Child Care Resource Centers: Your Local Office

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Child Care Resource Centers (CCRCs) are located regionally statewide and staffed by Quality Care Consultants, Resource Specialists, and Child Care Health Consultants.

The role of CCRCs include:

  1. Offering direct services to child care providers to increase quality practices and connecting child care providers with opportunities in IdahoSTARS as well as with outside agencies for additional support
  2. Recruiting child care providers to participate in Idaho Child Care Program and other IdahoSTARS programs
  3. Offer education to parents about quality child care, its importance, and how it directly impacts individual families
  4. Increase the visibility and importance of quality child care

To Begin: Call the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588
and ask for your regional Child Care Resource Center.

Lending Library

Each IdahoSTARS Regional Office has a Lending Library available to all Child Care Providers. Items in the Lending Library are designed to support providers in their professional development and to enhance children’s learning in the child care setting.

Professional Development

Professional development books and videos cover a variety of topics including business management, health and safety, classroom curriculum, learning environments, creative expression, family engagement, and child development.

Classroom Learning Activities and Props

Individual items such as books, puzzles, blocks, manipulatives, and games as well as themed prop boxes are available. Themes may include Sand and Water Play, Transportation, Nature, Outdoor Play, Outer Space, Science, Dramatic Play, and Infant and Toddler Play.

Areas of Child Development

Many items in our library focus on one or more areas of child development including cognitive, social and emotional, speech and language, fine motor, and gross motor.

Lending Library Membership begins upon receipt of the $20.00 annual membership fee and a signed Lending Library agreement. The fee entitles you to check out materials from the Lending Library on a regular basis during your membership year with the understanding that all materials be returned in a timely manner and in reasonably good condition.

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Coaching and Technical Assistance

Coaching and Technical Assistance through the IdahoSTARS Child Care Resource Centers are available one on one or in a group, live, and at a distance.

What your Regional Team can support you with:

Starting a Child Care Business

The child care field is full of dedicated and passionate individuals who make a difference in the lives of children and families every day. If you’re thinking of joining the field, we congratulate you!! We also want you to know that when you are opening a new child care program, we’re here to help your business get off on the right foot. Some important considerations:

  • Is the Child Care business the right one for me?
  • Finding a location that works well for child care, think about indoor and outdoor spaces that are safe and accessible
  • Learn about the licensing requirements for your child care business
  • Required background checks are important, find out where to get information on comprehensive background checks, including fingerprinting

Planning for Success

As with any business, starting out with a solid plan will help set you up for success. Before beginning your child care business, consider the following:

  • Preparing a Budget
  • Insurance for your Business
  • Marketing
  • Staffing Requirements
  • Policies and Procedures for staff and for families
  • Emergency Preparedness Planning

Quality Child Care Programs

As a child care professional who owns and operates a quality program, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children and families in your program. Providing quality care allows parents to work and businesses to operate. You and your staff will nurture children’s emotional, social, physical, and cognitive health and development. You will help children be prepared for school success and success in life. In addition, through your partnership with parents, you will help them to better understand and support their children’s development and education. Operating a quality child care program includes consideration of:

  • Planning your Indoor Space, your main concern should be the health and safety of the children in your care and take steps to prevent injuries and unsafe conditions. Also think about how your space will promote safe play and learning.
  • Planning your Outdoor Space, in addition to safety, consider whether the environment offers children a place for big body play, exploration, and fresh air.
  • Planning your Curriculum, allows you to offer experiences that help children learn about themselves and the world around them. You will want to focus on all areas of child development, which includes: cognitive, language and literacy, social, emotional, physical, cultural, and approaches to learning. Your curriculum will need to support children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English.
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice, often referred to as DAP, means that you will use your knowledge and understanding about child development to create a program that fits the ages and stages of development of your group of children while also considering the needs of each individual child.
  • Following the Nutrition guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for healthy meals and snacks.
  • Planning to build relationships with Families, families are a key element in all child care programs. Engaging families in program activities will help to build relationships and build trust. Families want a child care provider who they can trust.
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