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Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center

Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center (BCCCRC) serves as the hub for issues relating to the care and education of young children in the City of Baltimore. BCCCRC is a member agency of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, and serves parents, child care providers, the business community and others who are interested in early care and education. BCCCRC is committed to providing leadership and services to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care in Baltimore City.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Out of caution for the health and welfare of staff and clients, BCCCRC offices at The Family Tree remain closed until further notice.

BCCCRC Staff is available, working remotely from home, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Staff can be reached by email, and telephone messages left on office phones will still be delivered to each staff member via email.

At this time face-to-face training classes are not being held. A full schedule of classes are being offered remotely on the Zoom platform. Updated schedule of classes will be posted on routinely on the BCCCRC web site, on the BCCCRC Facebook page, and through email blasts. Important information is posted on the BCCCRC Facebook page daily. Please be sure to “like” the BCCCRC page and check regularly to receive up to date information.

We are all here to assist you through this crisis. Do not hesitate to reach out to any staff member during the coming days and weeks:

“Zoom In” are spaces where you can connect with BCCCRC staff and the childcare community in Baltimore City. During these informal sessions you can ask questions, listen to what others share, and learn about a variety of topics related to childcare.

During “Zoom In” Child Development Associate (CDA) sessions you will join a cohort of family childcare providers who want to learn more about the process of earning their CDA’s.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

Preregistration is required.

For more information contact: Jennifer Lentz at jlentz@familytreemd.org

 

During “Zoom In” Family Childcare Accreditation Support Group sessions you learn about the process of becoming a nationally recognized family childcare program of excellence through NAFCC’s Accreditation Program.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

For more information contact Sue Penix at spenix@familytreemd.org or Carol Powers at cpowers@familytreemd.org

 

During “Zoom In” Infant & Toddler Advisory Committee sessions you will learn  more about caring for infants and toddlers, curriculum ideas, and resources to share with new parents.

When: Monthly

Time: 11:30-12:30

For more information contact Sue Penix at spenix@familytreemd.org

 

During  “Zoom In” Childcare Provider Virtual Support Group sessions you will be given space to

share personal experiences, offer one another emotional and moral support, and discuss a range of topics with the BCCCRC Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants.

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month

Time: 12:30-1:30

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86487817720

Zoom Meeting ID: 864 8781 7720

Preregistration is not required.

For more information contact: Suzanne Funk sfunk@familytreemd.org or Tova Hoicowitz thoicowitz@familytreemd.org

 

During “Zoom In” STEAM in a Backpack sessions you will join a community of learners in a discussion group where all things science, technology, engineering, art, and math are shared with an emphasis on the incorporating the natural sciences in fun and exciting ways into your program.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

 For more information contact Sue Penix at spenix@familytreemd.org

 

During “Zoom In” Credentialing Support Group sessions you will have the opportunity to learn about the credential and receive assistance going through the initial credentialing process or renewing your credential.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

For more information contact Sue Penix at spenix@familytreemd.org or Carol Powers at cpowers@familytreemd.org

Find a BCCCRC Group on  Facebook

Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care – This group is a place for providers, parents and those working with infants and toddlers to share curriculum ideas and seek help with issues related to infants and toddlers. To find the group simply type Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care in the in search box on Facebook. For more information contact Sue Penix at spenix@familytreemd.org

 

Free Swap Child Care Baltimore, Baltimore & Carroll Counties – This is a group where providers list FREE items related to caring for children that they no longer need but are still in good working order for others who may have a need for them in their program. Items being offered include art and crafts supplies, children’s books, resource books, toys, and furniture for childcare programs. Everything on the site is free. Exchanges are arranged between the two providers for pickup or delivery. To find the group simply type Free Swap Child Care Baltimore, Baltimore & Carroll Counties search box on Facebook. For more information contact Sue Penix at spenix@familytreemd.org

Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center-The official Facebook site for the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center. To find the group simply type Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center in the search box on Facebook.

 

Very Important Provider Program

 

September 2021 Virtual Training Schedule

 Register online

Redesign Your Circle Time (Virtual: Zoom)

Through engaging discussions, hands-on activities, and thoughtful self-reflection, participants will explore developmentally appropriate best practices regarding Circle Time.  How can you shift your focus to social/emotional development? Do children have to sit crisscross applesauce in order to learn?  Do you have to do weather and calendar during Circle Time?  Find out these answers and more!

Topic: 2 hours Curriculum, 1 hour Special Needs

Date: Wednesday, September 15

Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Cost: $20; Must pre-register

 

Mindfulness and Yoga for Young Children and Adults (In Person)

Important:  This class will be held at: The Family Tree-2108 N. Charles St. 21218

Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and get fit! In this workshop participants will learn mindfulness strategies that they can practice with the children in their care. They will also learn about the benefits of yoga and ideas for implementing yoga into their own programs.

Topic:  2 hours Child Development, 1 hour Professionalism

Date: Saturday, September 18

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: $20.00; Must pre-register

 

Pyramid Model for Infants and Toddlers-2 session class (In Person)

Important:  Both sessions of this class will be held at: The Family Tree-2108 N. Charles St. 21218

The Pyramid Model is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development. The workshop will take participants through a  focused look at each tier of the Pyramid Model for infants and toddlers. Participants will explore hands on activities that will help them think about and develop concrete ideas about the Pyramid Model, and the benefit to them as an early childhood caregiver/educator and to the children in their programs.

Topic: 6 hours Child Development

Date: Saturday, September 18 and Saturday, October 16*

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: $20.00; Must pre-register

*You must attend both dates to receive a certificate.

 

 

 

 

Why Play Matters (Virtual: Zoom)

This interactive training will seek to build participants knowledge and understanding of the importance of play in the physical, cognitive, and social development of children. This training will discuss the various aspects of play and the roles that each type plays in the growth and development in children. This training will conclude with discussing strategies for integrating developmentally appropriate practices into curriculum and daily activities to meet the individual needs of children

Topic: 2 hours Child Development

Date: Wednesday, September 22

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Cost: $20.00; Must pre-register

 

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (Virtual: Zoom)

Did you know that childcare providers are mandated by law to report child maltreatment?  In this training you will develop a policy for preventing and reporting child abuse as well as the signs and symptoms of bullying behaviors and victims’ behaviors.

Topic:  2 hours Health, Safety and Nutrition

Date: Saturday, September 25

Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am

Cost: $20.00; Must pre-register

 

Making Families Welcome: Positive Partnerships (Virtual: Zoom)

This course provides childcare providers with the tools for understanding positive partnerships with parents/guardians/family members.  It is designed to help providers select a variety of ways for families to be represented in their classrooms so that the children feel comfortable and to stay connected to their families and community while they are in the childcare setting.

Topic:  3 hours Community

Date: Saturday, September 25

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: $20.00; Must pre-register

 

Using Art to Heal Trauma (Virtual: Zoom)

Giving children opportunities to express themselves through creative art activities enables them to process experiences that trouble them. Explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain and explore the benefits to children of open art centers and free expressive art.

Topic: 3 hours Special Needs

Date: Wednesday, September 29

Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Cost: $20.00; Must pre-register

BCCCRC Programs

Maryland Child Care Resource Network Compliant Policy

Every member agency of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network strives to provide high quality service to the child care programs and families in their jurisdiction and throughout Maryland. It is our mission to ensure that every interaction with staff at the Child Care Resource Centers is positive and professional.

If you have concerns about an incident or some aspect of service at a Child Care Resource Center, please contact the director/manager directly. Contact information for these individuals can be found here:

 https://marylandfamilynetwork.org/for-providers/find- your-child-care-resource-center.

If you are not satisfied with the way your concern is handled by the director/manager at the Child Care Resource Center, please contact Maryland Family Network at 410-659-7701 or at MCCRNinfo@marylandfamilynetwork.org. As the Statewide Coordinating Entity of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, MFN will investigate the complaint or concern regarding services and take appropriate action.

Training & Technical Assistance for Providers

BCCCRC provides technical assistance and high quality training on a wide variety of topics to assist early care and education providers and others in expanding their knowledge of child development and best practices for caring for young children. The Training Department offers 2-hour to 6-hour workshops, series trainings, and pre-service certificate trainings all of which meet the Office of Child Care’s regulation requirements as well as Core of Knowledge for the Maryland Child Care Credential.

Technical assistance, information, and expert advice are provided to current and prospective child care providers in both family and center based programs.

Early Intervention Project

Providing social/emotional support to Baltimore City pre-school children in child care settings. If you are concerned about your young child’s development, behavior, interaction with peers, or If your child has experienced difficulties in a group setting, the Early Intervention Project can help with free on-site consultation and support for young children in child care or nursery school settings.

Resources For Families & Parents

LOCATE Child Care

Selecting child care is an important decision for you and your child. The quality of care, cost and convenience of location will have a big impact on your lives. LOCATE: Child Care is a free phone service that can help you find child care that fills your needs. LOCATE can also help you find Head Start and Early Head Start programs, private nursery school and kindergarten programs, public pre-k programs, school age programs and summer camps.

LOCATE: Child Care Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Call LOCATE: Child Care at 1-877-261-0060

If you would like to save time and complete the intake form prior to talking with a LOCATE counselor, submit the Parent Intake Form online.

If at any time during your child care search or after making child care arrangements, you should have concerns regarding your child’s care, you can always call LOCATE: Child Care and speak with a referral counselor. If your concern is based on a regulatory issue, you can call the Office of Child Care at 410-554-8300 and describe your complaint to a licensing specialist or a LOCATE counselor can take the complaint and forward it to the Office of Child Care for you. For more information please review the LOCATE: Child Care Complaint Policy.

Special Needs Services

Do you have a child with a special need? Do you need child care?

LOCATE: Child Care can help you find care that meets your child’s needs!

More Resources for Providers

Online Trainings

Great news….the 90-Hour Pre-service Training (Preschool) is now available through the eLearning platform. Go to the ONLINE CHILD CARE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CENTER for registration information and to see all the available high quality eLearning options available.

LOCATE for Providers

LOCATE: Child Care is one (but not the only) tool that providers can use to market their programs. Program records that are complete and accurate help counselors serve the needs of parents best and help us to refer your program to parents looking for services you provide.

CDA Grant Program

Maryland Family Network, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and the Council for Professional Recognition are partnering to provide thousands of Maryland’s early childhood educators with financial support to help them earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. These financial awards will cover registration and other fees as well as books required for the program. By earning their CDA, Maryland’s child care professionals will  expand their career options and have greater knowledge with which to serve young children across our state.

Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care is a comprehensive directory of child care offerings throughout the state. Because parents regularly visit this site to make informed decisions about child care, it is critically important that information be accurate and updated. The more complete your listing is, the better MFN can help parents find and choose your child care program.

Please review and, if necessary, update your record today.

Click to update your Child Care Provider Record

 

 

About BCCCRC

MISSION

BCCCRC helps parents who are looking for child care, provides training and technical assistance for child care professionals, and assists employers interested in helping their employees to balance work and family life. BCCCRC is Quality Assured by Child Care Aware America.

 

STAFF

 

 

Administration

  • Nancy Pelton, Director
  • Jennell Bailey, Administrative Assistant

Training and Technical Assistance

  • Jennifer Lentz, Professional Development Coordinator
  • Suzanne Funk, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Tova Hoicowitz, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Sue Penix, Infant Toddler/Capacity Building Coordinator
  • Carol Powers, Technical Assistance Coordinator

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address:
The Family Tree
2108 N Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Google Maps Directions

Contact Us:
Phone: 410-889-2300
Fax: 410-637-8385
Email: childcare@bcccrc.org

The Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center is a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network with funding provided from the Maryland State Department of Education, through Maryland Family Network.

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