What is a Family Child Care Education Network?:
FCCHEN's, or "Networks", are funded by the California Department of Education (CDE) to provide early education and child care to eligible families with children birth to 13 years. Children are cared for in licensed family child care homes that meet strict standards for quality set forth by the CDE. In Sonoma County two agencies, Children and Family Circle and River to Coast Children's Services, have FCCHEN contracts.
Services for Children:
Each child's developmental and emotional progress is monitored closely by FCCHEN staff through regular visits to the child care homes, as well as observations and conferences with parents and referring social workers, when appropriate. Children are evaluated using the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) and individual learning plans are created for each child with input from staff, providers, and parents. Referrals for speech therapy, behavioral consultations, etc., are offered when needed.
Services for Families:
Eligible families enrolled in a Network have access to high-quality child care at low or no-cost, allowing them to keep or find employment, finish school or vocational training, or attend counseling as directed by a social worker. Parental choice is honored as most Networks offer child care homes in a variety of locations, with flexible days and hours. In addition, child care providers representing different cultures, languages, and ethnic backgrounds are available.
Services for Providers:
FCCHEN staff work closely with the child care providers to create developmentally and culturally appropriate learning environments for children within a safe, supportive atmosphere. Activities are offered during monthly site visits including, but not limited to, early math and literacy, science, and art. On-going meetings and trainings are offered by each Network and continuing education is encouraged and rewarded. Each home program is evaluated regularly using the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS).
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