For working parents, childcare is often a priority and finding a safe, quality provider takes a lot of work. But Local 5 found one local organization that can help.
For every parent who has put a child in day care, there is concern. Much of which boils down to personal safety.
“When you give your child outside of the home – you want to make sure they are taken care of properly,” said Molly Carey, a mother from Green Bay.
And at Family and Childcare Resources of N.E.W. the mission is to connect parents with quality care options – that they can trust.
“If they didn’t need childcare before because kids were in school, they are looking for it now, since it’s summertime,” said Paula Bresse, the organization’s executive director.
Since 2008 the non-profit has been supplying parents in a seven-county region, information on some 250 childcare providers in the area which comply with the state’s requirements of care, which include caregiver background checks.
“All the programs in our data base are regulated by either the state or the county,” Breese said.
A parent can call and ask for referrals – based on specific needs.
“Ages of the children, where are they looking for childcare, what kind of things are they looking for in their childcare program,” Breese said.
That referral generates a list of providers that parents work off of – many of which are also rated under the state’s YoungStar program.
“Childcare programs are rated 1- 5 stars – just like restaurants are,” said Breese.
With YoungStar, ratings are based on criteria like learning environment, child well-being and provider training. At the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center these standards are stressed for employees hired for the upcoming kids summer camp.
“We want to do everything we can to make sure they learn from us, and they are able to grow and able to have fun and be safe,” said Kevin Reeder of Salvation Army.
And for 540 families last year the first step in the search for a provider started right here at Family and Childcare Resources of N.E.W.