To help child care providers prepare to offer ECEAP services integrated within their current curriculum, the Department of Early Learning, ESD 112, and Community Minded Enterprises are working with Child Care Aware of Washington and a group of stakeholders to develop training and technical assistance supports that augment those already provided through Early Achievers.
In addition to separate pilots in Spokane (in which SEIU is working with four family child care homes with SEIU as the ECEAP contractor) and in Pierce/King Counties (where PSESD is working with three family child care homes as subcontractors), this project will pilot intensive supports for ten or more providers to provide ECEAP servcies through an affiliation with other child care homes/centers (piloted in Northeast Washington), or as a subcontractor to an existing contractor (piloted in Southwest Washington).
The pilot's specific goals are to:
* Research business models and articulate contractor, subcontractor and affiliated contractor roles
* Understand what child care providers need to successfully implement ECEAP
* Review current tools to develop a Child Care Provider ECEAP Readiness Toolkit
* Implement a successful pilot in the two regions and prepare to expand the pilot if/as refined
Dovetailing is pleased to be facilitating advisory group meetings as this important work proceeds.