Child Care Improvement Project (CCIP)

CCIP Provider

"I don’t feel alone, not so isolated... This has been important for me to get support, in the group and outside of the group."

The Child Care Improvement Project (CCIP) works to enhance the knowledge and skills of registered family child care providers. The project's goals are to improve the quality of family child care, improve the profitability of these small businesses, and increase low-income families' economic stability and access to affordable, quality child care.

Providers participate by attending monthly training and meetings, receiving regular home visits, providing yearly customer satisfaction surveys to enrolled families, and participating in a yearly observation using the Family Day Care Rating Scale to assess their child care environment and practices.

Benefits of the CCIP for Child Care Providers:

  • Education Grant: Supports providers’ professional development. Courses must deal with topics that will improve the participant’s skills and abilities to offer quality child care and operate a successful business. Examples of classes may include Early Childhood Education (ECE), English, foreign language, and business. Providers may be reimbursed up to $500 for tuition, books, supplies, child care, and transportation.
  • Financial Assistance for Parents: Emergency subsidies are available to help parents pay for child care when an emergency occurs in their family. These subsidies help provide financial stability to the provider and continuity of care for the child. (Dependent on funding situation.)
  • Peer Support:  Learn from other providers about their experiences and share ideas, resources, successes, and challenges. Support each other in your professional development.
  • Resource Grants*: Depending on available funding, providers will receive a grant ranging from $200 to $300 to use towards child care-related materials; examples may include child care liability insurance, safety or play equipment, and business or curriculum materials.
  • Lending Libraries: Some networks have access to books on child development, children's activities, curriculum planning, and operating a child care business. Libraries also include activity kits, prop boxes, and musical instruments and tapes.
  • Leadership Opportunities: Providers are encouraged to participate in the planning of future CCIP activities or train as Master Trainers.

Child care providers participating in the CCIP are located in the following neighborhoods:

  • North and Northeast Portland.
  • Southeast Portland.

The CCIP also includes culturally specific networks for providers who speak Russian, Spanish, or Somali.

If you are interested in being a part of the CCIP or have any other questions about the program, please call (503) 246-1663 ext. 4001 or email