Friend, Family and Neighbor Caregivers Outreach Assistance Project
United Way of Pinal County has been awarded a $400,000 grant to recruit and provide support to Friend, Family and Neighbor home care providers. The focus is on recruiting 60 unregulated lawful home providers who are providing childcare services to 4 or less children, age birth to 5. They must already be serving families, but are not required to be regulated or licensed by the State of Arizona. Participants will be recruited throughout all communities in Pinal County and the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
Currently, many children in Pinal County are in Family, Friend and Neighbor care for all or part of their day. The goal of the project is to provide access to resources, training, networking and professional development opportunities for home child care providers.
Participants will receive information on safety, health, child development and a myriad of other topics. Home providers will receive incentives such as books/incentives and door prizes for participating in the community trainings.
Child care will be provided for participants during networking and training events with five (5) days advance notice.
Participants may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 in environmental quality improvement supplies to improve their home child care setting and $500 is set aside for participants choosing to become a licensed or certified child care provider. As a result, the children in their care are better equipped to succeed in school and life.
The United Way of Pinal County Friend, Family and Neighbor Caregivers Outreach Assistance Project is brought to you by First Things First (FTF) (www.azftf.gov), approved by Arizona voters and works to ensure that our youngest children have access to quality early childhood experiences so they will start school healthy and ready to succeed. Across the state, FTF regional partnership councils in collaboration with local leaders identify the educational and health needs of children from birth through age five in their communities and fund strategies to address those needs. United Way of Pinal County has been providing this program through a First Things First grant since 2009.
Child Care Provider Resource Training
Do you want to learn how to promote safety, health and nutrition in a fun, hands on manner to encourage “teachable moments” in your child care environment? Home child care providers are encouraged to attend one of these exciting training opportunities in your community.
TO REGISTER CALL: 520.836.0736/1.800.390.0736
A minimum of five (5) participants must be registered in advance.
Trainings will be held at the following locations and times throughout Pinal County:
This program is brought to you by First Things First (FTF), approved by Arizona voters and works to ensure that our youngest children have access to quality early childhood experiences so they will start school healthy and ready to succeed. www.azftf.gov
YAVAPAI COLLEGE TO CONDUCT NO-COST EARLY CHILD CARE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN CASA GRANDE BEGINNING JUNE 14TH, 2013
PRESCOTT, Ariz.—Yavapai College, in conjunction with Arizona Department of Economic Security, will conduct a no-cost intensive introductory course, titled “Early Child Care Professional Training.” The class will meet on the Seeds of Hope Mondo Anaya Community Center 1487 N. Crane Street in Casa Grande beginning Friday, June 14th, 2013.
The 60-hour course is designed for those interested in pursuing careers working in child-care centers, pre-schools, Head Start programs or in-home child care. The 10 modules cover pertinent topics, such as child development, appropriate learning environments, nutrition/menu planning and early reading and math activities to encourage skill development.
The classes meet June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and July 5, 6, 7, 8. Fridays and Mondays (1:00pm- 5:00pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (8:00am – 5:00 pm). Seating is limited to 20 participants, and preregistration is strongly recommended. Call toll free 1-866-219-1021 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Awarded to Yavapai College in 1999, the training enables participants to enter the workforce by providing high-quality child care and education in their communities. The grant provides for up to 15, 60-hour workshops in twelve counties in Arizona each year. Upon completion, students can earn three college credits.