Sound Child Care Solutions Programs
Children with great early education do better in school, graduate and attend college at higher rates, and are more likely to own their home. Sound Child Care Solutions is a young non-profit creating a new way to improve education for young children. Our centers have joined together to share the business and professional development side of child care while each keeping our own name and community identity. By sharing costs, we spend less money on administration and more on children, allowing us to improve educational quality and serve more low income kids. Weaving our gifts, we nurture teachers and directors so children can thrive.
Together, we gain:
- Economic strength as a larger organization, enabling us greater stability to weather economic ebbs and flows.
- An integrated approach to professional development so we can pay deeper attention to the teaching and learning process, beyond just meeting standards. Directors can focus on educational quality so we exceed national standards like those set by the National Association for Education of Young Children. We invest in teachers as the key to child success.
- A substitute pool so that children have consistent teaching teams, critical to early learning which happens primarily through relationship.
- Financial discounts from economies of scale in business functions like benefits and purchasing of goods and services.
- Funders like to support our work because they know it will be sustainable.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In the last school year, 94%
of children at our centers reached or surpassed their developmental milestones. Among Pre-Kindergarten children, our results were even better: 97%
had the motor, social/emotional, literacy and cognitive skills school districts say they need for kindergarten. When we began in 2007, our Consortium Pilot Project was a well-developed conceptual framework, ready to be tested. Today we have 6 centers fully integrated in our consortium, serving over 450 children with excellent educational outcomes. After a careful process, SCCS is pleased to announce that a seventh center will join our consortium August 2013.
Our professional development system is in place, with a substitute pool, and structured support for and focus on the teaching and learning process. Center directors report feeling less isolated and are more focused on teachers and children rather than daily administrative tasks. Over 90% of staff reported being glad to be part of a consortium. Our audit reports continue to be outstanding. We have proven that the shared services approach saves money and improves the overall quality of childcare.
Our greatest challenge: we would love to serve even more low income children. We have long waiting lists. The need is great and the impact is significant. Your support will allow us to help even more children have the skills necessary to succeed in the elementary years.