At the most basic level, the job of a child care facilitator involves helping families locate quality child care facilities for their children. The job involves building relationships with various community groups, providing access to information, and ensuring all recommended child care centers are safe and appropriate.
Building and Maintaining Community Relationships
In order to provide families with information about child care facilities available to them, the facilitator must keep her finger on the pulse of the available resources in the community. She must build relationships with social services agencies that families can turn to for funding or support, such as county or state family resource centers, for example. In some jobs, the facilitator may also be responsible for helping families apply for child care assistance or may assess applications to determine whether a family is eligible for assistance. The focus of the facilitator's attention includes home day cares, preschools and aftercare programs.
Site Visits and Assessments
Before a facilitator can recommend a child care center, he may be responsible for inspecting the facility for compliance with all applicable child care laws. That might include ensuring the presence of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, as well as completion by facility managers of paperwork required to secure a state license. If the facility is not in compliance, the facilitator may help the managers follow the steps needed to pass the inspections. The facilitator may also help child care facilities develop an age-appropriate curriculum or review existing curriculum materials.
Providing Information to Families
Armed with the knowledge of the available local resources, the child care facilitator disseminates the information to families. This might include creating posters and flyers about child care facilities to be put up in the office where the facilitator receives families. The facilitator might help maintain a website offering information about current child care openings or the application processes, and may also attend outreach events to recruit families. The facilitator may also make other resources available to families at the office, such as a lending library of books on healthy parenting or child care topics.
To become a child care facilitator, you'll typically need a bachelor's degree in child development, early childhood education or a related field. Having experience in case management or in managing others can also help, as the job may require working closely with families in crisis as well as managing a support staff. In general, the job requires patience, organization, and strong communication skills. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish salary data on child care facilitators, according to the jobs website Indeed, child care facilitators earned an average salary of $39,000 as of the date of publication.
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