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Body of workers Highlight: CCAP Schooling Specialist Unit

Body of workers Highlight: CCAP Schooling Specialist Unit
Body of workers Highlight: CCAP Schooling Specialist Unit

Kid care is an very important a part of our town’s infrastructure, permitting numerous households to give a contribution to the economic system inside of necessary roles in healthcare, trade, training, provider industries, and extra. However in spite of the price of kid care inside of a wholesome and colourful town, the kid care occupation is in large part nonetheless an undervalued and underpaid profession, and person who has been in disaster prior to and much more so because the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Inside the Division of Schooling and Early Studying, a staff of CCAP Schooling Experts make stronger kid care suppliers partnering with the Town of Seattle as a part of the Kid Care Help Program (CCAP). A lot of Seattle’s kid care companies, together with each home-based and center-based care, are owned and operated by means of Black, Indigenous, immigrant, or refugee girls of colour, and DEEL’s CCAP Schooling Experts paintings carefully with those suppliers to make stronger their enjoy contracting with the Town. Schooling Experts (or Ed Specifications, as they’re once in a while referred to) paintings carefully with DEEL’s Exchange Staff, a part of the Town’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, to advance fairness in kid care by means of offering sources and technical help to navigate systemic limitations and development higher get admission to to fine quality, reasonably priced childcare for Seattle households.

CCAP Senior Schooling Specialist Suzette Espinoza-Cruz (middle) and Schooling Specialist Deadru Hilliard (proper) lend a hand distribute Non-public Protecting Apparatus to kid care suppliers early within the pandemic.

The obligations of a CCAP Schooling Specialist come with onboarding new kid care companions and supporting gotten smaller suppliers who serve Seattle’s numerous neighborhood of households who’re enrolled within the CCAP program, which is helping duvet the prices of kid take care of income-eligible households who are living in Seattle and feature a kid 12 years or more youthful. CCAP Ed Specifications additionally make stronger Seattle kid care suppliers in assembly high quality measures, together with state licensing and the statewide High quality Ranking Growth Gadget referred to as Early Achievers. Jointly, DEEL’s Schooling Specialist staff has a long time of enjoy as program administrators, kid care licensors, experts, skilled running shoes for the Washington State Coaching And Registry Gadget (STARS), early finding out educators and early life construction program workforce, which is helping to tell their paintings with Seattle suppliers.

DEEL Early Studying Deputy Department Director Leilani Dela Cruz and Kid Care Program Supervisor Melissa Bookwalter at a COVID-19 vaccine get admission to tournament for kid care suppliers in spring 2021.

DEEL is thankful for the determination and dedication to Seattle youngsters and households proven by means of the neighborhood of kid care suppliers in addition to the paintings of the Ed Spec unit to make stronger the ones suppliers and reinforce Seattle’s kid care neighborhood. Should you or a circle of relatives you recognize is searching for lend a hand paying for kid take care of youngsters from delivery to twelve years previous or you’re a kid care supplier this is inquisitive about becoming a member of CCAP, please touch DEEL at  www.seattle.gov/ccap. For more info concerning the CCAP Schooling Specialist staff, please achieve out to [email protected]