United Way of Pinal County has been awarded a $700,000+ annual grant from First Things First to recruit and provide support to family child care providers, including grandparents caring for their grandchildren. The focus will be on recruiting unregulated lawful home providers (providing childcare services to 4 or less children) who are already serving families with children birth to five. Participants will be recruited throughout communities in Pinal County and the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
Currently, many children in Pinal County are in Family, Friend and Neighbor care for all or part of their day. The goal of the FFN Program is to provide access to resources, training, networking and professional development opportunities for these home child care providers as well as to provide educational materials to the children in their care.
Participants will receive information on safety, health, child development and a myriad of other topics. FFN Providers will also receive materials such as books, puzzles, art supplies, etc. for participating in their community training.
Materials received by enrolled FFN Providers are designed to increase the quality of their childcare environment and improve the quality of education received by the children in their care. Funds are also available for participants choosing to become a licensed or certified child care provider.
As a result of the FFN program, children in all different types of family child care environments are better equipped to succeed in school and life.
The United Way of Pinal County Family, Friend and Neighbor Program is brought to you by First Things First (FTF), approved by Arizona voters and works to ensure that our youngest children have access to quality early childhood experiences so they will start school healthy and ready to succeed. Across the state, FTF regional partnership councils in collaboration with local leaders identify the educational and health needs of children from birth through age five in their communities and fund strategies to address those needs.
To view, the current FFN Community Training dates
For more information contact:
FFN Program Director: Liz Santiago
Office: (520) 836-0736
Cell Phone: (520) 233-8270