What is Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)?
“CCR&R” stands for “child care resource and referral” and most communities have an agency that provides CCR&R services. In the broadest sense, the field of community-based CCR&R defines its mission as “doing whatever it takes to make child care work for families and communities” from within the community served. The specific services that each CCR&R offers as it pursues this mission are determined by community needs and by the kinds of structures and activities that local leaders and planners envision and develop.
NC Child Care Resource & Referral Council
The NC Child Care Resource & Referral Council funds core service delivery in all of the fourteen CCR&R regions throughout North Carolina. Child Care Resources Inc. is the Management Agency for contracted core services, monitoring and service delivery in Regions 2, 6, 7, 9 & 13; Child Care Services Association for Regions 1, 3, 4, 12 & 14; and, Southwestern Child Development Commission for Regions 5, 8, 10 & 11. Within each of the fourteen regions, one CCR&R agency is identified as the Regional Lead Agency. The Regional Lead Agency is accountable to the CCR&R Council and is responsible for developing strategies to address and successfully meet council established regional/county Core Service goals and outcomes. The North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Core Services Project ensures that the key elements of Core Services including: 1) consumer education and referral, 2) professional development and training, 3) technical assistance, 4) data collection, evaluation and analysis and 5) public awareness, are available in all counties of the state.
Core CCR&R Services
Region 9 CCR&R coordinates consumer education, professional development, technical assistance, data collections and public awareness for Region 9 (Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey Counties). Contact Stephanie Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org Region 9 Resource and Referral is housed within the Iredell County Partnership for Young Children.
The North Carolina Resource and Referral Council also provides statewide project management to the following initiatives:
School-Age Child Care Quality Improvement Project
The School Age Quality Improvement Project was established to improve the quality and availability of school age care by increasing the number of licensed programs and by increasing the number of programs that voluntarily operate with a higher star rated license. The project team consists of regional & education specialists and the project manager, ensuring that all 14 regions have access to the School Age Quality Improvement Project’s services.
The School Age Child Care Quality Improvement project is managed by Southwestern Child Development Commission.
Promoting Healthy Social Behaviors in Child Care Settings
The Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative was established to address behavioral issues in young children by offering services designed to identify, prevent and modify challenging behaviors with a goal of reducing the expulsion rate and promoting social-emotional development of all children in NC licensed child care centers. The Project team consists of regional & education specialists and the project manager, ensuring that all 14 regions have access to the Healthy Social Behavior Initiative’s services. Child Care Resources Inc. (CCRI) provides overall project management for this initiative.
The Promoting Healthy Social Behaviors in Child Care Settings project is managed by Child Care Resources Inc.
Infant Toddler Enhancement Project
The Infant Toddler Enhancement Project was established to improve the quality and availability of infant/toddler care in North Carolina through providing services statewide including technical assistance for child care programs and other community consultants and training specific to infant and toddler care best practices. The Project team consists of regional & education specialists and the project manager, ensuring that all 14 regions have access to the Infant Toddler Enhancement Project’s services.
The Infant Toddler Enhancement project is managed by Child Care Services Association.