BENEFITS OF JCCCA MEMBERSHIP
Professionalism – JCCCA helps enhance and promote professionalism among home child care providers. Together we have a stronger voice in child care matters locally (licensing) and at the state and national levels. Professionalism is enhanced and promoted through collaboration efforts with other child care advocacy groups such as: The Colorado Association of Family Child Care (CAFCC), The National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC), The National, Colorado and Metro Denver Resource and Referral, Qualistar, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, Family Resources and Child Care Education including the Triad Early Childhood Council, Colorado Children’s Campaign, Red Rocks Community College, Child Care Workforce, and the Colorado Department of Education. JCCCA collaborates with CAFCC by hiring a lobbyist to represent child care providers and child care issues with legislators to support higher quality childcare within the State of Colorado. Members testify to legislators whenever needed to support issues that make Colorado a better place for children.
Training Opportunities –
- Association Meeting/trainings – 1.5 Hours of training each month at Association meetings – 15+ hours annually. The training/ seminars provide recertification credits for the required licensing courses. Quality speakers are invited to speak.
- Tour of Homes – Sponsored by JCCCA gives providers the opportunity of visiting other child care providers’ homes to get ideas for program setup both indoors and outdoors. 5 hours Recertification credits awarded for this tour.
- Craft Extravaganza – The November Association meeting is such a great time for providers to share their project and craft ideas with each other. Providers bring their ideas and materials for everyone to make a sample to take home. Craft Packets are provided with instructions. 2 hours recertification credits given
- “WHAT IT TAKES! Conference – This annual conference is held annually the first Saturday in March. It is a full day program featuring high quality keynotes and speakers- well known speakers teaching all of the U.S. Providers can network with child care providers (centers, home providers, preschools programs) all over the metro Denver area and surrounding counties.
Referral Service – This is a free service to connect parents looking for child care with licensed family home provider members in Jefferson County with openings. We have Referral Providers for each zip code that talk to parents personally by phone to give them a list of people with openings that they can interview. In addition, we also have an e-Referral Service where families can go our website to view Bios of the providers talking about their programs. Providers write about their programs to be voluntarily submitted to the e-Referral Service. A great program!
The ‘Open Door’ Newsletter – JCCCA’s newsletter is a wonderful tool for providers to use as a resource in their child care business. It contains pertinent articles, craft ideas, upcoming events, book corner, monthly activity and curriculum calendar, and much more for members’ use. This is just a ‘must have’ for family home child care providers.
Provider Times – This fabulous online communication tool enables our members to constant contact with current information and valuable resources. As JCCCA receives information we are able to relay it quickly to our members. Our bi-monthly newsletter is sent out to members through this online service.
Support System/Mentoring – Camaraderie among the members and new friendships, among the peers that work in the same profession; they totally understand; sounding board to express concerns and or thoughts. JCCCA has lots of resources to offer support to all members. Recognition of quality care and active participation is an important part of what JCCCA does.
“LET’S READ TOGETHER” Reading Program – is a reading program designed for providers and parents to spend time reading with their children to support love for reading and learning. Providers track reading time with children in child care as well as time reading at home with parents. Great Program to encourage life-long readers. Awards are given to all kids and their programs for participation.