If you are seeking child care help or want to start a family child care partnership, the Orlando, Florida based Professional Family Child Care Association can be the solution you’re looking for. Located in Oviedo, just outside of Orlando, the Parenting Exchange is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of families with children. Founded upon the vision that everyone has the power to positively affect the lives of others, the Parenting Exchange provides leadership development to up and coming family child care leaders, support groups, training, and advocacy for policy development. As a member in good standing, you can expect a continued opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
2020 FESTUS CONFERENCE: The Annual Conference of the Parenting Exchanges of America (PCEA) will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina during the month of March. A commitment to quality Early Childhood education and prevention of family child care abuse makes the annual conference a primary source of information for parents, childcare providers, Early Childhood educators, Social Service staff, and government officials. Registration for the event is open to all who wish to participate. You can also follow the conferences on the Internet through webinars, transcription downloads, notes cards, posters, and more. For additional information about this important work in our nation’s capital, contact the PCEA directly.
2020 EARLY CHILD CARE EXPONSE: The International Association of Child Care Providers (IACCP), along with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has come together to jointly celebrate a milestone in the history of child care. The newly formed Family Child Care Association of America (FCCAA) will be hosting a two day conference in Washington, D.C. on August 2nd, dedicated to setting the standards for federally funded family child care programs. The primary goal of the meeting is to share information on the federal government’s role in promoting family child care, expand on the new Federal Family Child Care Research Strategy (CFCS), and garner new members to the organization. The conference will offer a forum for professionals in this industry to exchange ideas and experiences. Speakers include former Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) head, Carol Todd, Assistant Secretary for Family Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Anne Palladio, MSW, Executive Director of the National Association of Manufacturers; William Rauch, PhD, Executive Vice President of IACCP, and Gary Turner, CEO of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
2020 OCULAR DEVELOPMENT FUND: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Federal Action Agenda for Mental Health and Development (FAMPHD), have jointly announced a new development fund for families experiencing difficulty meeting their child care needs. The fund is expected to help improve upon current efforts to promote development at home, while expanding services to families who are in real need of such assistance. The main areas of focus will be combating long-term and preventable developmental disabilities, focusing on early intervention and prevention, working to increase caregiver compensation and reduce costs, focusing on family education and development, and exploring the use of medical home teams.
2020 OCULAR DEVELOPMENT FUND: In late February, the United States Federal Action Agenda for Mental Health and Development (FAMA) was released. FAMA is a national initiative that sets forth the nation’s long-term strategy for dealing with mental health. The release highlighted several key accomplishments in many of the agencies that were developed by CMS and other federal agencies. One of these was the activation of the Family Child Care Association. The Association is a not for profit entity created to inform parents about the care and child development. Its primary function is to coordinate activities among family child care providers in order to promote early childhood development.
The association is also expected to help provide training for out-of-school time care providers, work with county and state child welfare systems to expand early childhood development programs, and provide providers with information regarding daycare programs. The association will work with community organizations, rural hospitals, state and local child welfare systems, and FAMA programs in order to increase access to quality child care. By providing information to care providers, the FAMA program hopes to decrease the instances in which children experience long periods of time without care or protection. Additionally, by working with providers, the association is hoping to improve long term outcomes, reduce the number of children experiencing long periods of time without supervision or care, and reduce the number of children experiencing serious developmental problems. In its goal to serve children in need, the FAMA will expand and increase access to quality early childhood development programs.