Providing a roadmap to in-home child care providers
What is the FCCN-KY
The FCCN-KY has regional offices with specialists who are there specifically to help potential providers understand the processes, recruit in-home providers, offer training and technical assistance and provide on-going support to regulated in-home providers. In addition, the regional offices will build relationships and connections among in-home providers in the area and across the state.
We help ensure that in-home family child care providers have the support they need to be successful business owners and provide a safe and healthy environment for young children to play and learn to get the early foundation they need to be successful in school and in life.
History of FCCN
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services launched an initiative to increase access to high-quality family child care homes for infants and toddlers. The launch of this network is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of many Kentuckians to support strong early childhood development and child care as an important workforce support for a thriving Kentucky.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care contracted with Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the Training and Technical Assistance Services Department (T/TAS) in Bowling Green KY, to support in-home family child care providers of young children across the state.
This newly established network was designed to ensure that in-home family child care providers have the support they need to be successful business owners, and provide a safe and healthy environment for young children to play and learn to get the early foundation they need to be successful in school and in life.
This new network, dedicated to the recruitment of new in-home family child care providers and supporting our existing in-home family child care providers comes at a prime time to help rebuild the state’s child care system. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky lost approximately 10% of its regulated child care providers which poses another issue to our workforce when families do not have safe care for their children so they can go to work.
Family Child Care Specialists
The Family Child Care Network of Kentucky is comprised of an experienced and devoted group of Family Child Care Specialists who have been selected to visit and work with providers in their home (place of business). The Specialists will be there to support the provider and offer one-on-one technical assistance. The support offered varies from home to home and it is all individualized for each provider.
Some of the many services the Specialists will offer include:
Recruiting new providers and extensive assistance to become regulated.
Educational support including curriculum planning, learning environment, lesson planning, and family engagement planning.
Guidance with health/safety issues.
Assistance with all business and record-keeping practices.
Linking providers to community resources and supports.
Providing professional development/training sessions created specifically for family child care providers.
Connecting providers with helpful resources.
Conducting training and other networking activities between family child care providers.