Local Child Care Resource and Referral Achieves National Quality Assurance

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 14, 2005 — Kristen Foltz-Schlegel of Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Missouri announced today that it had met Child Care Aware® Quality Assurance – a national voluntary certification program.

The Child Care Aware Quality Assurance system is designed to ensure that families across the country have access to consistent, high quality services that support them in making informed child care choices. 

Stacey Minott, Child Care Aware’s manager, explained, “The child care market is a complicated one to navigate.  Families want to know what good child care looks like and how to find and pay for it. Local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) services provide families with expert help. Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Missouri, which is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, has met national practices for service delivery, and is the best resource for information on local child care availability, licensing laws, quality indicators, scholarships and subsidies, and other parenting resources.”

Foltz-Schlegel said, “Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Missouri is very proud to have achieved Quality Assurance for our child care resource and referral services. We have always strived to provide excellent child care consumer education services – having a national seal of approval proves we are succeeding.”

In addition to helping families find child care and other parenting resources, Child Care Resource & Referral also provides training and on-site visits for technical assistance and accreditation for child care providers. They also advocate for community child care needs and supply data on child care supply and demand.

Child Care Aware is an initiative of NACCRRA, the nation’s network of child care resource and referral.  In addition to administering the Quality Assurance program, Child Care Aware operates a national hotline, 1-800-424-2246 and Web site, www.ChildCareAware.org, available in both English and Spanish, which connects families to their local CCR&R and provides parenting and early care and education information.