Cheri M. Gioe, Merrill, Thomas A. | 4/10/2007 12:39:33 AM
Educational materials and training are available for current and potential child care operators in eight of the parishes most severely affected by the 2005 hurricanes.
The training, which focuses on the business operations of child care facilities, is being provided under a partnership between the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Social Services.
Known as the Louisiana Child Care Recovery Entrepreneurship and Training Program or LACRET, for short, the program involves an eight-week series of classes designed to provide potential or current family day care providers and child care center owners or directors with research-based information to assist in operating a quality child care program in Louisiana. It is targeted to helping such facilities rebuild or rebound in Cameron, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
"Child care plays a critical role in the infrastructure of rebuilding, because parents need quality child care programs for their children in order to work," explains LSU AgCenter child care specialist Cheri Gioe. "That’s why we want to provide those who are in the business or those who are considering it with the best possible information."
The series of workshops in the LACRET program are adapted from the Kauffman Foundation’s First Step FastTrac child care business training curriculum and cover budgeting, policies and procedures, legal issues, state licensing, staffing, needs assessments, business planning and marketing.
The program is the result of a $1 million contract between the LSU AgCenter and the state Department of Social Services. It is funded by federal Social Service Block Grant funds that were awarded to Louisiana to support the rebuilding efforts of child care following the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The workshops are free of charge to participants – although advance registration is required. Those who complete the educational series, valued at $2,500, also qualify to receive a variety of other free administrative and curriculum resources.
If interested in more information pertaining to the LACRET program contact Cheri Gioe at (225) 578-3329 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is available by visiting www.rebuildchildcare.org/includes/child_care_training.pdf.
The LSU AgCenter’s LACRET Program is designed to educate child-care providers about appropriate business practices. It is funded through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support.