The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) at Concordia University, St. Paul has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Development Services unit for a new Health and Safety Pilot Initiative. This new initiative will provide voluntary supports focused on health and safety best practices to licensed child care programs throughout Minnesota.
“This new program will enable us to provide coaching so child care will have better tools to provide safe and healthy environments,” Director of the Center for Inclusive Child CareCindy Croft said. “We (CICC) already provide statewide inclusion coaching to help children with special needs be successfully included in child care programs, so this grant will help us expand those efforts.”
Health and Safety Specialist’s will work one-on-one with new or existing child care programs interested in enhancing their quality of care provided to children and families. Relationship-based coaching services will be available in the areas of child and adult safety; health promotion; disease prevention and culturally responsive care. The award is $1.4 million for 30 months beginning February 2017.
The CICC is housed in the College of Education and is a state-funded organization.