CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
Why join JCCCA?
As caregivers, we meet each day (every morning) with huge expectations. Every day is a brand new opportunity to spend time with the children, give them some fun opportunities, help them learn and grow, and most importantly let them know that someone thinks they are wonderful. Oh my! I love the challenges! Some days are easy and other days are just plain hard.
We need inspiration and support every day. It is my hope that JCCCA can be the kind of support system we need. I know, personally, the friendships I have from JCCCA have meant so much to me. I know that I can call a number of people for advice, mentoring or just for a good strong ear that will listen. The wonderful thing about this support group is that the people all get what you are going through. They understand better than anyone else. We invite you to join us!
Burn brightly but Don’t Burn Out!
Marilyn Dean, JCCCA President
Who we are
The Jefferson County Child Care Association (JCCCA) is a non-profit organization formed by and for Licensed Child Care Professionals to support and enhance their business, the children in their care, the community, and themselves. Our Mission is to:
Enhance and promote professionalism
Promote a continuing education source to encourage quality and longevity
Act as a liaison between providers and the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Division of Early Care and Learning
Have a voice in the Child Care Rules and Regulations at both the state and county levels
Affect pertinent legislation at both the state and national levels
Qualify for group rates for Family Child Care Liability and personal health insurance (CAFCC)
Work with the community on issues concerning the health, safety, and education of children
JCCCA is an affiliate of the Colorado Association of Family Child Care (CAFCC)
JCCCA is a strong advocate of the Child Care Food Programs
Benefits of Membership
Professionalism – JCCCA helps enhance and promote professionalism among family child care home 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, 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.
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 family child care providers’ homes to get ideas for program setup both indoors and outdoors. 5 hours Recertification credits are awarded for this tour.
Craft Extravaganza – The November Association meeting is 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 conference is held annually the first Saturday in March. It is a full day program featuring high quality keynotes and speakers. These well known speakers teach providers all over the U.S., and 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 child care home provider members in Jefferson County with openings. We have Referral Providers for each zip code that talk to parents personally by phone, and give them a list of people with openings that they can interview. In addition, we also have an e-Referral Service where families can find providers near them and read their bios. 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 family child care home business. It contains pertinent articles, craft ideas, upcoming events, book corner, curriculum and activity ideas, and much more for members’ use. This is just a ‘must have’ for family child care home providers.
Provider Times – This fabulous online communication tool enables our members to be in 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 among peers is one the greatest benefits. People that work in the same profession totally understand, and can be a great 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 or caregivers. It's a great program to encourage life-long readers. Awards are given to all kids and their programs for participation.