The mission of the Maryland State Family Child Care Association is to educate, unify and advocate to strengthen the profession of family child care; enriching the lives of providers, children, families and communities.
We envision MSFCCA as leaders and experts that empower and support family child care providers with continual professional growth, networking opportunities, and collaborative relationships with stakeholders in order to enrich Family Child Care.
- We strive to achieve transparency in our decision making to engender the trust of the provider community.
- Promote leadership development to reflect the diversity of the field.
- We value the inputs of our local associations and encourage open communication.
- We honor our responsibility in acquiring and relaying pertinent information from governing bodies, stakeholders and advocates.
The following list represents measurable outcomes for MSFCCA:
Increase Quality in Family Child Care Settings
- Lobbied and advocated for increases to the child care subsidy budget, ensuring that providers received increased reimbursement rates.
- Increased the number of credentialed providers and mentored them through the process.
- Increased the number of family child care providers who have successfully completed MMSR (Maryland Model for School Readiness) and continue to advocate for providers to complete the revised version of MMSR 2013.
- Sought and obtained $779,000 in grant funding for accreditation, expansion of infant and toddler and overnight care, training, and technical assistance.
- Successfully led family child care providers through national accreditation with grant funding, providing technical assistance to so that they could successfully complete the process.
- Serve on the Office of Child Care Advisory Committee.
- Serve on the Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Governor.
- Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maryland State Department of Education and other advocacy groups to support Inclusive Child Care for all children in Maryland regardless of developmental or disability level.
- Under grants from MSDE, we have provided direct training and technical assistance to four counties in Maryland to address the barriers to accreditation, re-accreditation, increased professional development, and participation in the CACFP program.
- Initiated, chaired, and worked on the workgroup that developed the quality rating and improvement system in Maryland. A system that recognizes providers who go above and beyond.
Increase Membership at Local and State Association
- Steadily increased communication to membership.
- Reached out to local associations to offer assistance and encourage membership.
- Participated at conferences and local fairs to notify general public of benefits of family child care.
Increased Member Benefits
- Advocated on behalf of members including sponsoring legislation to benefit the profession.
- Provided free and/or reduced training to all local county associations when possible
- Provided grant writing and technical assistance when possible.