Volunteer opportunities are available several times a year during annual fundraising events. Watch the CCC website for information or contact the CCC directly by phone.
The Child Care Council of Kentucky (CCC) is a visible community resource, committed to offering access to affordable, quality early care and education. Our pledge is to promote, expand and enhance services that improve the quality of life for all families, children and early care professionals in Kentucky.
As a Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency located in central Kentucky since 1984, the CCC is the only local R&R serving the 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District and currently holds the contract management of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in all 120 counties in Kentucky. CCAP is a social service program that provides assistance to low income, working families to pay the high cost of child care. The CCC serves 35,742 families and children through the CCAP program. The Resource and Referral Program serves 3000 families and 8000 providers annually in the Bluegrass Area Development District alone, as well as providing services in two other areas, Lincoln Trail and FIVCO.
Our pledge is to promote, expand, and enhance services that improve the quality of life for all families, children and early care professionals in Kentucky.
Services provided include:
· Development of a smartphone app to search for and learn about quality child care,
· Education of parents on what to look for in quality care for their children,
· Professional Development training for early care and education teachers on a wide variety of developmentally appropriate, educational topics
· Educational technical assistance directly to child care programs
· Determining eligibility for low income, working families to access funding through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP subsidy) to help pay for child care
· Determining eligibility for child care assistance for those parents who do not meet the qualifications for CCAP, through the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Registration Child Care Fund.
CCC has been locally recognized by receiving the Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Award 2010 for outstanding service provided to families and children in Central Kentucky. The Child Care Council takes great pride in being a leader in the field of early care and education across the state of Kentucky and continually strives to create a better community for children, parents and providers.
Over the past year the Child Care Council has continued to successfully managed the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) through a contract awarded by the state of Kentucky. This program provides assistance to eligible low income families to help pay a portion of their child care. CCAP is available in all 120 counties and serves approximately 20,000 families.
Training is provided to early care professionals with well over 10,000 training hours being offered in three regions of Kentucky.
The Child Care Council of Kentucky has developed an innovative smart phone application and is currently marketing this across the country; already being tested in a few states and very well received. Keeping up with current trends, this app will provide parents easily accessible information and the opportunity to make informed decisions when choosing quality child care.
When looking at the status of the Child Care Council of Kentucky (CCC) it is important to understand that the agency is a non-profit, 501 3c, and a human service organization. Although the operating budget is large, 95% of those dollars are restricted to meet federal and state requirements on contracts awarded through the Division of Child Care and the University of Kentucky. This money cannot be used for any other purpose. However, the CCC also provides low to no cost trainings for early care professionals and parents through the CCC Professional Development department. Many people access this training face to face and/or online. Developing and enhancing services in this area is important in providing children with the best early care and education available. Donations are used to provide these services as the CCC continues to meet the high demand for quality training. Unrestricted funding help provides the resources to meet the high demand and ever changing needs in this important field. Annually, approximately $350,000 is needed to provide professional development services.
The administrative offices of the Child Care Council are located in Lexington, Kentucky with satellite Child Care Assistance Program offices located in 120 counties across Kentucky. CCC also has Child Care Aware staff in Elizabethtown Kentucky.
When educating child care providers it is imperative that they receive the best in training. Knowledge gained through training is directly applied into the classroom to improve quality. As a non-profit the CCC actively raises funding to keep the cost of training at low cost or no cost to the participant. The majority of early care classes are offered by the CCC.
Research shows that the education of the child care provider is directly related to the success of the children in their care. Children deserve the best in early care and education. The Child Care Council of Kentucky works diligently to stay current on topics of educational interest to providers. CCC staff spend hours researching trends and developing new trainings on topics related to social and emotional well-being, literacy, math, science, art, music, nutrition and family involvement.
Involving the family in the child’s early care is a crucial factor in determining success when entering school for the first time. It goes hand in hand with the education of early care providers.
Educating parents on how to choose quality child care is an on-going goal of the Child Care Council of Kentucky. Resources for parents are available through the CCC website, at community resource fairs, educational events, and through parenting classes. Parent resources regarding quality child care are also distributed through the Child Care Assistance Program offices located in 120 counties in Kentucky.
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is a human service program made available through funding from the Cabinet for Health and Family Service, Division of Child Care. This program assists low income parents with the high cost of child care. The CCC was awarded a contract to administer this program and funds are restricted 100% to program management.
Other restricted funding to the CCC is provided through a sub-contract with the University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute, which includes the Child Care Aware services of technical assistance for child care centers, coordination of training and community outreach.
As the local Resource and Referral Agency since 1984, the CCC can provide assistance with any questions regarding child care.
The Child Care Council of Kentucky (CCC) has been educating central Kentuckians on the importance of quality child care since 1984. Under the current leadership, staff at the CCC work as a team to “think outside of the box” when setting goals for the future. Through constant research and monitoring of trends the CCC continues to stay ahead of the game when developing new and innovative ideas.
With the information highway right in the palm of your hand it makes sense to recognize that information on locating and choosing quality care should be easily accessible to parents. The CCC took this into consideration and developed a smartphone application called the Child Care Finder. This is the first application of its kind in the country.
Technology dictates the world and the ease of online websites have made resources available around the clock, 365 days a year. The CCC has built a website that offers a variety of resources to parents, child care providers and the community at-large. Distance learning allows providers to train at their own pace on their own time.
The ability to build computer programs relating to organizational operations gave the Child Care Council of Kentucky an edge when submitting the Request for Proposal for the statewide contract for Child Care Assistance. Having been awarded the contract the CCC was able to streamline and formulate methods that make in house procedures operate more efficiently, thereby providing better customer service to those served.
By applying the approach of staying well informed and ahead of the game the CCC has been able to expand services for families, children and child care providers.
In 1984 CCC served people in 17 counties and today serves people in all 120 of Kentucky. Long term goals have always been to educate child care providers, parents and community partners. All children of Kentucky deserve to have access to quality child care and to become prepared to succeed.
A proven track record with 30 years of experience gives the Child Care Council of Kentucky (CCC) the ability to remain a leader in the field of early care and education. The CCC searches for and employs the best people for each and every job throughout the agency. 19 staff members have been employed with the agency for over 10 years and several of those have been employed since 1997. When the CCC was awarded the contract for management of the statewide contract for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) administrative staff hired many staff that had been with the program for 10 plus years and several who had been with CCAP program since 1997.
The CCC benefits from a strong Board of Directors made up of highly visible community members who, guided by the CCC mission, are committed to strategically leading the agency to long term success.
With thirty years of experience the CCC has built many strong relationships in the child care field. These include but are not limited to:
· The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services, Division of Child Care,
· The University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute, Child Care Aware of Kentucky,
· Fayette County Public Schools,
· United Way of the Bluegrass,
· PNC Foundation,
· Community Action Council,
· Community Early Childhood Councils
· National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and
· Partners for Youth
The budget of the CCC consists of dollars that are directly dedicated to the operation of certain programs. These contract dollars cannot be spent for any other purpose. The CCC general fund generates unrestricted funds that can be used to promote, enhance and expand services to families, children and child care providers. Funds are produced through grants, donations, fundraising events and fees from the Professional Development Program.
Because the Child Care Council of Kentucky holds a major contract with the state of Kentucky and a sub contract with the University of Kentucky and CCC is monitored on a regular basis using tools provided. A site visit is also required to monitor the progress of these contracts.
Additionally, funding provided through grant awards from the United Way of the Bluegrass, the PNC Foundation and Partners for Youth, Fayette County Public Schools and others require reporting and monitoring of progress. Reports on numbers of participants, agency contacts, demographics, quality control, program evaluation, staffing, and customer satisfaction are required on a quarterly basis.
As an agency the CCC monitors all website activity and generates reports on a monthly basis to assess and improve services. The agency has built systems to track CCAP claims and file reviews.
The Board of Directors receives a statistical report, reviews all monitor reports and any plans of action that may occur. In addition, the Board of Directors receives a monthly copy of the financials to monitor progress and to assure that the agency is fiscally sound.
The Child Care Council of Kentucky is deliberate in its approach to long term impact as indicated through the steady growth of the agency. In 1984 CCC had a staff of two people. With vision and insight leadership chose to move forward. The agency began to apply for funding to increase the ability to provide training to child care providers in 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District. In 1997 a program for assistance to low income parents to help pay for quality child care became available and the agency began to build a foundation for later success when awarded the contract to provide these services in 22 counties. With the successful management of 22 counties, leadership in the organization took the knowledge learned through success and failures, applying that experience when the contract became available again. In 2009 CCC was awarded additional contracts for northern and eastern Kentucky.
Encouraged with the continuing success of program management, CCC used a more aggressive and innovative approach when completing the 2011 RFP that would eventually award the program management for the entire state of Kentucky, which is held today.
With proven CCAP management success the CCC applied best practice models and was awarded two additional ADD regions in Kentucky for management of the Child Care Aware of Kentucky program and has expanded the Professional Development Program into Lincoln Trail and FIVCO, as well as Jefferson County. Advancing technology makes the field wide open for exciting possibilities like the Child Care Finder App that was developed by CCC for smartphones.
It has always been and continues to be the long term goal of the CCC that all children have access to quality child care. As the CCC grows, the impact of parents demanding quality child care continues to drive the agency forward when educating child care providers. Knowledge learned through training sessions is directly applied to early childcare classrooms, helping to assure that children are prepared to succeed when entering school. There will always be early care providers who need a quality education and ultimately the success of children is the future of Kentucky.
New members with strong community presence and a commitment to making life better for families, children and early care providers have added a “new energy” to the board. The board now includes bankers, lawyers, marketing executives, technology specialists, business owners, retired medical personnel, and child care directors. With the team that has been assembled the opportunities for partnerships are excellent.
With that said the rapid growth of the agency presents a challenge when trying to assure that all areas of the state served by the CCC have representation on the board. Technology offers the possibility of virtual meetings and the board has accepted that challenge.
The board is currently searching for additional members to fill representation from northern, eastern, and western Kentucky.
Bradley Stevenson, Executive Director
Bradley Stevenson is a 2001 graduate of the University of Kentucky holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies, Individual and Family Development. Mr. Stevenson has worked in every department of the Child Care Council of Kentucky having been employed since 1997. He currently holds the position of Executive Director managing two prominent state contract budgets with oversight of 190 staff. He has been instrumental in the development of a smartphone app for parents, Child Care Finder.
Under his direction the agency has grown to include management of the Child Care Assistance Program throughout the 120 counties of Kentucky, as well as services to child care providers through the Child Care Aware program in three regions of Kentucky.
Mr. Stevenson is a member of several national associations directly related to children and families and is an active community member. Locally, he has volunteered on committees related to serving the needs of children and families through the Fayette County Public Schools, UK CCR&R, United Way, and Immanuel Baptist Church. Mr. Stevenson sat on Leadership Lexington 2013-2014. Currently he has been nominated for a seat on Leadership Kentucky 2015-2016.
A lifetime of experience working with children and families from volunteerism to teaching, from teaching to administration. Experience in resource development with a strong background in non-profit organizations. Extensive YMCA experience, training, and Senior Director Certification.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development
1965-1969 Graduate of Paris High School
Level 3 Kentucky Early Care and Education Credential
2012- Present Special Projects Coordinator Child Care Council of Kentucky 2005-2012 Assistant Director Child Care Council of Kentucky 2003-2005 Resource Development Specialist Child Care Council of Kentucky 1997-2003 Field Office Supervisor Child Care Council of Kentucky 1991-1997 Executive Director Paris-Bourbon County YMCA 1987-1991 Marketing/Public Relations Director Paris- Bourbon Co. YMCA 1986-1987 Child Care Director Paris-Bourbon County YMCA 1977-1987 Small Business Owner/ Homemaker/Community Volunteer 1974-1977 Teacher Saint Mary School Paris, Kentucky
Pamela Beall Burns
2006-Present: CCC of Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program Director
2002-2006: CCC of Kentucky Child Care Assistance Regional Site Supervisor
1997-2002: CCC of Kentucky Child Care Assistance Field Office Supervisor
1986-1997: Animal Krackers Discovery Center, Inc. Co-Director/Owner
1980-1986: ABC House Child Care – Director/Owner
1976-1979: Glenway Lodge, Inc. – Office Manager
George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester, Kentucky
Fugazzi Business College – Business/ART Medical Records
University of Kentucky – Early Childhood Education courses
12/2011 Human Resource Certification Institute
1994 – 1996 University of Kentucky Master of Science in Family Studies
1988-1992 Berea College BAChild and Family Studies Emphasis on Child Development
Tammy Abbott Spivey
7/2009 – Present Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc.
HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR
10/2005-7/2009 Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc.
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
8/2003-10/2005 Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc.
10/2000-8/2003 Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc.
CHILD CARE QUALITY COORDINATOR, SUPERVISOR
6/1998-10/2000 Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc.
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CASE MANAGER
/1996-07/1998 Faith Lutheran Child Care
Level 5 Kentucky Credentialed Trainer
The Child Care Council of Kentucky (CCC) is dedicated to helping parents find child care that is appropriate for the family. The high cost of quality child care takes up a great part of a parent’s income. The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in Kentucky provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents/guardians. The purpose of this program is to enable families to gain employment and to remain employed. Based on the eligibility requirements a parent many times has a co-pay. A co-pay is the amount a family is required to contribute toward the cost of care. Co-pay is determined on a sliding scale that is based on income, family size and the number of children receiving child care assistance benefits.
The CCC successfully managed the Child Care Assistance Program regionally covering 22 counties beginning in 1997, expanded to cover 71 counties, and in 2009 was awarded the contract for management of all 120 counties in Kentucky.
The goal of the child care assistance program is to provide access to quality child care that allows low income parents to work, attend education and training programs and/or to participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program (K-TAP).
Child care subsidies are also available for child protective services. Child care services through the CCAP are purchased from licensed, certified and registered providers.
This is a story of success. The names are changed due to confidentiality.
Mary Jones was a young mother with two children. Mary worked a low income job with varying weekly schedules. She could barely afford to feed her family, much less pay for child care. Mary was embarrassed to apply for assistance. She thought it made her a failure but she knew her family depended on her. She had to work, she needed child care and she had to have help paying for that care. She simply did not have the $150 a week that it cost. When Mary came into the local office to apply she learned that her income was so low that she qualified and would have minimal weekly copays. Mary literally burst into tears of joy. Over the course of two years, Mary was able to attain another job with better pay and better hours. She still qualified for assistance, but she gave it up. She wanted to let another family take advantage of the fund that had helped her achieve a better life for her children.
The Child Care Council of Kentucky contracts with the University of Kentucky (Human Development Institute) to provide training and technical assistance services in 2 Area Development Districts (ADD) in Kentucky. The 2 regions include Bluegrass, Lincoln Trail. Each region employs a Training Coordinator and a Technical Assistance Coordinator to provide services to local early care and education professionals. The Bluegrass region also employs a Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist that covers approximately 1/2 of Kentucky for specialized TA services. Staff is employed by the Child Care Council but provide services through a Child Care Aware contract from the University.
Annual Professional Development is required by the state of Kentucky in order to maintain a child care license. Professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on current curriculum resources, new early education research, changing technology, and so much more. The best professional development is ongoing with practical application directly into the classroom. The Child Care Council is committed to providing professional development to providers that encourages the developmental growth of children by offering training prior to, and during the providers’ career as a quality early care professional. CCC professional development courses are currently offered on a regular basis in the Bluegrass and Lincoln Trail , as well as Jefferson County. CCC also offers online classes that are easily accessible 24/7. Specialized on site trainings are also part of the wide range of professional development available.
The main challenge encountered by our non-profit is one that we began to face on a regular basis as we grew and expanded services across the state, and that is fundraising. As an agency, the Child Care Council of Kentucky works within an organizational budget of almost $8 million dollars. As you can imagine, when trying to raise money, the question is always why an agency with a budget of this size would need to raise additional dollars. And that is a very legitimate question. The answer is simple….95% of the total budget is designated/restricted for use only in the management of the CCAP program, and to services provided through the Child Care Aware Program.
When the CCC determines a need for additional services, enhancements and expansions to programs that address the needs of low income families, children and child care providers it is imperative to raise the dollars to accomplish this.
CCC works diligently within the community to raise these funds through special events, donor solicitations and grant writing. The CCC always welcomes the opportunity to work with other non-profit agencies to accomplish our goals. With a freeze currently in place for child care assistance it is urgent that families have additional options. And, as with any non-profit, the CCC is dedicated to our mission of improving the lives of families, children and child care professionals. To accomplish this takes experience, partnerships, expertise and community support. Kids Matter-Invest Early and Invest Often.
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