For more information about these programs, or potential partnerships,
please contact Child Care Network’s Community Programs Director,
Karla Mancini, at (810) 407-7285 or reach out to us.
Family, Friend, and Neighbor Engagement Program
Because many families prefer to use family, friends, or neighbors (FFN) as their primary child care provider, the main goal of this program is to support these providers – both formal (i.e. license exempt) and informal – in providing high quality care to children. This is done through trainings Care Giving Conversations with providers and families together, and other forms of support.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. Through support from the Michigan ACE Initiative, this program offers free training on ACEs with the goal of helping to educate communities to better identify signs of childhood trauma.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is a nationally recognized program that requires 480 hours of direct service with children and 120 clock hours of training in specific subject areas. Child Care Network contracts with other organizations to provide 120 hours of training to early childhood education staff.
Clinical-Community Linkage Initiative
Child Care Network participates with many other community partners in the Clinical-Community Linkage Initiative in both Genesee and Jackson Counties. The focus of this initiative is to address the social determinants of health by supporting connections between primary care practices and community service providers.
MI Bridges Community Partner
MI Bridges is the state of Michigan’s online system to apply for state benefits, manage their case, and locate resources in their community. Child Care Network is an Access Partner, Referral Service Partner, and Navigation partner. CCN staff are trained to assist clients with applying for benefits within the system, and each CCN office has a computer dedicated for client use to access MI Bridges.
Mom Power is a program that supports families who are facing adversity and stress through the challenges of caring for young children, offering a strengths-based, nurturing approach to promoting resilience in parents and children. Some Child Care Network staff are trained in this model which offers a 13-session group focused on increasing parenting skills, connecting parents to other parents, connecting parents to local resources, supporting parents in using self-care skills, and supporting relationships between parents and their young children.
Mini-Grant Program (Genesee County)
Through support from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Child Care Network is able to offer mini-grants to licensed child care providers or to providers who wish to become licensed in Genesee County. This funding is to support early care and education programs that either have been impacted by and/or serve children impacted by the Flint Water Crisis. The purpose of the mini-grant is to enable the provider to improve the quality of care they are providing to young children.