Family Child Care Partnerships
The purpose of the Family Child Care Partnerships (FCCP) project is to assist family child care providers to provide high quality child care services, with a focus on moving them toward national accreditation standards. By fulfilling this purpose, it is the vision of FCCP to ensure that family child care providers develop and apply their knowledge, and become aware of and utilize available supports, in ways that foster the healthy growth and development of the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in their care.
Activities of FCCP designed for this purpose include the following:
The FCCP program provides services to licensed family home childcare
providers across the state of Alabama. A major reason to target Alabama's
family child care providers as a population is because large segments
of this audience are hard to reach. The "hard-to-reach" providers
share several common characteristics. First, because the family child
care provider is the owner as well as the primary (if not the only) person
providing care, a provider may frequently work more than 60 hours per
week. Second, an estimated 70% of providers live outside of the state's
major population centers--many in rural townships or communities, and
some in fairly isolated settings. This presents barriers to transportation
and frequency of contact with other providers. Third, family child care
workers are some of the lowest paid workers in our economy and find it
challenging to consider doing "more" than they already do.