Introduction: The landscape of childcare underwent significant transformations during the COVID-19 pandemic, with state and federal governments responding by releasing funds to support providers. Valley Family Child Care Association (VFCCA) members, consisting of both voucher and private-pay providers, found themselves grappling with the impact of uneven funding distribution. In this article, we explore the challenges and triumphs faced by these providers, shedding light on the complexities of stipends, grants, and ARPA funding during these unprecedented times. Uneven Funding and Its Impact: The dichotomy between voucher kids (state-paid) and private-pay kids became more pronounced during the pandemic. While state-funded childcare providers received support, private-pay providers navigated a tougher road. One provider… Read MoreContinue Reading
At VFCCA, we are working passionately to create a brighter future for both childcare providers and parents. We are delighted to introduce our VFCCA Advocacy Team, a group of committed individuals who work tirelessly to advocate for the future of family child care.
Wondering what advocacy is and how it impacts your world? We've curated a selection of informative videos and insightful interviews just for you. It's not only about policies and regulations; it's about how these policies influence you and your family. Join us on this journey of fostering a positive and enriching childcare experience for all.
The Unintended Consequences of Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Implementation on Child Care Providers: Advocating for the Survival of Family Child Care In the dynamic landscape of early childhood education, the advent of Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs has garnered considerable attention. While these initiatives aim to enhance educational opportunities for young learners, the potential ramifications on family child care providers cannot be ignored. The Association of Valley Family Child Care Providers (VFCCA) in Alameda County is spearheading a fervent advocacy effort to shed light on the unintended consequences that UPK and TK implementation might bring upon the child care community. With a history of… Read MoreContinue Reading
Our association’s advocacy team had the privilege of interviewing Clarissa Doutherd, who serves as the Executive Director of Parent Voices Oakland, a chapter of Parent Voices California located in the East Bay. Clarissa is a dedicated advocate who has tirelessly championed the cause of women like herself who have been adversely affected by inadequate public policies. Her unwavering commitment and passion make her an invaluable source of inspiration for all childcare providers. We are thrilled to share this insightful interview with you, where Clarissa shares her experiences and perspectives on the challenges facing childcare providers.Continue Reading