Child Care State Systems Specialist Network

Child Care State Systems Specialist Network

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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness plans help ensure child care programs and staff are prepared to react in a manner that protects the safety of children and staff when an emergency occurs. Emergency plans also establish mechanisms to help programs during the recovery phase and get businesses “up and running” as soon as possible, which promotes continuity of care and reduces the risks of clientele and income loss.

State Systems Resource Guide

The OCC Systems Building Resource Guide is designed to provide an overview of key system-building issues to support Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Administrators (SAs) in pursuing system-building initiatives.

CCDF Fundamentals

The CCDF Fundamentals resource provides information on the CCDF program which provides funds to States, Territories, and Tribes to assist low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend education/training programs.

State Profiles

The state profiles include demographic information about the children, families and child care in each state, as well as contact information for the state agencies involved in child care. The profiles also contain links to additional state and national resources.

State Systems Specialists Network Resources and Information

This webinar, “Creating a Plan for Child Care Services: Coordinating with Key Partners and Emergency Management Agencies and Developing a Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters”, is part 1 of 6 in CCSSSN’s series of Emergency Preparedness and Response webinars.

This Webinar, “Subsidy Issues: Planning for the Continuation of Child Care Services” is part 2 of 6 in CCSSSN’s series of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Planning Webinars.

Natural disasters and emergencies can be emotionally devastating and cause property damage that can be costly to repair. Child care programs are not immune to these risks and should plan and prepare for any event (minor as well as catastrophic) that may disrupt the day-to-day operations of their child care businesses. Emergency plans help ensure child care programs and staff are prepared to react in a manner that protects the safety of children and staff when an emergency occurs. This guide is available in English and en Español.
Child development describes the process of children accruing the ability to do increasingly difficult or complex activities as they grow older. Child development is separated into five categories: cognitive, language, motor, sensory, and social and emotional. Parents and other adults, such as grandparents and child care providers, play important roles in a child’s development. The environment is also an important factor in development because it stimulates learning. Providing stable relationships that are socially and emotionally nurturing, and environments that are safe and age appropriate are essential to healthy human development. Parents and providers may have questions about how to support children’s development and how to establish developmentally appropriate environments. This resource guide is designed to help parents and providers find information about the following child development topics: developmental milestones, social and emotional development, early learning, promoting cultural diversity and inclusion, health and safety, teaching materials and learning activities, curricula, and book distribution lists. Download the PDF (in English or en Español) below to learn more.

The Fundamentals of CCDF Administration Website is a comprehensive, interactive resource for state, territory and tribal administrators.

Early childhood/school-age coordination plans and designated entities responsible for program coordination within a State/Territory can help Child Care and Development (CCDF) Lead Agencies better coordinate funds and service delivery.

Child care provides an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and their families. Starting and operating a child care business is both a personal and a business decision.

These resources provide state and territory policymakers with information about public-private partnerships for early learning, including why partnerships are consequential to different constituencies.

In States and communities throughout the country, public-private partnerships are flourishing.

The information in this resource guide is designed to help identify the education, training, and experience needed need to qualify for a teaching or administrative role in a child care center or to operate a family child care (FCC) program. Information is also included to help locate training and professional development opportunities in the community, connect with membership organizations in the early care and education field, and identify other state-specific resources that may be useful to professional development.