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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

Child Care Resource and Referral offers free information and referral services to families who are looking for child care. There are no charges/fees associated with a provider listing in the CCR&R database or for referrals to your program. Our agency maintains a database of all legally operating child care programs in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam and St. Johns Counties and we are required to update this information annually. Previously we used a paper form (referred to as the Provider Update Form) to collect this information from you. We have now moved this process into the new Statewide Provider Portal. The Provider Portal is an online database for child care providers and Early Learning Coalitions. This database is the database that we use to administer the School Readiness, CCR&R, and VPK Programs. Completing the annual provider update process in the Provider Portal is one of the first Child Care Resource & Referral components being utilized in the statewide Provider Portal.  We encourage you to complete this process and share your child care program’s information with us as it will be used on a statewide level to give state officials, agencies, the legislature and the governor’s office a picture of Florida’s child care community. Completing the provider update process is also a great opportunity to market your program, at no cost to you, to a wide range of families who may ormay not know about the services you provide. Our office provides information and provider listings about available child care programs to families seeking child care. It is critical that this information be accurate to match families up with programs that most closely match their needs. If you have not already completed the registration process for an account, please start the process now by going to the following link:

https://providerservices.floridaearlylearning.com/Account/Login

After you register for an account, an ECS staff member will activate it. Once your account is activated you will be able to complete the Provider Portal Profile, which is the online version of the Provider Update Form. Once a Provider Portal Profile is completed, it can easily be updated on an annual or as needed basis so that your programs most up-to-date information is readily available to families seeking assistance with finding a child care provider. In the future if you become a contracted School Readiness or VPK provider, information already entered into the Provider Portal Profile will prepopulate into your contract. The staff of CCR&R strives to provide families with the most up to date and accurate information possible about provider services. It is important that you call us as changes occur to report changes in your hours, vacancies/enrollment, rates, recent training, and any special services you may be providing. We want to help you succeed in your business of providing quality child care and early education services. For any additional questions, please contact Sarah March at 904-726-1500 x 2206 or Sarah.March@ecs4kids.org

Child Care Resource and Referral provides listings, NOT recommendations.

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