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California Child Care Initiative Project

Nov 13, 2017

The Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) is a statewide initiative to build the supply and improve the quality of licensed family child care homes in California. The CCIP works through local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies to recruit, train, and retain licensed family child care providers.

CCIP was initially developed by the Bank of America Foundation and is funded by a statewide and local public-private partnership. Since 2007, CCIP’s recruitment efforts have opened more than 7,800 new licensed family child care homes, adding over 63,000 spaces for children – 75% of which were for infants or toddlers. In a continuing effort to improve the quality of care for young children, CCIP staff have continued to provide ongoing linguistically and culturally appropriate training and technical assistance to child care providers. Since 2011, CCIP has provided over 33,000 hours of training and over 188,000 hours of technical assistance to providers. The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (CCR&R) provides CCIP grants to local CCR&R agencies to improve the training capacity of their staff, enhance their professional development, and extend their knowledge of early childhood education. This enables each local CCR&R to better support and train excellent child care providers. The trainings assist providers in meeting California state licensing requirements by highlighting nutrition and meal preparation, growth and development, and guidance on discipline.

In the CCIP model, local CCR&R staff recruit newly licensed family child care providers and provide training in a wide variety of languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, Hmong, and Farsi.

The CCR&R Network seeks to: provide train-the-trainers modules, collaborate with other agencies and nonprofits to provide specialized training on a range of topics, and produce resources for family child care providers.

The FY 2018-2019 California State Budget included an increase for child care quality investments. CCIP was designated to receive some of these one-time federal Child Care and Development Fund dollars with which it will boost its recruitment efforts in order to continue addressing the shortage of licensed family child care centers.

Updated July 2019

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