WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

White's Residential & Family Services is Indiana's largest social services agency offering accredited and comprehensive residential, foster care, independent living, adoption, and home-based services.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Ulysses Arteaga, L.C.S.W.

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; EPPA; Marine Reviewer; Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

The Consuelo Foundation 2012 Peer Reviewer of the Year, Mr. Arteaga conducts two to three site visits a year, often volunteering for visits that require a Spanish speaking peer.
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Purpose

Early Childhood Education facilitates appropriate child development and ensures the health and safety of children in care.

ECE 12: Oversight of Family Child Care Homes

The organization provides oversight and support to family child care homes to ensure care is being provided in a safe environment that promotes healthy child development.

NA The organization does not utilize family child care homes to expand its capacity to provide care.

Rating Indicators
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of supports offered to family child care homes
    • Screening criteria for family child care homes
    • Matching procedures for family child care homes
    • Documentation of licensure for family child care homes
    • Documentation of caregiver credentials for family child care providers
    • Curricula of any training offered to family child care personnel
    • Group sizes and ratios for family child-care homes
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Family Child Care Coordinator
    • Review personnel record for Family Child Care Coordinator

  • ECE 12.01

    Family child care coordinators are qualified by:

    1. a CDA, CCP, or equivalent credential;
    2. an associate’s degree in early childhood education or child development; or
    3. a bachelor’s degree in a related field with two years of post-graduate experience in early childhood education.

    Interpretation: Related fields include early childhood education, child development, elementary education, early childhood special education, psychology, family consumer sciences, home economics, social work, and social services.


  • ECE 12.02

    Family child care coordinators:

    1. recruit and assess family child care homes prior to their use;
    2. provide support and supervision through a monthly home visit;
    3. offer training and professional development opportunities; and
    4. monitor the quality of care being provided.

  • ECE 12.03

    The organization utilizes family child care homes staffed by individuals with:

    1. a GED or high school diploma;
    2. at least 45 hours of family child care-related training within the last three years; and
    3. access to ongoing training and education.

    Interpretation: The organization may choose to provide ongoing training or assistance in obtaining continuing education.


  • FP
    ECE 12.04

    Prior to use, all family child care homes are screened to ensure they are fully licensed or approved, according to applicable regulatory requirements.


  • ECE 12.05

    The needs of the child and family are matched with a care provider to ensure suitable, family-based care.


  • ECE 12.06

    The organization is aware of available spaces at each child care home and only refers families when it is determined that the resulting teacher-child ratios and group sizes:

    1. allow teachers to provide supervision that ensures child health and safety;
    2. allow teachers to establish and maintain relationships with each child in the group;
    3. allow teachers to offer a variety of activities and lessons that promote social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development;
    4. take into consideration the size and configuration of the space;
    5. take into consideration the qualifications and competencies of the caregiver; and
    6. take into consideration the needs of the children in the group.

    Interpretation: Generally, teacher-child ratios should not exceed COA’s Recommended Teacher-Child Ratios and Group Sizes.

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