CARE Child Care is the foundation of this RTSB continuum of high quality language and literacy resources. CARE Child Care is a quality improvement literacy infusion program for licensed home child care providers operating in the City of Buffalo. CARE partners with these professionals, bridging the gap between learning theory and practice, ensuring that your child receives the high quality care and individualized attention they need to be school ready.
CARE improves child care and classroom quality by working with providers/teachers in their program over two years. With the support of RTSB's early literacy intervention specialists, CARE Child Care integrates the five steps of early literacy growth - language and vocabulary, comprehension, letter knowledge, sound and print awareness - in home based child care sites and Head Start programs.
CARE Child Care scores a child care program's quality improvement efforts through the use of Environment Rating Scale (ERS) tools. ERS tools create quality improvement plans for the school year that are specific to the needs of the caregiver and the children in their care. The tool measures items in child care such as: space and furnishings, personal care routines, listening and talking, activities, interaction, program structure, parents and provider/staff.
CARE Child Care also uses age-appropriate screening measures to ensure that infants, toddlers and preschoolers' communication, problem solving, personal social and motor skills are on track. RTSB's goal, in partnership with knowledgeable and caring child care professionals, is to make sure that all children benefit from the best possible care as early as possible!
CARE Child Care, funded by a grant from the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and the Rich Family Foundation, promotes the utilization of CARE graduate sites including:
Current participating sites include:
Embedded support - work directly with providers in the context of the child care programs. Conduct fidelity observations to support the enhancement of literacy instruction and ensure it is being conducted consistently, accurately, and as intended. Use the Environment Rating Scales to assess interactions and the materials, activities and features that support interactions.
Assessments and Data - support the administration and analysis of child screening Ages and Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ-3) and other assessment data. Conduct progress monitoring to quantify students' response to instruction and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.
Planning and Reflection - time allocated to discuss observation data, analyze and interpret child data and plan for intentional instruction to meet RTSB program, child care program, and individual targets.
Professional Development - support the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills. Design and facilitate professional development modules to support providers.