Philadelphia Family Child Care Collaborative Project
William Penn Foundation
This project facilitated a group of stakeholders in the city of Philadelphia to plan a collaborative network of organizations to support quality improvement and professional development and leadership in family child care. The goal was to create a coordinated system of supports for providers from pre-certification through accreditation.
Two briefs were developed as well as a set of planning tools from the stakeholder convenings.
The first brief describes how an evaluation of a family child care network in Philadelphia led to consensus around the need to build a city-wide coordinated strategy for supporting family child care. The brief describes the process and activities used to engage stakeholders and outcomes from the first phase of this effort to build a city-wide collaborative network. The brief also includes tools from the project which may be helpful for communities and states that seek to better coordinate their services for family child care through a similar process.
The second brief presents a conceptual framework for a family child care collaborative with recommendations for structures and approaches to coordinating services, building collaborations between agencies and providers, and developing provider leadership and voice.
The tool-kit includes agendas, PowerPoints, discussion activities, and mapping charts used in stakeholder meetings.