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Arizona Kith & Kin Project

Feb 9, 2016

The Association for Supportive Child Care developed the Arizona Kith & Kin Project in 1999 to strengthen the quality of friends and family ("kith and kin") child care providers.

Kith & Kin Project 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 programs objectives are to (1) provide early childhood training and support to kith and kin child care providers, (2) increase participants knowledge of the elements of quality childcare, (3) increase participants understanding of ways to challenge and stimulate young children, (4) increase participants knowledge of childhood injury prevention and distributes safety materials and equipment.

The project is funded by the Arizona Republic/12 News Season for Sharing, City of Tempe-H2O Funds, Governors Office for Children, Youth and Families, Valley of the Sun United Way, JP Morgan Chase, and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Updated February 2016

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