Networking: As family day care providers, we have the pleasure of caring for and loving children every day. It is a profession full of joy, laughter and growth. But, it can also be lonely and frustrating spending full days without other adults. We really need the understanding of other people who spend their days with young children.
Support: There are so many rules and regulations between state registration, Sioux Falls city registration, zoning ordinances, and food program requirements that it can become very confusing. In this group, experienced providers are able to share what has worked for them and help sort through the regulation maze.
Professionalism: We help one another build our businesses by sharing ideas that increase the quality of the care we provide and the relationships we maintain with the families we serve. We offer referrals to each other. Daycare providers are gaining status as a professional group and we see it as our job to continue this trend by building one another up.
Sioux Empire Child Care Network Program Goals
To be of support to both new and experienced providers by providing resources, networking opportunities (locally and across the state), and examples of common child care business practices.
To support and encourage the professional growth of each provider by providing high quality classes or tutorials , a knowledge of continuing educational opportunities in our area, mentorship opportunities, CDA support, leadership opportunities, the pathways program, and a knowledge or introduction to professional organizations (AEYC, NAFCC, etc. ).
To positively model professional growth and development.
To provide accurate information to those providers seeking City and State registration. To support the need for standards when dealing with the health and safety of children. Providing background or a better understanding for the need of those standards.
To provide a greater understanding of the natural behaviors and development of children.
To educate and encourage providers to take on children with disabilities.
To encourage and provide models for building partnerships with parents. To provide an understanding of how these partnerships better meet the needs of children.
To provide support, education, and resources in the following areas: provider health, stress management, recording keeping, tax preparation, curriculum options, designs for daycare settings, healthy menu planning, building partnerships with parents, services available to parents, resource file development, etc.
To provide both support and education to parents on finding quality child care homes and on maintaining professional relationships with providers.
To provide support to state and local offices: ECE, state licensing, Helpline, S.Dak. Alliance for Children, City Government, etc. To promote the importance of advocating for parents and children.