CCR&R children

Special Initiatives

The Council provides management support for three statewide service projects funded by DCDEE: The Infant Toddler Enhancement Project; The School Age Quality Improvement Project; and Promoting Healthy Social Behaviors in Child Care Settings.   

The 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 specialists, an education manager, and the project manager, ensuring that all 14 regions have access to the Infant Toddler Enhancement Project’s services.  Click HERE to download the brochure and click HERE to see a list of trainings and workshops.

The Infant Toddler Enhancement  Project is managed by Child Care Services Association.

The School Age Child Care Quality Improvement Program

The School Age Quality Improvement Program 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 program provides professional development training to school age providers across the state through its online services. The project team consists of a Statewide School Age Program Coordinator and Statewide Professional Development Consultant, ensuring that all 14 regions have access to the School Age Quality Improvement Program’s services. 

The School Age Child Care Quality Improvement Program 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 specialists, 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.

 Family Child Care Home Project

The Family Child Care Home Project was established in 2019 to contact family child care home providers, CCR&R and Smart Start agency staff and community stakeholders to gather data and create a report that provides a realistic picture of the current state of FCCHs in North Carolina. Prior to the Pandemic, the manager traveled to meet providers at their respective FCCH Association/Quarterly meetings to get feedback on their experiences as providers. The manager spokie with current and former parents who have chosen FCCHs and is continuing these conversations in FY21.  The FCCH Project Manager has also spoken with consultants and lead agencies that work directly with FCCHs.  These conversations will continue virtually and a survey has been created that asks some of the same questions (the survey will be distributed at a later date). 

Family Child Care Homes and others may contact the manager directly at Southwestern Child Development Commission at www.swcdcinc.org and click on the FCCH Project tab. Encouraging and helpful resources specifically designed for FCCHs may be found on the Southwestern Child Development Commission website at www.swcdcinc.org/resources-for-fcchs.

To connect with the FCCH Project go to www.swcdcinc.org and click on the FCCH Project tab.

The Family Child Care Home Project is managed by Southwestern Child Development Commission.