2010-06-25 / Community

Home Based Child Care Grads Honored In Far Rockaway

Councilmember James Sanders Jr. spoke to the graduates. Councilmember James Sanders Jr. spoke to the graduates. Seventeen current and aspiring home-based child care providers are the most recent graduates of “Child Care Means Business” training in Far Rockaway, an innovative program designed to increase the prevalence and stability of high quality child care programs in city communities. Training participants completed a nine week comprehensive program of business and legal training and professional support. The graduates celebrated their accomplishment with their families, instructors and local elected officials on May 17 at Blanche Community Progress Day Care Center II in Far Rockaway.

James Sanders Jr., councilmember for District 31 in Queens and supporter of this project, attended the celebration and praised the graduates for the important role they play in their communities “I am truly blessed to continue to support programs such as the BOC Network with funding every year. Programs such as this are the lifeblood of our community. The hard working individuals who attend this program have showed true dedication against all odds and may their dreams come true. I look forward to continuing to work with BOC for many years to come,” said Sanders.

The 17 graduates of the course with Councilmember James Sanders Jr. The 17 graduates of the course with Councilmember James Sanders Jr. Licensed home-based child care providers offer high quality care to more than 50,000 children throughout New York City in small group settings. They are licensed and inspected by New York State, and must complete a minimum of 15 hours of child care education and training each year. The “Child Care Means Business” training helps fulfill those requirements, providing participants with intensive business training in the areas of marketing, record keeping and financial management as well as developing skills and successful strategies for navigating complex City and State agency requirements.

The project is a collaboration among the Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network, Child Development Support Corporation (CDSC), and South Brooklyn Legal Services.

It is designed to equip child care providers with the skills and knowledge they need to run a successful business. The nine week training is supplemented with individualized business counseling and legal services for each participant, as well as access to loans and grants for business start and expansion.

“The work that you do, it’s very important. It allows parents to go to work or to study, and to pursue their goals,” said Rosalinda Martinez from BOC Network in her address to the graduates and their families. Trainer Annette Cohen congratulated the graduates on their commitment to their profession noting that they now “have an understanding not only of children, but of what it takes to run a business.”

The project is ongoing and offers training in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

For information on training availability, contact Rosalinda Martinez at BOC Network at 718-205-3773 or RMartinez @bocnet.org.

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