Across the country, providers have helped lead on quality improvements, serving on Governor’s commissions on early learning and care, working to expand training, and designing systems that encourage experienced, trained providers to continue in their profession. Here are a few examples of what we have achieved by coming together:
WASHINGTON: SEIU child care providers participated in formulating the state’s new Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) Tiered Reimbursement System that encourages better education for providers and quality curriculum for children. Training programs for both licensed and licensed-exempt providers are now guaranteed by contract.
IILINOIS: The family child care union agreement established a tiered payment system in which both licensed and license-exempt providers who attend specific trainings receive add-ons to their pay rates. These quality-enhancing trainings are offered on subjects including early childhood development, health and safety, and child nutrition.
OREGON: For the first time ever, through the union-negotiated and sponsored training program, over 500 license-exempt providers completed training in First Aid, CPR, Food Safety, and Child Abuse Recognition—and an incentive for completing the training.
MARYLAND: The family child care agreement supports exempt providers becoming licensed and commits the state to support for higher levels of training, including bonuses for those achieving higher levels of certification. Family child care providers together with the state have created a committee to review the current training system and to advocate for improvements.