Thanks to the collaborative efforts of The Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country (CCCCNC) and Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP), Clinton and Essex Counties have five new home-based child care providers, and several more are in the process of being certified.
CCCCNC and ACAP were awarded funds from Adirondack Foundation's Generous Acts fund to address gaps in services by hosting a series of workshops to recruit and train new providers. Visionary thinkers Jamie Baseliere (CCCCNC Executive Director) and Marge Zmijewski (ACAP Program Director) are also using these funds to launch a joint advertising campaign to recruit additional providers.
Child care is essential to the economic and social well-being of our region – without reliable child care, parents cannot be reliable employees. High quality care is also a key to healthy early childhood development. Yet, there are several communities in our region where high quality, professional child care is difficult to find.
BT3's strength is in the willingness of its members to work across agencies and across counties to address the needs of our region. Congratulations to CCCCNC and ACAP on your award, and thank you for your vision and dedication.