Childcare services relates to the MAP initiative 1: Linking Learning, Health and Prosperity Typically, child-care services operate during normal business hours. This is not convenient for parents who work non-conventional hours. This initiative will focus on designating certain churches in the Thomas Park/Avondale neighborhood that could provide affordable child-care services for parents who work unconventional work hours.
The concern for child-care services arose in the first TPA meeting by a young family. They raised the issue that there is a lack of child-care services within the area. Upon further elaboration, they noted that there are several families who work unconventional work hours in the neighborhood and it was difficult to find child care services went beyond the normal 6am to 6pm hours. Hiring an at home baby-sitter is an option, but that service is expensive. A cost-effective alternative is for one or two local churches in the Neighborhoods to provide child care service from 4pm to evening. Churches are the best setting because there are several resources and funding that make it possible and easy for churches to provide child care services that cost little to nothing for parents. Below are steps listed on how the church can set up a child care center and receive funding.
Child Care is important in every setting. TPA is not an exception. As was mentioned above, there are several families who work unconventional hours and an at home baby sitter may not be suitable to their budgets. Creating a safe and affordable child-care center is important for families in this area. It gives the children a safe place to be cared for while the parent’s minds and wallets can rest at ease.
The first step is to locate suitable churches within the neighborhood (marked on the location map below). Research should be done to find out which churches have the room and volunteers willing to host a daycare center. That means a relationship between the church personnel and the leader of this initiative must be consistent to get the ball rolling. Once an agreement has been established between the church and the initiative leader, the church must fulfill specific requirements in order to become a certified childcare center. After they have established the requirements, then the church must seek funding. There are plenty of resources for church funding and in order to receive these resources the church must become Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) certified (links on how to get certified and funding are provided in the resource section below). Once certified, the church can receive funding for staff and services through a voucher service. Once the staff is hired, then they need to set up a meal plan and find vouchers for food. Meanwhile, the staff should prepare a space to host the childcare center. After these steps are finished then the child-care center will be ready to open. All that needs to be done after that is to advertise to the neighborhood through congregations and community meetings of the available child care service.
As of right now, there are not enough contacts made within the community that can be assured this responsibility so a committee should be formed to seek out suitable churches that are willing to open up a child-care center. This initiative is also designed as a resource for selected churches to use as a guide in order to become a working child-care center.
A map is available to show where the churches (as well as existing daycares) are located within the neighborhood. Any church has the potential to be suitable. It is up to the community to decide what churches are the most suitable.
Case Study One: Day Care Centers Adapt to Round the Clock Demands
This article discusses the rise of round the clock day care demands because more and more parents are working non-conventional work hours. The article explains the feasibility for these kind of day care services to operate and how cost effective they are for parents.
Essentially the same discussion as the article above, but this article creates a narrative on the life of a single mother working as a waitress. The article talks about a particular day care service that is cost effective for the parents.
Funding is available through the state through a voucher program. The vouchers can be given to individual families, but can also be given to churches. As mentioned above, the church first needs to become CCDF certified. Then the Church needs to apply for meal assistance. Below is the necessary contact information to receive funding within Delaware County
Region 2B Children’s Bureau, Inc.
Checklist and Requirements for funding:
Meal plan requirements and funding: