Child Care Improvement Project (CCIP)

Child"The only thing that surpasses her flexibility is how organized and educational her program is."
- CCIP Parent
The Child Care Improvement Project (CCIP) is an innovative program that helps family child care providers enhance the quality of their child care programs and supports their professional development. CCIP accomplishes this by operating community-based networks for family (or in-home) child care providers, offering training and resources that both improve the quality of child care and increase the financial viability of the child care businesses.

Working families benefit from CCIP’s efforts to increase the availability of affordable, high-quality child care in our community. Children also benefit by being in the care of trained professionals who are committed to providing a safe, healthy and educationally enriched child care environment.

CCIP services include:

  • Regular training in quality early learning and business practices
  • Home visits
  • Quality assessments using the nationally-recognized “Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale” (FCCERS)
  • Child care environment improvement grants for providers
  • Professional development resources for providers
  • Family engagement activities that work to build a supportive relationship between providers and families
  • Parent subsidy resources provide financial assistance to CCIP families to cover child care costs in the event of an emergency or if parents are completing their education.
2012 Summary and Program Evaluations

The Eleventh Year Evaluation of The Child Care Improvemnet Project- check it out here
Meet a Provider
Jennifer and Emma

Adriana enrolled in the Latina Network 2 years ago. When she joined, she was operating a small program with just 2-3 children in her care. Her coordinator could see that Adriana was eager to grow her business, to increase her professional development and to improve her child care operations. She was introduced to various resources and the benefits of the CCIP.  She quickly flourished and started working toward her goals, completing her certification with the Child Care division and enrolling in community college to earn her ECE degree. She received a $1,500 scholarship from the John and Betty Gray Fund for her education. In addition, Adriana is improving her English skills and, as a result, is caring for more children from English-speaking families. She is also serving as a mentor to the other providers in her group – seeing Adriana make such positive strides has led to other providers in the group wanting to work toward certification also.