EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

Whether you’re a child care center, preschool,head start, universal pre-kindergarten program, family child care home or nanny agency, you’ll want to be listed with Starting Point and take advantage of the many services and programs we offer to help your program grow and be recognized--like free referrals, marketing and updates on important early childhood developments.


TRAINING AND EDUCATION

We have training classes, workshops and educational options for administrators, teachers and staff—in topics like the business of child care, child development, first aid, age-appropriate practices, gentle teaching, communicable diseases, building relationships with families and much more. To register for classes, you and your staff need to register for an OPIN number at the Ohio Professional Development Network site at www.opdn.org and click on Create a Profile. You’ll find listings of classes online at the same www.opdn.org site under PD Track—or on the online Starting Point Training Calendar. Early education programs can list and update their program information using the forms provided below.

CREDENTIALS AND COLLEGE

We’ll help your staff earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which shows they’re well qualified for their jobs. Starting Point’s CDA Preparation Program offers the specialized training, support and resources they need. ,Contact Gail Nelson. There is even a program where they can earn an Associate of Bachelor’s degree through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood©OHIO, which makes college affordable and reduces turnover. Find out more from T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®OHIO-- atteach.occrra.org/index.php?pid=20

QUALITY RATINGS

There are many ways you can enhance the quality of your program and get the recognition for the excellence of your program, a key factor in attracting the interest of families with young children. Starting Point will take you through the steps you need to achieve quality recognition in all of the following programs:

• Step Up To Quality (SUTQ).

Step Up To Quality is Ohio's voluntary quality rating system for ODJFS licensed child care programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above Ohio's licensing standards. SUTQ awards Stars to programs that meet the appropriate benchmarks. Find out more by contacting gloria.anderson@starting–point.org Or log onto jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/stepUPQuality.stm.

• NAEYC, NAFCC Accreditation

An accredited child care center or family child care home measures up to national standards of quality established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or the National Association of Family Child Care Homes (NAFCC). For more information, log onto www.naeyc.org/accreditation for centers or nafcc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=376 for family child care home providers.


• Care for Kids, Care for Kids Gold Seal Homes

This Starting Point program recruits, certifies, trains and consults with family child care home providers to enhance quality. Providers who meet training requirements receive Care for Kids certificates; those who achieve high quality standards are designated Care for Kids Gold Seal Homes. For information, e-mail beverly.williams@starting-point.org. This program is part of Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children.

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD CARE

Starting Point offers assistance to child care centers and family child care home providers who care for children with physical, developmental, health or behavioral problems. With help from a network of experts, we provide training, consultation, adaptive toys, equipment and facility alteration. Special Needs Child Care is part of Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children program. For information see the booklet Working with Special Needs Children or request a copy.

BOYS' PROJECT

Starting Point’s landmark Boys’ Project addresses the unique issues surrounding boys 3-6 years old, prompted by the disproportionate numbers of boys with social-emotional-behavior and learning challenges, particularly in the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Contact constance.walker@starting-point.org for training on managing boys effectively. The new Starting Point book, Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys an Early Childhood Setting is published by Gryphon House and available nationwide.

DEVEREUX EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT (DECA)

Using the DECA assessment tool, Starting Point works with early childhood programs to help young children become more resilient in the face of life’s challenges. We published the children’s book, and a parent/teacher companion to provide tools for promoting resilience in the classroom and the home. Order copies here. For DECA information, contact constance.walker@starting-point.org.
Call the Starting Point Parent Hot Line for information on these programs: 216.575.0061, 800.880.0971 (toll-free) or TTY 800.750.0750.