Connecticut EHS FCC Program Builds State-level Partnerships

“This project helped illustrate that family child care providers can meet high standards of quality, given sufficient resources.” Janna Wagner, Chief Knowledge and Learning Officer, said. “It opened the door for new ways to think about investing in quality family child care in Connecticut.”

Preschool boy mixing paint colorsThe Early Head Start for Family Child Care Demonstration Project (EHS FCC) was a chance to raise awareness of family child care at the state level. This is important because most infants and toddlers are spending their days in FCC settings. The All Our Kin (AOK) Early Head Start program in Connecticut (featured during EHS/FCC week) was able to use this opportunity to open the door to conversations with state officials.

AOK’s goal was to increase family child care providers’ access to subsidies, training, professional development, and program improvement. They also wanted to give the community more information about what family child care is and how to recognize a high quality program. “We saw the Early Head Start for Family Child Care demonstration project as a wonderful opportunity to begin a dialogue about family child care with state policymakers and administrators,” AOK Executive Director Jessica Sager said.
AOK enaged in a number of productive activities with good results:

  • They made presentations on the project and the benefits of the EHC-FCC model at state meetings and conferences.
  • The organization is now on a subcommittee of the state advisory council looking at Quality Rating Systems.
  • They obtained state funding to offer training to groups across the state in using Connecticut’s Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers.
  • They also wrote a publication titled “What Is Family Child Care?” that provides basic information to parents and community members.
  • And one key result: It is now easier to obtain information about children’s eligibility for child care services.

Through the demonstration project, AOK was able to show that EHS FCC is a model that raises standards and holds providers accountable for high quality comprehensive services while supplying them with incentives, training and resources.  

“This project helped illustrate that family child care providers can meet high standards of quality, given sufficient resources.” Janna Wagner, Chief Knowledge and Learning Officer, said. “It opened the door for new ways to think about investing in quality family child care in Connecticut.”