Thank you for serving all children! We know it takes planning, communication, willingness to learn and heart! ODJFS wants to provide an additional financial increase to support your efforts. If you care for a child who receives special services such as an IEP or IFSP etc. you are able to request a payment rate increase of 5%. If a child requires a special accommodation, such as additional staffing or equipment, you are able to request a payment increase of up to twice your current payment rate. To request a payment increase for your care for a child with special needs, go to Forms Central and complete form number JFS 01231 “Request for Payment Rate for Special Needs Child Care”.
The Child Care Resource Center also wanted to support you and your staff. If you are currently caring for a child with special needs, or if you are planning to begin caring for a child with special needs, we have options to support you and your staff! We have trainings for teachers who care for children with special needs that you can contract just for all of your staff.
Call Alyssa Gatliff at 440.242.0413 ext. 235 for support in designing an individualized professional development plan for your program today! Also, be sure to look at our training catalog for trainings to meet your professional development needs.
Caring for children with special needs: What does this mean for you?
Are you licensed by ODJFS?
Do you care for a child with special needs or are you planning to care for a child who has special needs?
Are you struggling to meet the staff education requirements for Step Up To Quality? Then you need to check out the new School-Age Endorsement being offered by OCCRRA.
Family Child Care owners, or employees, with an ODFS license
Teachers working with school-age children in a licensed child care facility
Administrators of stand-alone school-age programs (no other age group served)
What is required to receive the endorsement?
· Assistant Teacher Endorsement requires 10 hours of specific School-Age training and a minimum of 200 hours working with children
· Lead Teacher Endorsement requires 15 hours of specific School-Age training, an additional 5 hours of Ohio Approved training and a minimum of 600 hours working with children
· Administrator Endorsement requires 20 hours of specific School-Age training, 10 additional hours of Ohio Approved training and a minimum of 1400 hours working with children – 800 of which must be in a program serving school-age children.
3 easy steps to endorsement:
1. Complete the required training for the Endorsement being sought
2. Apply for the Endorsement in the Ohio Professional Registry
3. Upload a letter from your employer verifying your professional experience
What are the benefits of the School-Age Endorsement?
· All required training hours are Ohio Approved and count towards Professional Development requirements for SUTQ
· All school-age specific training hours are FREE
· All school-age specific training hours are delivered online and are available 24/7
For information about this new program and how it can impact your specific program, call Anita St. John at 440-242-0413 ext. 236
For additional information about how to bring Project-Based Learning to your program, please contact:
Cindy Bowens, Preschool Specialist
(440) 242-0413 ext. 249
Project-Based Learning Enhances Quality
Project-based learning is like creating a great story with many twist and turns. There is a beginning, middle and end. This summer I worked with a preschool program that is SUTQ 5 - Star rated and Nationally Accredited. One of their goals was to get “back to basics” by creating and implementing activity plans based on children’s interest. Secondly, they wanted to involve their families and community in a more meaningful way. Project-based learning also known as studies allows for both. Initially teachers selected topics based on children’s interest and their curriculum. They created a web by brainstorming their own knowledge and ideas on specific topics. They decided their focus would be on implementing more nature based learning inside and outside. Once the web was completed, they shared their ideas with their children and families to find out their experiences. By including families and volunteers from the community, they gained a wealth of knowledge and resources. This took their projects to an entirely new level. Families felt more informed about what children learn through project-based learning. One parent is a beekeeper who talked about his work and had children try on his gear. Another parent is a gardener and shared her expertise in gardening. Teachers culminated the summer by documenting each phase of their projects in open areas for parents and community members to view. Children and families extended their projects at home and shared stories how project based learning enhances the quality of children’s learning.
Child Care is a business. Child Care professionals are not babysitters who spend the day watching soap operas, eating ice cream while ignoring children and talking on the phone. No, the Child Care profession is a complex industry which involves highly trained and educated professionals who work long hours, balance tight budgets and maintain supply and demand.
The Administrative and Leadership domain of Step Up to Quality tells us that child care is a profession. Child Care is a business that has significant value: educating young minds. The Business Administration Scale (BAS) for Family Child Care Providers or The Program Administration Scale (PAS) for Center based programs is a great way for you to take a look at your business - find out what works and where changes may be needed.
When was the last time you raised your rates, made a budget for your program, advertised your business with flyers or on facebook or gave yourself paid time off? Why not?
You’re the boss now. You have the power to make these decisions for yourself and your program. Embrace the leader within you and up your game.
Take a few minutes to complete the PAS or BAS book and find out which areas you may need more help with. Need additional support? The Child Care Resource Center offers classes on the PAS or BAS. Be sure to check the CCRC training calendar often for upcoming training dates.
For more information contact Jocelyn Smith at 440-242-0413 ext. 229
" You had the thought, dreamed the dream, made the plan and opened your business; now awaken the leader within…. "
Awaken the leader within...
Job Description: Parent
Duties: Care and maintenance of all children. Heavy lifting is expected. Must have leadership abilities and be able to be firm in decision making. Must have patience and be hard working.
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Sick Days: Yes, you will work all sick days
Holidays: Be prepared to work all Holidays including food prep, gift wrapping, cleaning and greeting guests.
Benefits: Hugs, Kisses, home-made cards and ‘I Love You’
from the desk of parent services......
Parenting is the hardest job in the world and yet the most rewarding. As parents, there are times when we have more questions than answers. And sometimes, the people closest to us may not have answers either.
Thanks to Parent Café’s, parents now have a place where they can come and meet other parents, share experiences and learn what resources are available to them. Parent Cafés are community conversations which are led by parents, attended by parents and just for parents. Some of the topics include how to overcome a difficult time, understanding your child’s development and expanding our social circle.
Imagine this…. a dad comes to a parent café and he’s sharing that he can’t find a job. He’s been out of work for a very long time. He’s applied at many locations, but no luck. Fortunately, there’s another parent in the room who works for a small company in Cleveland and they were looking to hire another person. The two parents connect and the dad had a new job.
These kinds of connections may not always happen, but opportunity to meet others and share information is the success of the parent café and keeps parents coming back.
For more information or to attend an upcoming Parent Café, contact Jocelyn Smith at (440) 242-0413 x 229.
You know that if you work in a Step Up to Quality rated program you have to complete 20 hours of Ohio Approved training every biennium (every 2 years). But, did you know you are also required to complete 6 hours of Professional Development each year?
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) revised licensing rules in December 2016. That included a change that all staff except substitute staff members must complete a minimum of 6 hours of Professional Development training annually between July 1 and June 30. Professional Development training includes topics in:
· Child growth and development
· Family and community relations
· Daily planning, child observations, and assessments
· Career development
· Learning environment and experience
· Any Ohio Approved training
Note: The Health and Safety trainings, which are First Aid and CPR, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, and Communicable Disease Recognition and Management cannot be counted as professional development training.
So, even if you were a ‘go-getter’ and completed all 20 hours for Step Up to Quality in 1 year, that doesn’t mean you are done with training for all of the next year. You still have to maintain the 6 hours training requirement for ODJFS licensing.
Have you heard about Power Ohio?
Earn Rewards for going to school or geting your CDA
Juggling the training requirements for licensing, Step Up to Quality, and other programs can be a task. One way to make sure you are meeting all your training hours and being efficient with your time and resources is to plan it out.
The Child Care Resource Center can help you. We can discuss the topics you need or want, the deadlines, and even your expiration dates for health and safety. You can then walk away with a plan on the best way to schedule your hours.
Contact LouAnn Rhodes at (440) 242-0413 ext. 237 or email@example.com.
It is an accomplishment every time you make a commitment to further your education. Now you can get paid for it!
Family child care providers, teachers, directors, and owners can earn from $300 to $12,800 for being enrolled in a Child Development Associate (CDA) program or an Associate’s Degree (AA) program as you complete courses. POWER Ohio helps you stay with your current early childhood program or family child care home.
Eligibility for the program is:
· Be an Assistant teacher earning $14.00 an hour or less, lead teacher earning $16.00 an hour or less, or a family child care provider or administrator earning $18.00 an hour or less,
· Work at least 20 hours each week with children birth to 5 years of age, and
· Work in a non-SUTQ rated licensed program or family child care home serving at least 50% publicly funded children
The Child Care Resource Center staff can provide links to additional information and the application process Visit www.occrra.org/wd or call LouAnn Rhodes at (440) 242-0413 ext. 237.
I finished my 20 hours of training... so i'm done right?
Curriculum & Planning
Screening & Assessment
For additional information about Step Up To Quality, please contact:
Step Up To Quality Coordinator
(440) 242-0413 ext. 226
High Quality Learning and
High Quality Learning and Development happens in the classroom – Lead teachers and assistant teachers work together to implement the curriculum, align the activities with ELDS, plan intentional and individualized activities which encourages engagement, exploration and learning. This is accomplished through developmental screenings, referrals if needed, and on-going assessments. Building a partnership with parents by helping them understand the assessment process used, and contribute to their child’s education plan. A classroom self-assessment to evaluate the interactions between the teachers/children, children/children and the children/environment is completed. This classroom self-assessment also evaluates how the environment supports the child’s development through a well-structured learning environment and positive interactions. Using the results of the self-assessment, the teachers develop a goal with action steps to improve the environment for the children.
Implementation of the curriculum
Alignment of the curriculum with the ELDS
Intentional and individualized activities
Engagement, exploration and learning
Developmental Screenings upon enrollment and anually thereafter
Referrals within 90 days of identification
Sharing assessment information with families
Families contribute to their child's education plan
Completing a Classroom Self-Assessment
Develop a goal and action steps based on results of self-assessment
Document progress on action steps and readjust goal if needed
Interactions & Environment
Did you know we have a new position at the Child Care Resource Center? I am very excited to serve as your Director of Program Innovation. What is innovation and how can I support you and your program?
1. I want to hear your ideas so we can learn how to better serve your program.
2. I plan to listen so I understand what you are needing so we can plan for training, support and resources that will best meet your needs.
3. I will help you develop processes that make your life easier. Work smarter not harder!
4. I will help you brainstorm strategies to set goals, and find resources that support your program in achieving your goals.
5. I will help you find solutions to your problems so you can move forward and not become burdened by the same problems over and over.
The television, internet, light bulb, and car are all examples of someone willing to move beyond what was expected.
The best ideas are generated by truly listening to hear new ideas and apply them to our work.
I cannot do this alone I need to hear from you! What is your next idea for trainings, conferences, business, step up to quality, infants, toddlers, preschool, school-age, parent engagement etc.? Please contact me today so I can hear how we can best support your business.
Invite me to attend a staff meeting or a community meeting that you attend. I need to hear your ideas and feedback to be able to best support your program.
Together we are supporting the next generation of learners, teachers and parents let’s not do this alone.
Contact Delisa Nelson at 440.242.0413 ext. 245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to connecting with you!
The CCRC's Annual Provider Event Registration is now open!
This years theme is a "Bond" theme Casino Royale. You can check out the details for the event on the CCRC website under CCRC Services tab . You can also find information on the CCRC's Facebook page.
If you register before 12/22/2018 you will save $10 a ticket. The ticket could be the PERFECT gift for your staff, the families you serve (to celebrate your program), or for you and your family.
Don't wait! Buy your tickets TODAY!
new training catalog!
The CCRC is moving to a 6 month training catalog with an all new look!
Be sure to be on the lookout for the new design of the January – June Training Catalog. With the all-new design, we would love to include specific trainings that you need! We want to hear your training needs. If you have a specific training request, know of a location that would be perfect for a training, or if there is a time of day that works best for you and/or your staff to attend trainings please contact me today! I would love to hear this information so the upcoming professional development catalog will meet your program needs.
You can share your ideas with me in 3 easy ways:
1. Contact Alyssa Gatliff directly at 440.242.0413 ext. 235.
2. Email me at email@example.com
3. Complete the formon the CCRC website http://ccrcinc.com/training/ccrc-training-request-form.html
I look forward to hearing from you!
CCRC Training Request Form
Center/Provider Name: _________________________ Contact Name: ___________________
Phone Number: __________________________ Email: _________________________________
Best time to contact you: ____ AM ____ Noon ____ Afternoon ____ PM
Training topic(s) you are looking for: _____________________________________________________________________________
Dates that will work for you: ______________________________________________________
Times that will work for you: ______________________________________________________
Would you like your location to be considered for the training location? ____ Y ____ N
If not, do you have other training location suggestions? If so where? _____________________________________________________________________________
Questions or Comments? ________________________________________________________
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medina, Summit, stark, lucas, ottawa, western cuyohoga counties & more
Sanaa means a ‘work of art’ in Swahili and in Africa food and cooking is considered an art! You can take your children on a cultural food art experience with standardized recipes from the USDA. Recipes include portions for family childcare size of (6) servings or center serving size of (25) or (50) servings. Take a tasty trip with these recipes from Central/S. America, North America, Africa, Europe and Asia/Pacific Islands. Each standardized recipe contains CACFP crediting information.
The CCRC’s CACFP Food List contains a diverse choice of foods including guava, bitter melon, chayote, walleye, perch, jicama, collard greens, bamboo shoots, ugli fruit, tofu, bacalao, lentils, naan bread and much more. Plus, many food items are name-brand Whole Grain Rich choices to diversify your menus. For information on the CCRC’s Food Program, call Terri Sluss-Cole at 440/242-0413 x230.
Enjoy your nutritious trip around the world with these recipes: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp-recipes
Post your stories and recipe success pictures of this journey on the CCRC’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChildCareResourceCenter or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may recognize you!
The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) is a sponsor of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) with OVER 20 years of experience!! The CCRC’s Food Program Sponsorship extends beyond the counties we service as an R&R, being able to service licensed childcare programs in all of Northern Ohio, from Indiana to Pennsylvania!
The Food Program reimburses providers for the meals/snacks they serve to the children enrolled in their childcare! Let us help your childcare program with your grocery bills/food costs!
The CCRC is celebrating our thirtieth anniversary as a Resource & Referral Agency! The CCRC’s Food Program has been in existence for over 25 years, one of the longest active CACFP programs in the nation! Our Family Childcare CACFP Providers receive an average reimbursement of $524.00/month. The CCRC’s CACFP Team works diligently with our programs offering technical assistance in menu planning, software guidance, data collection, records and more to ensure the fullest reimbursement for our programs! Coaching & Mentoring are our model, not Corrective Action! Continuous and PROVISIONAL programs may join our CACFP!
We are ONE STOP because as a Resource & Referral Agency, we can provide you with trainings, business services (ASQ for example), SUTQ (Step-Up-To-Quality) Cohorts/Preparation, Food Program and parent referrals. Providers that are out of the R&R’s immediate service area are connected with our sister R&Rs in your area. We are the ONLY Resource & Referral Agency that is a Food Program Sponsor in your area and with over 20 years of experience in the program and staff with 20+ years of food program knowledge!
We are passionate about the Food Program, and it’s benefits for the children and providers! We would LOVE to speak directly with you! If you are currently working with another food program, thank you for giving the children in your program a healthy & nutritious start in their early lives. We’re excited to share more detailed information on the CCRC’s CACFP, our philosophy/services and the many benefits the food program has for your business and most importantly, the children you serve. Let us take the administrative burden of Food Program off of you, while reimbursing you money for the food you are feeding the children daily in your care!
These programs serve over 980 children every day, making a total of 1685 children served healthy meals and snacks on our center CACFP. If you are interested in being part of our CACFP community and earning a monthly average reimbursement of approximately $1723 for serving healthy meals and snacks, contact the CCRC today to get started.
Call Martha Deavers at 440 242 0413 ext 227 or email email@example.com.
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Little People's Palace
Rising Stars Academy
Garfield Heights OH
University of Toledo Child Care Center
Willard Child Development Center
It seems like the months of October – February are one long season of celebrations and special events, beginning with Halloween and ending with Valentine’s Day. Add in a few birthdays and suddenly there’s a party in your classroom every day. As a program participating in CACFP, how do you balance program requirements with all the treats and goodies that seem to be everywhere?
Start by rethinking how holidays and other special days are celebrated in your program. Food is often the centerpiece of these occasions but it may be much more meaningful to shift the emphasis to why the day is important and what exactly is being celebrated. For example, think about making the child, not the party, the focus of his or her birthday – perhaps they can choose the book for story time, lead a special birthday march around the building or ring a birthday bell/blow a birthday whistle. Cake and any other treats could be packaged individually and sent home to enjoy outside of program hours.
Consider celebrating with creditable foods. USDA has an entire cookbook devoted to special occasions, holidays and international foods. All of these recipes are CACFP approved and scalable to meet the quantities you need. Visit :
'Tis the Season - Celebrating Special Holidays and Events in CACFP
ccrc cacfp for centers is growing
Since March of 2018 CCRC for Centers had added 9 new programs to our fast growing community. A warm welcome to:
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CCRC’s ASQ: 3 Online Can Help You Receive a 3 Star Rating!
1. One-time startup Kit fee - $271.20 this is the cost of the kit including shipping.
· This kit includes – 1 paper copy of each of the 21 age appropriate questionnaires
· CD with all 21 age-appropriate questionnaires and other supporting documents
· Key Code for on line subscription
Other tools also available, but not included with this price are – ASQ:SE, Spanish, Learning Activities
2. Annual On line subscription fee - $200.00 – which is billed at time of sign-up and annually thereafter in September
· Annual access to the online tool
· Center level set up that includes:
o Email link for parents
3. What are other pieces that must be set up to make the tool “theirs”?
· Initial onsite technical training on “how to use” for all staff who will be working with the system
-Continued technical support from the CCRC. You can call and get assistance directly from the CCRC.
· Quarterly newsletters loaded with practical ideas for success, parent engagement ideas, and classroom strategies to impact the child’s success
4. Quarterly usage billing $.50 per screening
· Paper invoice sent October, January, April and June based on your programs usage.
Sharon Harmon, SUTQ Coordinator
440-242-0413 ext. 226