Strengthening Families in Family Child Care

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Parents as Teachers supports quality home visiting for family child care providers. Research shows it significantly increased the quality of care.

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Strengthening Families in Family Child Care

  1. 1. Supporting Care Providers through Personal Visits Incorporating the Strengthening Families approach into work with family child care providers
  2. 2. Kerry Caverly Director of Replication, Training and Technical Assistance
  3. 4. Parents as Teachers Supports Quality Home Visiting for Family Child Care Providers <ul><li>2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting Care Providers Through Personal Visits curriculum and training created </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting Infant/ Toddler Care Providers curriculum developed incorporating the Strengthening Families approach </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Parents as Teachers supports quality home visiting for family child care providers
  5. 6. Key Beliefs <ul><li>Provider-parent relationship is critically important. </li></ul><ul><li>The crucial early years of children's lives are critical for optimal development. </li></ul><ul><li>We must support young children's development in all settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Home visits are an effective and creative way to provide needed support and resources to care providers. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Key Elements <ul><li>Curricula address care providers’ needs for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information about child development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>health and safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ideas about activities to do with children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>parent-provider relationships and child-provider relationships </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Key Findings <ul><li>Random assignment study of Caring for Quality Project by Cornell University </li></ul><ul><li>Care provider visits using the Parents as Teachers Supporting Care Providers through Personal Visits curriculum significantly increased the quality of care . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased overall quality of the care setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased language, reasoning experiences, and learning activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased social development </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. It’s all about relationships.
  9. 10. Strengthening Families approach: a perfect fit <ul><li>Helps with intentionality </li></ul><ul><li>Is strengths based </li></ul><ul><li>Increases engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Builds buffers for providers and parents </li></ul>
  10. 11. Strengthening Families self-assessment for family child care providers <ul><li>Strategy one: </li></ul><ul><li>Value and support parents </li></ul>
  11. 12. Strengthening Families self-assessment for family child care providers <ul><li>Strategy two: </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate friendships and mutual support </li></ul>
  12. 13. Strengthening Families self-assessment for family child care providers <ul><li>Strategy three: </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen parenting </li></ul>
  13. 14. Strengthening Families self-assessment for family child care providers <ul><li>Strategy four: </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate children’s social and emotional development </li></ul>
  14. 15. Strengthening Families self-assessment for family child care providers <ul><li>Strategy five: </li></ul><ul><li>Link families to services and opportunities </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>www.ParentsAsTeachers.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.ParentsAsTeachers.Wordpress.com </li></ul>

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