I am a Childcare Provider
PCF recognizes that caregivers for young children perform a critical service for society. Childcare providers aren’t just “babysitters”—childcare providers are professionals who help mold children into the people they become. They are essential to our community system.
That’s why we strive to serve and to act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of childcare providers in Mesa County. This includes advocating for improved working conditions, wages and recognition for individuals in the early childhood field—as well as offering providers quality-improvement coaching and childcare professional development opportunities.
Quality improvement coaching
PCF’s quality-improvement coaching can help childcare providers implement initial requirements that qualify them to be part of the state’s Colorado Shines quality rating program—including obtaining a childcare license. It can also help providers make changes that help them climb higher on Colorado Shines’ five-level rating system.
For example, coaches can advise providers on how to improve classroom safety, increase parent engagement, create stimulating activities for various ages, understand how to input data and generally implement best practices. All the while, PCF’s coaches provide support and encouragement.
In a recent survey of providers who underwent coaching with PCF, 100 percent of respondents rated their coaches as extremely valuable or very valuable when asked “How valuable was the coaching you received from your credentialed coach?”
Read about one participant’s experience here: Stephanie Bivins, on reaching Colorado Shines Level 5.
PCF connects childcare providers with professional development opportunities through several avenues.
For example, with support from Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center, PCF has been able to offer providers coursework such as Child Development Associate classes for college credit.
It also offers class modules from the state’s Expanding Quality in Infant–Toddler Care (EQIT) project. Backed by the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Human Services Division of Child Care, EQIT’s vision is that all infant and toddler caregivers act from an appreciation and understanding of their impact on each infant, toddler and family they serve.
Additionally, PCF has hosted and/or joined with community partners to host hundreds of hours of additional childcare trainings for early childhood educators each year. And we can give you the lowdown on Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System, a free, online resource packed with information and access to online training related to early care and learning.
Read about one participant’s experience as a member of a Child Development Associate cohort sponsored by PCF: Kayla Kintz on early childhood coursework.