Family Child Care Coaches & Partnering with First 5 San Bernardino

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Human Services (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

San Bernardino County’s communities need childcare opportunities from many sources. Preschool Services provides Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, which are childcare family homes and businesses that are established in the community who need support to maintain a quality program. Education and training are not easily accessible to the family home childcare provider and the need for a quality education program for children 0-3 is vital for school readiness. Childcare providers often lack the access to essential resources to expand their program to provide comprehensive education, social and emotional development, health, nutrition, and cognitive development services. First 5 San Bernardino is a program that funds services for children 0-5 years. First 5 San Bernardino partnered with Preschool Services and the Child Care Resource Center to provide coaching, training, education, monitoring, and support to childcare family homes and business in low-income communities. Three coaches are assigned to childcare providers within the program. These coaches provide; training which can result in college units; coaching to learn how to care for children with challenging behaviors and improve teaching skills; monitoring to track improvements in the childcare environment, improve interactions between teachers and children, and quantify the learning environment and abilities of the childcare provider.

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