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 enriching 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, which 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 Improvement Project is now available: Check it out here.
Meet a Provider
Jennifer and Emma

When Mirnia enrolled in our Latina Network 2 1/2 years ago, she had just 2-3 children in her care. Her CCIP Coordinator could see that Mirnia was eager to grow her business and improve her child care operations. Mirnia did extensive professional development through CCIP, and other resources.  She flourished, working toward her goal of expanding her business and becoming licensed by the state.  In addition, Mirnia took classes to serve children with special needs. She has hired 3 employees and is offering after school care. With her vastly improved English skills, her program is now bilingual. She is also serving as a mentor to the other providers in her group, encouraging them to pursue licensure, too.