The Chesapeake Child Care Resource Center (CCCRC) is a community based program that provides services to child care providers and the community in order to improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood education and care for Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.
CCCRC provides comprehensive child care training services including certification classes, on-site training, training that meets MSDE’s licensing requirements, and technical assistance on child focused issues. All child care courses are offered in partnership with CCCRC and the Chesapeake College Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Training. In addition to overall training and technical assistance for all center based and family early care programs, CCCRC provides Infant and Toddler support for programs caring for infants and children less than three years of age.
Project Right Steps is a free service that addresses the needs of child care providers and parents that are dealing with children (0-5) with challenging behaviors. Project Right Steps is designed to support changes in the child’s behavior through the specialist’s work with both the child care provider and the family. Specialists offer services including observation, assessment, and consultation. They suggest strategies to assist the provider(s) and parents in addressing the child’s challenging behaviors.
The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCPDF) scholarship is given to credentialed providers based upon an application and approval by the Maryland State Department of Education. Funds for the CCCPDF fund come from the Federal Workforce fund. The scholarship pays for tuition, books, and fees for participants in the AAS or AAT degrees in Early Child Development and Education. There is a work service agreement that the provider will continue to work in child care while earning the degree and will work after graduation for two years in child care for the AAS or AAT Associate degree earned. A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained to remain in the program.
Locate Child Care: parents learn about various types of child care programs and guidelines for selecting high-quality care. Parents receive contact information for child care services that meet their needs with information on hours, location, costs, and other program information. For free, personalized service, contact a LOCATE: Child Care Referral Specialist by calling 877.261.0060 Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:00PM. A Referral Specialist can help identify child care options based on your family’s specific needs.
Project Security Blanket is a statewide grant that provides onsite and on line (webinar) emergency training for child care providers. Providers complete an emergency plan for their programs which is required by MSDE Office of Child Care Licensing. The cost of the training is $15.