Friend, Family, Neighbor, Caregiver Outreach Assistance Program
United Way of Pinal County has been awarded a $400,000+ grant from First Things First to recruit and provide support to Friend, Family and Neighbor home care providers. 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 but are not required to be regulated or licensed by the State of Arizona. 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 project is to provide access to resources, training, networking and professional development opportunities for home child care providers.
Participants will receive information on safety, health, child development and a myriad of other topics. Home 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 family child care environments are better equipped to succeed in school and life.
The United Way of Pinal County Friend, Family and Neighbor Caregivers Outreach Assistance Project 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.
Visit the FFN-COAP Facebook page by clicking here
To view the FFN-COAP Training and Conference dates click here
For more information contact:
Liz Santiago- FFN Program Director