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Child Care Resources, Inc.

Missoula, MT   |  https://www.childcareresources.org/

Mission

We help kids grow into successful adults by enriching the learning environment of their crucial early years. CCR serves families and child care providers in Missoula, Ravalli, Mineral and Ravalli Counties in western Montana. CCR also offers online training at childcaretraining.org to child care providers throughout Montana.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Kelly Rosenleaf

Assistant Director

Michelle Parks

Main address

2409 Dearborn Ave Suite L

Missoula, MT 59801 USA

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EIN

23-7096799

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many disadvantaged children are not ready to enter school ready to learn because their early care and education was inadequate. When young kids do not have the support needed during the most crucial phase of brain development, from birth to age five, they may not relate well to others, may lack social and emotional skills, and as a result may do poorly in school, in relationships, in work, and may struggle throughout their lives. These challenges are entirely preventable with greater support to parents, a stronger, more well-resourced and integrated early childhood care and education system. Child care tuition is insufficient to cover the cost of professional salaries and, as a result, it is difficult to attract and retain a skilled early childhood workforce. Targeted public investments are insufficient to serve the growing number of children born in poverty. Our universal investments begin with public school, and by then, many children living in poverty are already struggling.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Services

CCR helps families find child care. We share consumer education information to help parents assess childcare facilities. We maintain a database of childcare facilities to link parents with programs that match family needs.

CCR offers scholarships to support low income families and children in the protective service system. We determine eligibility and authorize payments following state and federal guidelines. Payments totaling over $4 million per year are issued by the state, therefore do not appear in CCRs financial statements. Eligibility guidelines for this program are set by the federal and state government. CCR raises scholarship money privately to help fill in the gaps that cannot be met by the government program.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Children
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

CCR offers training, technical assistance and coaching to early childhood professionals and child care facilities. We offer specific training, consulting and coaching to help child care programs advance in Montanas Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).

CCRs early childhood professional development services include the development and delivery of content appropriate for professionals from beginning to advanced levels. CCR delivers training throughout our core service region. Additionally, CCR is Montanas early childhood distance learning contractor. over 100 courses are available online at www.ChildCareTraining.org.

Coaching is delivered onsite to strengthen caregivers ability to support childrens development of social and emotional skills. Additionally, CCR has a public health nurse/childcare health consultant to assist childcare programs with health questions and challenges.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
Adults
Immigrants and migrants
Self-employed people

CCR sponsors small, home-based childcare businesses participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. The program supports nutritious meals for young children. To participate, childcare programs must serve meals that meet USDA nutritional standards, prepare and store food in compliance with health and safety standards, and participate in nutrition and food continuing education. CCR monitors participating programs three times per year. Providers submit and CCR processes meal service claims monthly.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Child Care Resources primary goal is to ensure that every child has access to a quality early education because research shows that brain development is most rapid during the first five years. Optimal early brain development is the foundation for life success.

We help those who influence young kids most, namely parents and child care providers. The result is a winning cycle: When kids are in the hands of excellent child care providers, they acquire lifelong learning and social skills, and those skills eventually help our community become a better place for kids and adults. To succeed, we need investment in early care and education programs beyond tuition so early childhood teachers earn a living wage. Children will be better off if poverty is eliminated as many social problems are rooted in poverty.

Child Care Resources provides the following services:

--Help finding child care
--Help paying for child care
--Professional Development for Early Childhood Professionals
-- Reimbursements for nutritious meals served in child care

Child Care Resources' offers families in Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli counties the support they need to find and pay for quality child care. We help families understand what to look for and questions to ask when considering options for their young children's out-of-home care. We maintain an up to date child care referral database to help link parents with facilities that have vacancies.

Child Care Resources administers the state-funded Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarship to help low income families pay for child care. Scholarships are available to working families whose income is at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as well as families who receive cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. We also use private funding to provide short term payment assistance families who are ineligible for the highly regulated public program.

Child Care Resources is committed to offering high-quality professional development opportunities and support to early childhood professionals throughout their careers. Excellent child care facilities do not just happen – they are developed by dedicated professionals. In addition, we provide individualized technical assistance, plus various forms of training, including classroom workshops and online classes for new and existing early childhood teachers. We offer classroom based coaching to help early childhood teachers improve practice.

Lastly, Child Care Resources is a sponsor of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program educates child care providers on developing healthy menus and provides partial reimbursement for the cost of nutritious meals served to the children in their care.

CCR has been providing services that improve access to quality child care since 1969.

CCR has a strong governing board and a well educated, passionate staff that implements the organization's goals and objectives. We value our staff team who bring mix of experience and institutional memory as well as new team members who bring fresh perspectives. We honor our employees and do our best to provide a supportive, family friendly workplace.

CCR contracts with the State of Montana to deliver services that are funded by the federal and state government. Program regulations are determined by the government and our performance is monitored by the State of Montana.

Additionally, CCR raises private funds to advance its mission beyond what would be possible within the limits of public funding.

CCR has an annual audit in compliance federal Single Audit Act requirements. Our audit is unqualified; CCR is a low risk auditee.

Child Care Resources helps kids grow into successful adults by enriching the learning environment of their crucial early years. In the past fiscal year, Child Care Resources:

• Provided child care scholarships to an average of 600 families with 990 children per month.
• Delivered 600 hours of classroom training and 2006 hours of onsite consulting and coaching to improve early education for children.
• Helped child care providers throughout the state obtain training via online training. There were a total of 19,737 online course enrollments by child care providers throughout Montana.

27% of the child care facilities in our region are participating in STARS to Quality. Our goal is 35%. Of those participating, 85% have achieved a STAR level as of 3/26/19 which exceed our goal of 70%. There will always be new programs joining. 42% moved up at least one STAR level in FY18. There are currently 2 facilities at STAR 4. We anticipate 1 or 2 facilities achieving a STAR 5 in the coming months.

We advocated for comprehensive public Pre-K in 2019. Unfortunately this effort failed again. We remain committed to universal Pre-K and are currently advocating for a mixed delivery PreK program at the 2021 Legislative Session.

Financials

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Child Care Resources, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruce Tribbensee

Natalie Black

Worden Thane P.C.

Gabrielle Gee

Hall Both Smith, P.C.

Carly Griffin

Missoula Association of REALTORS

Nanette Meltzer

YMCA Early Learning Center

Bruce Tribbensee

Caitlin Stainken

ZACC

Lisa Bower

US Aid

Joe Westenberg

First Security Bank

Natalie Schaefer

Newfangled Digital Media

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data