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Arizona Kith & Kin Project

Sep 1, 2017

The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) developed the Arizona Kith & Kin Project in 1999 to strengthen the quality of family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) child care providers.

Kith & Kin participants often include grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and other friends. The Project offers kith and kin providers a 14-week program of weekly small group support-training sessions. The groups are facilitated in both English and Spanish; however, Spanish is the predominant language.

Topics covered during the weekly meetings include: guidance and discipline, daily schedule planning, nutrition, parent/caregiver relationships and business practices, language and literacy, and brain development. The program:

  • provides early childhood training and support to kith and kin child care providers
  • increases participants’ knowledge of the elements of quality child care
  • increases participants’ understanding of ways to challenge and stimulate young children
  • increases participants’ knowledge of childhood injury prevention and distributes safety materials and equipment ASCC partners with more than 60 community organizations, including Head Start programs, resource centers, faith-based organizations, and schools to recruit participants and deliver services.

A 4-year evaluation of the program completed in 2016 found that FFN providers demonstrated increases on the following key quality indicators after completing the program:

  • health and safety (environment and practices)
  • materials
  • provider-child communication patterns
  • provider-child engagement
  • provider sensitivity
  • engagement in learning activities
  • providers’ basic knowledge about child development.

The project is funded by the First Things First and the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Updated August 2017.

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