Starting Point works with public and private organizations, corporations, churches and school systems on a variety of issues aimed at improving all aspects of the child care and early education experience. Among the projects that have come out of community planning initiatives are the following:
A Starting Point program aimed at fostering quality in family child care homes. Recruits, certifies, trains and consults with family child care home providers to enhance quality. Awards Care for Kids certificates for training requirements; Seals of Excellence to providers who meet high quality standards. Care for Kids is part of the Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children.
Starting Point helps child care centers, family child care home providers and parents meet the special needs of children with physical, developmental, health or behavioral problems. With a network of experts, we offer training, consultation, adaptive toys, equipment and facility alteration assistance. Special Needs Child Care is part of Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children program.
Starting Point addresses the special needs of boys in early childhood settings through an innovative first-in-the-nation initiative--with pilot programs, workshops, training and educational materials for early childhood and UPK sites. The impact of this program reaches beyond Northeast Ohio with publication of the Starting Point book, Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in Early Childhood Settings by Gryphon House on October 1.
Starting Point's extensive data bank is a valuable aid to planning and programs. We pinpoint neighborhoods with child care shortages, income levels of parents seeking care, need for care and other statistics to efficiently plan region-wide child care services and programs. For our four county region, the information is a valuable source of information on young children and their families.
Starting Point's advocacy efforts on behalf of child care reach from our Northeast Ohio communities all the way to the White House. Initiatives include increasing funding and programming for child care and early education; ensuring child care for parents moving from welfare to work; stimulating key local, State and Federal legislation and developing new public and private early childhood approaches.
We offer higher education options, credentials and hundreds of training sessions to educate child care professionals to all aspects of child care effectiveness. Consumer initiatives include educating the public on the importance of quality child care, choosing quality care, helping children be resilient, understanding the special needs of boys, creating constructive out-of-school options and much more.