Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County is in its seventh month of our Child Care Initiative (CCI) Grant funded by the Portland’s Children Levy. We currently have 16 enrolled child care programs and add more each week. CCI is a subsidy program designed to help ensure that families living within Portland’s city limits pay no more than 10-15% of their income on child care expenses. Their child care program must also be in Portland’s city limits.
Families making up to 185% of the poverty level qualify for additional support above and beyond the ERDC payment to help cover co-payments and tuition not covered by Employment Related Day Care (ERDC), ensuring that no more than 10% of their income is spent on child care. Additionally, families from 185% up to 200%of poverty can qualify for support. They pay no more than 15 percent of their income. Qualifying child care programs must have very limited compliance issues and be participating in Oregon’s QRIS (Quality Rating Improvement System) while continuing to work on quality improvements. Our goal is to assist approximately 100 families!
Since July 2015, we have been able to offer twenty-eight new set 2 trainings. Of these trainings, 14 were offered in English, 8 in Spanish, and 6 in Russian. We are offering 4 additional new set 2 trainings in Spanish this quarter. We continue to recruit new diverse trainers and continue to work with existing trainers and professionals to ensure all of our child care communities have access to the training they need to actively move up on the Oregon Registry and participate in Oregon’s QRIS.
Provider Appreciation Day!
We are in the planning stages of our annual Provider Appreciation Day happening on May 21st this year. Every year, CCRR-Multnomah County offers a full day Saturday event with multiple training sessions offered to the early learning community in 5 different languages. There will be multiple sessions offered in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese. This year our theme is “STEAM.” With our sponsorship from the Portland Children’s Levy and partnership with Multnomah County library, we will be giving each participant children’s books in their preferred language to use in their program when conducting STEAM activities with children. We are looking forward to another successful event!
On the horizon, our early childhood education consultants are partnering with Community Action’s Child Care Resource and Referral in Washington and Columbia Counties to develop a 20+ hour set 3 training based on Carol Garhart Mooney’s book, Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky. We hope this will training will assist programs as they develop their own philosophies, curriculum and policies.