2-1-1 Child Care Offers Free Training Resources for Early Care Professionals

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Child Care Best Practices, Training Are Only Three Digits Away

2-1-1 Child Care, a provider of free, multilingual referrals to child care, preschool and summer programs statewide, is pleased to offer complimentary training resources for early care professionals. The services are offered statewide and are designed to keep providers up-to-date on best practices.

Among the complimentary training programs offered are sessions on Care 4 Kids, Collecting Work Samples, Conflict Resolution, Embracing Diversity, Early Literacy, Guiding Infants and Toddlers, and Open Ended Art Activities, all of which can be offered right at a provider’s child care center. 2-1-1 Child Care also offers early care professionals information on Accreditation programs, First Aid/CPR and administration of medication courses as well as referrals to other workshops and trainings.

As a result of the economic climate, many adults who have lost their jobs are opening family day care homes, representing increased demand for training resources and support services. The number of family day care homes, which had been steadily decreasing during the past decade, increased 5% in 2009 alone.

“It is important for child care providers to stay up-to-date on best practices in child care,” said Sherri Sutera, senior vice president of child care services for 2-1-1. “Whether someone is opening a new family day care home or looking to enhance their child care center’s staff exposure to early care best practices, our free resources are only a phone call away.”

In addition to resources for early care professionals, 2-1-1 Child Care offers resources for parents statewide. By dialing 2-1-1 or visiting http://211childcare.org, parents can reach a team of child care referral specialists who will work with them to find a child care provider, preschool, camp program or nanny agency that will meet their specific needs. Provider referrals are provided at no charge and specialists are trained to match children and parents to programs that meet their needs as well as resources on selecting a quality program.

To obtain a schedule of upcoming child care provider training sessions, visit http://211childcare.org. For more information or to schedule a training session at your center, contact Valerie Grant at 860.571.6876.

About 2-1-1 Child Care:
Funded by the Department of Social Services, 2-1-1 Child Care is a free, multilingual resource that helps families across Connecticut find child care arrangements to best meet their needs. 2-1-1 Child Care offers access to Child Care Referral Specialists who educate parents about quality child care, technical assistance and resources for early care professionals, and data and statistical information on Connecticut’s early care system for early care stakeholders. 2-1-1 Child Care maintains current listings of licensed and licensed-exempt child care options throughout Connecticut. In 2008, 2-1-1 Child Care received almost 30,000 calls and over 70,000 web visits. To reach a Child Care Referral Specialist, call 2-1-1, or to learn more, visit http://211childcare.org.

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