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How To Ensure Your Child Is In Good Hands
It's one of the most important decisions a parent can make: choosing the right child care.
There are free services that can help. Child Care Solutions CNY assists families in Onondaga and Cayuga counties find high-quality and safe child care for free. They also help child care providers attain training and professional development.
Whether parents opt for licensed and registered providers or a caregiver without formal training, Child Care Solutions experts say parents must do their research. The first thing we suggest is that [parents] actually meet with and interview the person or people who will be caring for their children, said Beth Henderson, director of regulatory services. She also suggests using the Child Care Solutions checklist to vet potential providers. While childcare can be pricey, Henderson says cost is not an indicator of quality. There are also grants and financial assistance that can help offset the cost of healthcare for families.
The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center says it's also important to ask questions about how a caregiver would respond in certain scenarios (e.g. "What would you do if my child simply won't stop crying?") and to have a conversation about discipline.
Experts also say it's just as important to continue to monitor caregivers on a routine basis, as signs of trouble can often be subtle. Whether your child suddenly isn't excited to go to the babysitter or maybe overly excited go come home, make sure to have that conversation with your child,?? said Jami Ryan, a community outreach and education specialist at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Ryan teaches a course on how parents can spot and respond to child abuse. She stresses that an open dialogue with your child is important, as well as letting them know that they can and should call you if they feel uncomfortable in someone else??s care. For young children without the ability to articulate what may be going on, Ryan suggests calling to check in at random times or even dropping by unannounced just to see how your child is doing.
Ultimately experts say, if your gut is telling you something isn't right, you should trust it.
If you suspect a child is being abused, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-37201-800-342-3720 FREE.
June 25, 2015
Child Care Solutions Achieves National Quality Assurance
National Recognition Establishes Child Care Solutions as One of the Leading Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies in the Country
Child Care Solutions announced today that the organization has attained Quality Assurance, establishing it as one of the nation’s leading Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs). The national recognition was awarded by Child Care Aware® of America.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved Child Care Aware® of America Quality Assurance, which identifies our agency as meeting the highest national standards for CCR&R quality,” said Lori Boles, Executive Director of Child Care Solutions. “Since 1975, we have been helping families in Central New York recognize, find and pay for quality child care, and have been working with our community to identify child care needs and create solutions. This national seal of approval proves that we are succeeding.”
Child Care Aware® of America Quality Assurance is a voluntary, national certification program for the field of Child Care Resource and Referral, including State Networks and local CCR&Rs. It is a rigorous and comprehensive validation process that enables CCR&Rs to meet Best Practices Criteria for delivering outstanding services to parents, child care providers, businesses and communities. “Child Care Solutions meets national standards for core competencies and services and has proven itself to be one of the best resources for parents seeking information about child care,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America. “Child Care Solution’s achievement of Child Care Aware® of America Quality Assurance solidifies its place as one of the top CCR&Rs in the nation.”
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When Affording Child Care Means Turning Down a Raise
Kim Suskevich, a widow who is raising her daughter, Kaya, alone, spends more than a third of her take-home pay on child-care for her daughter before and after school. (provided photo)
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on March 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM, updated March 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If Kim Suskevich made just a little less money, she could qualify for help with her child-care expenses. Her weekly income is $15 too high to receive a subsidy, she said.
The Liverpool widow is raising her 7-year-old, Kaya, without any help. She's a warehouse worker at Syracuse University. Her second-grader is in daycare before school and for 15 minutes after school. She has no family to help and hasn't since her husband died four years ago.
Suskevich's child-care costs are $127 a week. Her take-home pay is about $300.
"I just think there should be more help for people like myself," Suskevich said.
A group of Onondaga County labor and child-care advocates is asking the state for money to do just that: help working class families better afford child care.
Child Care Solutions, SEIU Local 200United, 1199SEIU, CenterState CEO and the Workforce Development Institute have asked the Legislature to include $3.5 million in the state budget for working class child care subsidies in Onondaga County.
People who make less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $48,500 for a family of four, can receive child care help through social services. But there's little help available for people who make more.
"A nickel an hour raise and someone can't afford to work," said Lori Boles, executive director of Child Care Solutions, a nonprofit that helps child care providers and families who need care.
The $3.5 million would provide subsidies for more than 600 families in the county. Eligible families -- making between 200 and 275 percent of the federal poverty level -- would have to pay only 35 percent of their child care bills. The subsidy would cover the rest.
The new, working class subsidies would mirror a program that's already up and running in the Capital Region, the advocates said.
Trisha Botty, of SEIU Local 200United, said the group has been talking to state legislators including Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, and Sen. Dave Valesky, D-Oneida. She said it's unclear if the money will be included in this year's budget.
Suskevich has her fingers crossed. "Help up would be nice," she said.
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