Rural Communities Child Care
Program Director – Teri Sedrick
Tel: 707-263-4688 ext. 410
Rural Communities Child Care provides child care for low-income families and continuing education for child care providers.
Brief Program Description: Rural Communities Child Care (RCCC) is made up of several programs to provide care for children from low-income families.
R&R - The Resource and Referral program provides free child care referrals to child care facilities and community resources and events, free information on starting and managing a family child care home business or child care center, and resource lending library for child care providers and parents. Specialized workshops are offered for parents and child care providers on family related topics. The program also provides a community resource directory and quarterly newsletter.
AP - The Alternative Payment program subsidizes child care payments for eligible families who are working, in school or training or participating in a welfare-to-work activity.
CCFP - Child Care Food Program reimburses family child care providers who provide nutritious meals and snacks to children. Ongoing nutrition training is provided.
FCCHEN - The Family Child Care Home Education Network provides subsidized childcare services for eligible families who are working, in school or training, or looking for work. A select group of family childcare homes provide specialized early childhood development services and developmental assessments.
Who We Serve: Children, families and child care providers through education, resources, and the promotion of quality child care services. RCCC provides advocacy for children, parents and child care providers.
Established: The program was established in 1975 and is funded through contracts with the California Department of Education, Child Development Division.
Funding We Bring to Our Community: In 2018, our budget is approximately 7 million dollars. Since the program’s inception, we’ve brought more than 245 million dollars to our community.
How We Operate: The role of RCCC is to provide a multifaceted approach to help families. We support parents with case management services and the growth and development of their children are supported with enrollment in programs specific to need. In addition, the infrastructure of the child care community is strengthened. We provide a variety of direct services including individual conferences with families, determination of family eligibility, family needs assessment, assisting families with accessing services, referring families to other community resources, educating parents, maintaining eligibility lists, doing business with child care providers as independent contractors and providing technical assistance to parents and child care providers. We support the family, the child, and the child care community through resources, subsidy and technical assistance.
Our staff takes pride in our work and our commitment to and responsibility for the children and families we serve. We strive to maintain a non-judgmental attitude in supportive relationships with each other and clients. We believe in fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect, open communication and cooperation. We strive to practice healthy boundaries, separating work values, and balance these qualities with compassion, mutual support and flexibility. We recognize initiative, self-discipline and positive attitudes as leadership qualities and strive to foster these qualities among all staff.
How Many People We Serve: RCCC is currently serving 512 families, which include 925 children through the Alternative Payment Program alone. There are 391 active child care providers providing child care to families enrolled on the Alternative Payment Program in Lake and Mendocino Counties.
The Child Care Food Program (CCFP) is currently serving 672 children and reimbursing 64 providers for nutritious meals served to children while in their care.