Standards for child and youth development programs

2020 Edition

Early Childhood Education (CYD-ECE) 13: Oversight of Family Child Care Homes

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

2020 Edition

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Purpose

Early Childhood Education facilitates appropriate child development and ensures the health and safety of children in care.
1
The program’s practices fully meet the standard, 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.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards.
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.
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Provide a description of supports offered to family child care homes
  • Screening criteria for family child care homes
  • Matching procedures for family child care homes (CYD-ECE 13.05, 13.06)
  • 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 childcare homes
  • Interview:
    1. Program director
    2. Family Child Care Coordinator
  • Review personnel record for Family Child Care Coordinator

CYD-ECE 13.01

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.
Related Standards:

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.


CYD-ECE 13.02

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.
Related Standards:

CYD-ECE 13.03

The program 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.
Related Standards:

Interpretation

The program may choose to provide ongoing training or assistance in obtaining continuing education.


Fundamental Practice

CYD-ECE 13.04

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


CYD-ECE 13.05

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


CYD-ECE 13.06

The program 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 for CYD-ECE Programs.