Training and support for kith and kin child care providers.
The Arizona Kith and Kin Project improves the quality of care provided by "kith and kin" (family, friend and neighbor) child care providers.
Kith and kin providers care for the children of friends and family members and are, for the most part, unregulated.
The Arizona Kith and Kin Project is funded by First Things First and the Valley of the Sun United Way.
Recent national and local research has shown that kith and kin providers, particularly in low-income communities, care for more than 50 percent of children with working parents. Many families prefer this form of care due to cultural and language considerations. Yet, there is little support or training available to these child care providers.
In response, ASCC developed the "Arizona Kith and Kin Project" in March of 1999. ASCC, along with a coalition of organizations, developed the project to strengthen the quality and reliability of kith and kin child care in Arizona.
The Arizona Kith and Kin Project delivers 14 week long training-support group sessions that meet once each week for a minimum of two (2) hours.
Subjects covered in each 14-week session include:
Additional topics and speakers are presented based on the individual needs and requests of the group and need for specialized training.
The Arizona Kith and Kin Project is open to kith and kin (family, friend and neighbor) providers that are providing child care to young children. This often includes Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, neighbors and other friends.
ASCC collaborates with community organizations such as Head Starts, resource centers, faith based organizations, schools, and other non-profits to identify, recruit and deliver project services.
The Arizona Kith and Kin Project includes more than 60 community partnerships that enable the program to deliver more than 100 training-support groups. These community organizations are located within the areas served. The Arizona Kith and Kith project provides services in the following areas:
For more information about the Kith and Kin Project, please contact:
480-829-0500 x2243 (Maricopa County)
800-535-4599 x2243 (Toll Free)
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