Auburn’s Family Child Care Partnerships program receives award from national organization

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Family Child Care Partnerships program, a part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University, has been recognized by the National Association of Family Child Care with a Friends of NAFCC Award.

The Auburn program received the award for its support of family child care providers through mentoring, training and connecting providers with other professional organizations and for its valued partnership with NAFCC in supporting provider accreditation.

The award was presented to the Family Child Care Partnerships’ executive and managing directors, Ellen Abell and Ellaine Miller, at the NAFCC annual conference. Abell is an Extension specialist and associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies, while Miller is an academic program assistant in the department.

“It’s challenging work to provide the quality of care young children need to grow and learn in healthy ways,” said Abell. “We appreciate the desire of the family child care providers in our program to strive to do this work well above and beyond what is required. We are proud of them and grateful for this recognition of FCCP’s ongoing efforts to support their professional development.”

The Family Child Care Partnerships program is externally funded through a competitive grant process by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Since 2000, it has worked with family child care providers to develop and apply their knowledge, encourage the use of available professional supports and resources and promote professional practices that foster the healthy growth and development of the infants, toddlers and preschoolers in their care.

In its 12 years of operation, FCCP trainers have mentored more than 630 licensed family child care providers and 450 of their assistants. These child care professionals have participated voluntarily in the program to increase the quality of care they provide. More than 100,000 training hours have been issued and 80 family child care providers have progressed beyond state-mandated minimum standards of care to achieve national-level accreditation.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

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