Caring Child
Annual Report 2019-2020

An Extraordinary
Year in Review

At Childcare Resources, our mission is to ensure young children are receiving quality education to build a strong foundation for life-long learning. During our last fiscal year, our team grew stronger, our supporters remained committed to our mission, and together we made a difference in the lives of children and families across our community.

Feel free to follow and explore the links below to read our 2019-2020 Annual Report, and learn more about our Extraordinary Year in Review.

Throughout this interactive report, you may see the icon to the left. Click on the image to learn more about ways our programs adjusted during the coronavirus pandemic in order to continue providing services to the community.

Rooted in Excellence

Much like a tree, Childcare Resources spent the last year growing. Strong and rooted thanks to the dedication of our team members, community partners, board members, and faithful supporters, our mission found new ways to bend and sway in the wind of a challenging and unique year.

Click the links on the tree below to learn more about those who make our agency strong.

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About Us

Childcare Resources plays three vital roles in efforts to ensure that quality child care is available and affordable in central Alabama:

  1. Train and support child care professionals, providing a sizable portion of training available in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, and Walker Counties
     

  2. Provide child care financial assistance to low-to-moderate income working families who earn too much to qualify for state subsidy programs
     

  3. Support families who are searching for child care options by providing comprehensive child care information and advocacy resources to ensure families understand the importance of the significant development that occurs in the early years that impacts later success in school and life

Watch the video below to take a virtual tour of Childcare Resources, including snapshots of our mission in action before the pandemic.
 

Training and Technical Assistance

The goal of Training and Technical Assistance is to increase the quality of child care available to children by providing education through training and technical assistance to individuals working in child care or interested in a career in early care and education.

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176

training sessions completed

391

training hours completed

225

early care programs impacted
Online Teacher
 

Resource and Referral Program

Resource and Referral provides free customized child care searches for the community.  Each search includes provider profiles to assist the family in locating quality child care as well as parent resources to support the unique needs of each individual family. 

clients utilized the Resource and Referral Program

357

called for a personal consultation

28%

conducted an on-line database search

72%

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Financial Assistance

The goal of the Supplemental Child Care Program is to help low-to-moderate income working families maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiently. This program provides financial assistance to families enrolled in the program by paying a portion of child care costs to a legally operating child care provider of their choice. 

single parent head-of-household families supported

49

children supported through the Supplemental Child Care Program

57

average annual income of enrolled families

$34,340

$48,256

direct child care payments to providers
Top Employment Sectors

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Early Learning Resource Center and Van

The goal of the Early Learning Resource Center and Van is to reduce the cost of delivering quality child care by providing child care providers access to teaching materials and resources free of charge. 

 

Early learning resources available include:

 

  • Teacher curriculum books

  • Children's literature

  • Music CD's and DVD's

  • Age-appropriate theme boxes

  • Puppets

  • Storybook kits

  • Ellison Press die-cuts

  • Lamination services

  • One-on-one consultation with a Child Development Consultant. 

The Resource Center offers free membership and is open weekdays, and the Resource Van travels 10 routes monthly. 

79

resource center patron visits

712

resource van patron visits

54

programs received curbside van services
 

RISE Program

The goal of RISE is to positively impact the quality of child care in our community by assisting providers in surpassing the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Minimum Standards for Child Care Licensing, achieving measurable improvements, and supporting the pursuit of national accreditation and re-accreditation. 

 

Directors use self-assessment tools that are research-based to help identify concrete strengths and area of needed improvement within the center. Center stipends are available to assist the program in purchasing materials to help the center achieve quality improvements and assist in paying for national accreditation fees. 

In central Alabama only 36 centers are nationally accredited, representing 8% of area child care programs.

8

participating centers
technical assistance visits

73

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Infant Toddler Program

The goal of the Infant Toddler Program is to increase the quality of child care available to infants and toddlers. 

 

The program is designed to assist classrooms in surpassing the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Minimum Standards for Child Care Licensing and to encourage directors to operate their program consistent with best practices as it pertains to teacher-child interactions in a nurturing learning environment.   

10

participating classrooms
technical assistance visits

56

 

Head Start Program

In July of 2020, Childcare Resources was named through the Office of Head Start (OHS) as a new provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services to families in Jefferson County. 

 

The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs promote a child's development through comprehensive early learning, health, and family well-being services. Childcare Resources Head Start Program operates through a partnership model with local schools, child care programs, and the community. 

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Agency Financials

Revenue
Expenses

Special Events

$135,622.00

Program Revenue

$14,027.00

Government Grants

$1,128,291.00

Contributions & Grants

$285,067.00

United Way

of Central Alabama

$611,298.00

Head Start Program

$355,482.00

Management & General

$210,630.00

Fundraising

$239,149.00

Resource & Referral

$38,193

Early Learning Resource Library & Van

$71,712

RISE Program

$81,684

Infant Toddler Program

$87,090.00

Training & Technical Assistance

$779,935.00

Supplemental Child Care Program

$176,923.00

 

Community Partners

There are many community partners who make our mission possible. We thank each and every one of our generous supporters for their steadfast support and commitment to creating brighter futures for children.

 

Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, Inc.

Alabama Department of Human Resources

Alabama Partnership for Children

Alabama Power Company

Alabama Public Television

Alabama School Readiness Alliance

Amerex Corporation

Anonymous

BB&T

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Borgosz Enterprises LLC

Borland Benefield

Bradley

CenterState Bank

Child Care Aware of America

Children's of Alabama

City of Birmingham

Clayne Crawford Foundation

Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED

Dunn-French Foundation

IBERIABANK

Ingram Equipment Company, LLC

Jefferson County, Alabama

Luckie & Company

Maynard Cooper and Gale PC

McWane, Inc.

Medical Properties Trust

Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation

Motion Industries

Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co.

Progress Bank

Protective Life Corporation

Publix Super Markets Charities

Regions Bank

Renasant Bank

Robert R. Meyer Foundation

Sixth Avenue Baptist Church

Southern Company Services, Inc.

Springer Equipment Company

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

The Hackney Foundation

The South Haven Corporation

The Thompson Foundation

The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham

United Way of Central Alabama

US Bank Foundation

Vecchia Pizzeria

VOICES for Alabama's Children

Vulcan Materials Co. Foundation

Walker Area Community Foundation

Weil Wrecker Services

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Foundation

Companies and organizations included in the list above provided support and/or resources to Childcare Resources during our 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. For questions or comments concerning this list, please contact 205-945-0018 Ext. 306.

Join Us

Each year, our mission is only possible because of the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporate sponsors, and funding agencies across our community.

Join us and create brighter futures for children across Central Alabama.