Today's child care providers need to provide a high quality learning experience for every child in their program. Child care providers supply the framework to equip children with the skills they will utilize as they negotiate their path through the educational system to become productive members of society.
As the designated child care resource and referral agency for the Northwest Ohio region, the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral is your foundation for information on early care and education. At the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, we assist families, child care providers, employers and other community agencies in defining and attaining quality child care. We are the largest provider of training and technical assistance for early childhood caregivers and teachers in this region. The YWCA also offers a multitude of trainings and technical assistance for the Step Up To Quality tiered rating system. Our Specialists can assist child care providers with questions about infant, toddler, preschool, after school and administrative issues.
Are you thinking about becoming a child care provide? Currently, there are three types of child care providers that are certified or licensed through the State of Ohio.
For information on becoming a licensed Type B provider, a licensed Type A provider, or to open a center, visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website at http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/openingachildcareprogram.stm
You will also want to consider becoming a YWCA CCR&R Registered Provider. Benefits include:
To become a Registered Provider with the YWCA CCR&R your center must be licensed by the State of Ohio and within the counties we serve. In addition, you must submit the following forms:
Please print and complete these documents and contact the CCR&R in your region in order to submit them. If you have any questions or concerns as you complete this packet, please feel free to call our office for assistance at (800) 632-3052. All elements of the application packet contain information that may be useful to you in the future. We suggest you make copies of all completed materials before submitting them to our office.
In addition to completing these materials, we also ask that you attend a mandatory new provider orientation at the YWCA. Once you have completed and returned all of the items required to be added to our registry, a referral specialist will contact you to discuss your criminal background check and schedule your orientation.
The YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral can assist programs in becoming rated, renewing ratings, and increasing their rating through one on one coaching with issues such as preparing your required documentation, creating a professional development plan, room arrangements, lesson planning and more.
What is Step Up To Quality?
Step Up To Quality is Ohio's voluntary quality rating system, for ODJFS licensed child care programs. Step Up To Quality identifies early care and education programs that go above Ohio's licensing standards. Supports and awards are offered to help programs in achieving and keeping a Star Rating. Programs that go beyond the minimum health and safety standards can earn stars. This is done by meeting the quality program standards for the State of Ohio.
Step Up To Quality means:
There may be more teachers per child. This allows teachers to spend more time with each child. Better qualified teachers will be available. Teachers will have more training in early childhood development. There is a commitment to use Ohio's Birth-5 Kindergarten Entry Early Learning and Development Standards. Providing an outstanding work environment ensures staff are treated professionally and offered benefits. This will help retain good teachers.
The goals of SUTQ are:
Learn more about Step Up to Quality at: www.earlychildhoodohio.org.
It is important that you let us know every time your program experiences a change. Updating this information allows YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral to refer parents to your program and to keep you informed of policy updates, events, and trainings.
Please notify us any time the following information changes:
Complete your program update by clicking one of the links below:
You may also update us by calling:
To help child care providers maintain quality child care we offer trainings designed to support early childhood professionals in meeting their goals of developing skills and improving the quality of their programs. In addition, our trainings meet ODJFS licensing and/or Step Up To Quality requirements. We offer trainings for family child care providers and center employees on a variety of topics including infant/toddler, preschool, school age, administrator, behavioral and business issues. Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week and on Saturdays.
Training participants must register for all trainings provided by the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral through the Ohio Professional Development Registry. This registry is a statewide system that will track the professional development trainings and continuing education units that you have received from attending our trainings.
To register for training, you must first create a profile.
The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral reminds all training attendees to please follow the attendance guidelines. Please click here to review our attendance guidelines and training fee policy.
The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral determines the content and frequency of training based on the following factors: feedback from providers, comments on training evaluations, and the history of attendance at each training. We strive to meet the needs of child care providers however, if you would like to comment about our professional development opportunities, please call our office or email us your comments.
Early Learning Resources Ohio is a subscriber-based web platform providing an extensive knowledge hub of tools focused on supporting the needs of early childhood education and care professionals. Members receive cost savings through 30 different partner organizations, as well as the convenience of forms, documents, and templates all on one website! The site also includes direct access to popular curriculums, lesson plan ideas, and links to local and federal regulations. Explore the site at http://www.earlylearningresourcesohio.org
Do you have a child who is no longer a good fit at your preschool? Do this child’s challenges put them at risk for expulsion? Now, there’s support available to you. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, provides resources to early childhood programs that have children in their setting facing potential expulsion. The Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership can provide on-site observation, feedback and strategies, resources regarding behavioral supports and recommendations for professional development related to early childhood mental health topics. Programs can access this service by calling 1-844-678-ABCs (2227) or by visiting the website at www.Nationwidechildrens.org/Preschool-Expulsion-Prevention.
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act: www.ada.gov
Early learning activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten: www.childcareland.com
Teaching resources for early education classrooms: www.kaplanco.com
Education products: www.lakeshorelearning.com
Professional registry information including child development trainings to meet ODJFS and SUTQ goals: www.occrra.org
World music site for children: www.putamayo.com
Learning to read site children: www.starfall.com
Marketing materials website: www.vistaprint.com
Business Advice for Family Child Care Providers: www.tomcopelandblog.com
Business Documents for Child Care: www.firstchildrensfinance.org
Resources for Ohio Child Care Providers: www.earlylearningresoucesohio.org
Step Up To Quality Information: www.earlychildhoodohio.org
National Association for the Education of Young Children: www.naeyc.org
Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children: www.oaeyc.org
National Association for Family Child Care: www.nafcc.org
The Council for Professional Recognition: www.cdacouncil.org
Our child care referral program is a FREE service to the community. All parent and child information is kept confidential. There are three different ways to get referrals.
The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral knows that finding quality childcare is not easy. In fact, most parents often do not know the right questions to ask, nor do they know what to look for when visiting a child care facility. Always remember the best answer to selecting appropriate child care is to use your instincts. If the facility, staff or provider does not "feel" right, then it is probably not the best place for your child.
Here are a few guidelines to evaluate when considering a family child care home or a child care center for your child.
Currently, there are three types of child care providers that are certified or licensed through the State of Ohio.
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It is important for parents to know what the developmental milestones are for their children. Please use these links to help guide you on what your child should be doing at the age.
The Early Learning and Development Standards describe key concepts and skills that young children develop during the birth–to–five-year period. Their purpose is to support the development and well–being of young children and to foster their learning. The standards promote the understanding of early learning and development, provide a comprehensive and coherent set of expectations for children's development and learning, and guide the design and implementation of curriculum, assessment and instructional practices with young children. View these standards here
Information regarding Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as well as tips and checklists related to school readiness can be found at this link: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Early-Learning/Kindergarten/Ohios-Kindergarten-Readiness-Assessment.
As a parent, there are many ways that you can be involved in supporting Ohio and it’s early childhood policymaking and systems building work. The YWCA CCR&R supports work that focuses on building a comprehensive and equitable early childhood system. Two websites that you can find further information: http://www.naeyc.org/policy/advocacy and http://www.buildinitiative.org/OurWork/StateandLocal.aspx
Need help with parenting strategies? Our Resource Library can help! We offer a variety of free resources and services to support parents, children and the community in the Resource Library. Each of our three offices offers a Resource Library but availability of items and hours of operation may vary by location. Contact your YWCA CCR&R location to schedule a visit or to reserve an item.
Baby T.A.L.K (Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge) is a program where a YWCA Specialist demonstrates and models interactive play based learning activities for the family to engage with one another. Each family receives a copy of a featured book, as well as written materials that support the modeled activity. The Baby TALK program also offers a parent gathering called Family Fun Times, where parents and their children come together with additional families to share in a literacy activity based on a preselected age appropriate book.
This program is committed to the education of children and families and is invested in increasing awareness of the importance of early literacy opportunities for our youngest learners. Partly funded through the United Way, the YWCA of Northwest Ohio has sent over 105,000 books to more than 2,800 children in Allen County since 2009!
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