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Episcopal Children’s Services Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is recognized as a model in our field as a Quality Assured Program through the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. Whether you are a brand-new provider or have been in the business a while, we can offer you the highest-quality assistance available through:

  • Individualized technical assistance
  • Accreditation assistance
  • Referrals to your business

Individualized Technical Assistance and Program Enhancements

Episcopal Children’s Services has a team of Program Specialists who work with providers and parents to ensure that children have the best chance to meet their potential.

Inclusion Specialists

  • Work with child care providers and family child care homes to ensure children with special needs are able to participate successfully.
  • Provide trainings on topics such as ADA, benefits of inclusion, and behavioral and environmental adaptations.
  • Offer technical assistance for children with special needs by operating a toll-free warm line: 1-800-238-3463.

Screening Specialists

  • Ensure all School Readiness children are screened at enrollment and again annually with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.
  • Make referrals to appropriate community agencies, as needed.

Education Specialists

  • Available to assist your program on the journey to achieving high-quality child care.
  • Are assigned to providers and will be able to offer training and technical assistance, as needed.
  • Work alongside birth to 5-year-old classroom teachers, providing training, modeling best practices, and offering curriculum support. Their goal is to ensure that children are being prepared for kindergarten by best practices that expose them to a wide variety of developmentally appropriate and high-quality early childhood literacy activities, and that the State Performance Standards are being met in the areas of Language/Communication and Emergent Literacy.
  • Work alongside infant and toddler teachers providing training, technical assistance, and support to create an appropriate, language-rich, early learning environment for infants and toddlers.
  • Employ standardized assessment tools to evaluate the classroom environment. He/she can work with the director to create an action plan that will lead to overall improvement, supply information regarding accreditation, and will be available to assist with developing both indoor and outdoor environments that will increase learning and meet children’s developmental needs. (back to top)

Accreditation: A Giant Step for Quality

Like any accredited school or college, child care programs that are accredited have attained a higher level of professional recognition and distinction than non-accredited programs. Accreditation represents the highest standard of quality child care, and it is awarded to centers and family child care providers that reach beyond the minimum child care standards defined by state licensing and registration agencies to meet standards of excellence.

Child care centers or family child care homes accredited by an association as one with standards that are deemed exceptional by the State of Florida are designated as Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. (click the link for more information).

Referrals to Your Business

When you contact ECS Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R), we will send you an informational sheet for you to complete and return. You will include your schedule, contact information, curriculum, any enhanced services, rates and fees, and any other important information that you would want parents to know when they are looking for care for their child. The information is entered into our computer database and is updated annually. Families who call us looking for care are given a computer-generated referral listing that includes detailed information on the providers that meet each family’s needs.

There are no charges/fees associated with a provider listing in the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Database or for referrals to your program. If you are asked to provide payment for a referral or listing in the CCR&R Database, please call the Office of Early Learning at 1-866-357-3239. The information reported about a provider’s program is objective program information that is based on standards that are attainable for providers based on their type of care.

Child Care Resource and Referral provides referrals, NOT recommendations.

To learn more about the statewide Inclusion Initiative, click here.

To become listed with CCR&R, call 904-726-1500 or 1-800-238-3463.