Human Services

Child Care Resources, Inc.

Missoula, MT

Mission

Helping 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 Lake Counties in western Montana. CCR also offers online training at childcaretraining.org to child care providers statewide.

Ruling Year

1971

Executive Director

Kelly Rosenleaf

Assistant Director

Michelle Parks

Main Address

500 N. Higgins Ave Suite 202

Missoula, MT 59802 USA

Keywords

childcare, childcare assistance, early learning, education, youth development

EIN

23-7096799

 Number

3155594055

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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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 development, from birth to age five, they many 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 l investments begin with public school, and by then, many disadvantaged children are already struggling.

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Child Care Food Program

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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. 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.

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

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 providers. 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.

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 A-133 audit.

CCR tracks service outputs to assure that we are reaching our customers:
-- number of families and children receiving child care assistance
-- the number of referrals made to child care facilities
-- the number of trainings provided
-- the number of programs that participate in the food program.

We compare participation levels to other Montana regions of similar population to assess our outreach and recruitment effectiveness.

We also are interested in qualitative outcomes. CCR tracks the progress of child care programs enrolled in the STARS to Quality program Montana's 5-Star Quality Rating Improvement System. STARS is based on well researched, reliable, valid measures of child care quality. We assess the percentage of programs participating in our area to assess our outreach and recruitment. Facility progress helps us assess our training and coaching effectiveness.

Many states have implemented high quality pre-k programs. Montana is one of only six states that do not have public pre-k. CCR collaborates with other early childhood advocacy groups and elected officials to obtain public pre-k investment. When Montana implements a strong pre-k program for at risk children, we will have achieved an important success.

We are also engaged in advocacy work to strengthen child care scholarship policies, child care licensing regulations, and investments in infant care. We define improved policy and program design as part of our work and our success. For example, Montana has recently strengthened child care licensing requirements for the first time in many years. CCR staff members provided input regarding needed changes, brought child care providers together with licensors to discuss proposed rules, and commented during the public hearing. We are now engaged in educating child care providers about the new rules to help them make needed changes which strengthen health and safety practices.

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 657 families for 1,085 children on average per month.
• Trained 818 child care providers in Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli Counties, in 363 hours of classroom training and 1,667 hours of onsite child care training and coaching to improve early education for children.
• Helped child care providers throughout the state obtain training via online training. 12,974 online course were completed by child care providers throughout Montana.

22% of the child care facilities in our region are participating in STARS to Quality. Our goal is 35%. Of those participating, 92% have achieved a STAR level as of 2/15/18 which exceed our goal of 70%. There will always be new programs joining. 25% moved up at least one STAR level in FY17.

We advocated for comprehensive public Pre-K in 2017. Montana faced a significant revenue problem so we were pleased investment in that a small pilot Pre-K program passed. We remain committed to universal Pre-K and will continue advocacy until it is eventually funded and implemented.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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