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.
  • ESL classes for child care providers. 
  • Accessible business and technical assistance and mentorship for underrepresented communities by improving the financial viability of the child care business and enhancing the quality of care provided.
Meet a Provider
Jennifer and Emma

When Ellen* enrolled in our network 2-1/2 years ago, she had just 2-3 children in her care. Through home visits, her CCIP coordinator encouraged her to grow her business, and Ellen was eager to do so. Ellen received professional development through CCIP, as well as school readiness training from the Clarendon Early Learning Center. With support, she flourished, and rapidly worked towards her goal of expanding her business and becoming licensed by the state. In addition, Ellen took classes to learn how to serve children with behavioral issues and special needs. She hired one additional employee, and now offers before- and after-school care. Her program serves bilingual children and focuses on outdoor learning, community walks, science, and gardening. Ellen regularly attends the local art studio and visits the library for story time to provide the children with enriched activities. As an advocate and mentor for other providers in her group, Ellen encourages her fellow child care providers to pursue licensure and improve their business, just like she did.

*Name changed at client's request.