Chapter 1: Staffing
1.3 Pre-service Qualifications
1.3.3 Family Child Care Home Caregiver/Teacher Qualifications
188.8.131.52: Support Networks for Family Child Care
Large and small family child care home caregivers/teachers should have active membership in a national, and/or state and local early care and education organization(s). National organizations addressing concerns of family child care home caregivers/teachers include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, belonging to a local network of family child care home caregivers/teachers that offers education, training and networking opportunities provides the opportunity to focus on local needs. Child care resource and referral agencies may provide additional support networks for caregivers/teachers that include professional development opportunities and information about electronic networking.
RATIONALEMembership in peer professional organizations shows a commitment to quality child care and also provides a conduit for information to otherwise isolated caregivers/teachers. Membership in a family child care association and attendance at meetings indicate the desire to gain new knowledge about how to work with children (1).
COMMENTSFor more information about family child care associations, contact the NAFCC at http://nafcc.net and/or the NAEYC at http://www.naeyc.org. Also, caregivers/teachers should check to see if their state has specific accreditation standards.
TYPE OF FACILITYEarly Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS184.108.40.206 General Qualifications of Directors
220.127.116.11 Mixed Director/Teacher Role
18.104.22.168 Qualifications of Lead Teachers and Teachers
22.214.171.124 Qualifications for Assistant Teachers, Teacher Aides, and Volunteers
126.96.36.199 Initial Orientation of All Staff
188.8.131.52 Orientation for Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs
184.108.40.206 Orientation Topics
220.127.116.11 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for Staff
18.104.22.168 Topics Covered in Pediatric First Aid Training
22.214.171.124 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for Swimming and Water Play
126.96.36.199 Continuing Education for Directors and Caregivers/Teachers in Centers and Large Family Child Care Homes
188.8.131.52 Continuing Education for Small Family Child Care Home Caregivers/Teachers
184.108.40.206 Training of Staff Who Handle Food
220.127.116.11 Child Abuse and Neglect Education
18.104.22.168 Training on Occupational Risk Related to Handling Body Fluids
22.214.171.124 Education of Center Staff
126.96.36.199 Training Time and Professional Development Leave
188.8.131.52 Payment for Continuing Education
10.6.2.1 Development of Child Care Provider Organizations and Networks
- Fiene, R. 2002. 13 indicators of quality child care: Research update. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. http://aspe.hhs.gov/basic-report/13-indicators-quality-child-care.