05 Aug Kentucky Child Care Professionals Find Value, Savings in Free Resource Site
Innovative website gears up for back-to-school
August 6, Louisville, Ky – Since re-launching in February, approximately 1,632 local educators and child care directors have received access to KYSharedServices.org, a website by CCA For Social Good and Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) and sponsored by the Kosair Charities® Face It ®Movement, delivers practical resources, including information on child abuse prevention, for early childhood education directors, family care providers, and teachers. These numbers are a significant increase from the website’s initial reach of 5,580 children as the site has now reached over 8,160 children. The innovative website is preparing for its audience to expand even further by adding more resources and offerings during this back to school season.
“This early childhood knowledge hub is a virtual one-stop shop that contains every tool and resource a child care professional needs to provide high quality care,” stated Janet Masterson, executive director of Community Coordinated Child Care.
The website is designed to save child care professionals time, reduce costs, and improve quality. The site also acts as a clearinghouse for relevant information on topics such as food and nutrition, how to recognize and report child abuse, and federal regulations related to licensing. Features include an employee orientation toolkit, training materials on developmental milestones designed to assist in early detection and intervention, and updated information on the Infant Sleep Policy.
As one director explained it, the constantly updated KYSharedServices.org website is a tool that ensures she doesn’t have to waste time searching through page after page on internet search engines whenever she is faced with a new issue or is seeking an answer to a specific question.
Alissa Mwenelupembe, a local director, stated, “I think it’s important for directors to have access to templates and tools that can help streamline our jobs. There is rarely a need to ‘recreate the wheel’ in this business. Someone, somewhere is using a tool that you need. Kentucky Shared Services is a great resource for some of those pieces of information that if you spent time creating them from scratch could eat up your whole day.”
Kim Williams, another local director, put it this way, “Kentucky Shared Services has been a valuable asset to my program. I have used parent education materials from the site to engage my families, and have found useful information for many aspects of my program, from licensing information to regulations and postings for my facility. I am so very glad to have these resources in my arsenal!”
Through 4-C’s partnership with the Face It® Movement, all licensed child care providers in Jefferson County receive an annual subscription free of charge. Over 1,600 local educators and directors already benefit from KYSharedServices.org, and we know this year the reach will be much further. The site not only provides tools for educators but also on how providers can recognize and prevent child abuse while in turn educating parents as well. The Face It® Movement helps to provide these resources as part of their mission of ending abuse in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by 2023.
The site can be viewed by visiting KYSharedServices.org. Interested parties in Kentucky can receive access to the resources by filling out a New Member Request form.
For more information about KYSharedServices.org, please contact Robin Schotter (502) 618-5669.
For more information about the Face It® Movement please contact Erin Jones (502) 774-0767.
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About Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) is one of the oldest Child Care Resource and Referral agencies in the United States. Established in 1969 as part of a pilot program, the 4-C goal was, and continues to be, to develop a comprehensive approach to coordinating child care services in the local community. For over 45 years, 4-C has supported and enhanced child care and continues its tradition of supporting families by coordinating a vision of a high quality early childhood care system available to all children and families. For more information, visit our website www.4cforkids.org.
About the Face It® Movement: The Face It® Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, officially launched on April 9, 2013, as a 10-year initiative led by Kosair Charities; its vision is that by 2023 all children in Jefferson County will be free from abuse and neglect. Face It® directly addresses the increasingly unacceptable number of child abuse deaths in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas with best practices in child abuse prevention, community engagement and the promotion of effective policies to improve the child welfare system. For further information visit http://faceitabuse.org. Socially, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faceitabuse, Twitter: https://twitter.com/faceitabuse.