can succeed in school and in life.




Collaboration

By reaching out to a large number of stakeholders, from business leaders to law enforcement to organized labor and public school teachers, the Resource and Referral field helps make child care an issue that entire communities care about.

Resource and Referral organizations also collaborate with other family support services to promote a holistic vision of child care that includes health, early literacy, mental health and special needs. 


Advocacy


The pressures of daily life often keep working families out of the decision-making process. By providing information and resources, by documenting community child care needs, and by creating new ways to meet those needs, Resource and Referral services bring the voices of children, families and child care providers to policy debates. To get involved, contact info@community-minded.org.


Public Policy/Advocacy and getting involved

Washington's Child Care Policy Forum: "Access the latest information regarding child care policy.. Provide your input on how to strengthen the child care system directly to your elected officials."


Contacting your Legislators:

Go to the link provided below. On this page you will find information on the Washington State Legislature. If you click the very first link on the top left side of the page you will be redirected to a site that can find your legislators. Here you will enter your city and/or zipcode to find the name of your Washington State Legislators. Click the link below.
      Find your Legislators   

Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCR&R)

Click below for resources to help you plan your advocacy strategy.

Policy Resources: Advocacy Toolkit 2011

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)

Follow the following link to view the Public Policy page for the Legislative Action Center.  


Connect with Family Resources on Facebook  

Connect with us, provider community and families.

Facebook discussion board  


Other Advocacy, Policies, and Reports   


Washington State Child Resource & Referral Network- Policy Resources: Advocacy Toolkit 2011
CLASP- Policy Solutions for Low income People
NCCIC- National Child Care Information Center
NACCRRA - National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children
Children's Alliance
Children's Defense Fund
Washington State Institute for Public Policy 
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
Washington State Legislature    


 


Literacy and Reading links:

By Danielle Ewen on CLASP website

In early December, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform will likely make statements about how to reduce the deficit. Some early recommendations from members suggest that a combination of spending cuts, entitlement reform and tax increases may be in play, yet one metric seems to be absent from the conversation: how to protect investments in the programs that support children and families, especially our most vulnerable children.

Some of the most important programs for young children-Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care subsidies-are discretionary spending programs that would be first in line to be cut. But does it matter? In the words of Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, "at least some cutting of programs for the poor should be a part of the final deal." 

Nobel Prize winning economist James Heckman has weighed in with a letter to the Deficit Commission arguing for investments in children birth to five. Dr. Heckman makes the case for "why it is so important for us to invest in early childhood education for disadvantaged children, why it would be harmful to cut funding to existing programs and, finally, the kind of effective programs we should look to build." 

Dr. Heckman's letter should be required reading for everyone involved in solving the deficit problem.  Making the most vulnerable in society-who already shoulder the burdens of food insecurity, increasing homelessness, poor schools, mediocre child care and limited access to health care--take on even more to pay down the deficit undermines future productivity and economic success and is a short-sighted solution.

Real solutions to difficult problems require complex thinking. Here's hoping that our best minds can solve today's fiscal deficit without contributing to a human capital deficit tomorrow.

Please click here to read the letter written by Mr. Hickman supporting early childhood development plans and spending.





The Department of Early Learning just released a report from the 2009-2010 ECEAP outcomes. One of the main highlights is the fact that the Washington ECEAP received 9 out of 10 quality points from the National Institute for Early Education Research. Please click here to read the full raving report.


 

 

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