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opening doors to child care Childcare Resources 2016-2017 Annual Report | Page 4-6

save the date

12th Annual Fairy Tale Ball Saturday, August 25

spring cleaning

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from the desk of Executive Director, Joan Wright “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush.” These opening lines from “Spring,” a poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins, describe the vibrancy of spring: leaves returning to trees, flowers blooming, more sunlight and an array of colors. The sights and sounds of spring speak of life and growth. Spring is a delightful time to nurture growth and development in children too! Out of desperation, a mother recently shared with me her concerns for her 4-year old boy who is struggling with anger outbursts. His behavior is disruptive and often results in him having to leave his child care. I encouraged her to spend time with her son to understand the source of his frustration. She shared that as a single, working mother who is also in school to become a nurse, she feels as if she is not meeting her son’s needs. I reassured her that if she only has brief intervals of time to spend with her son reading, or playing, or talking about his emotions, that would greatly impact her young boy. A seed in the ground takes time to evolve into the plant it is destined to become. Along the way, it needs some sunshine, water, and nourishment. It will also have to push through the soil, encounter storms, and weather less than ideal temperatures. Children take time to reach their potential and along the way they need the same nurturing resources to help them develop. And along that journey they will undoubtedly encounter life’s storms. Children, like plants are resilient, especially when afforded more nourishment then trials. During this season of blossoming and growth, what steps can you take to encourage a young child to reach their potential? What shelter from the storms could you provide? It doesn’t take much: Read a book. Take a walk in the park. Talk about the new colors and sounds around you. Children value most time with caring adults, especially, and research shows most profoundly, actual face-to-face time. Soon the flowers will be in full bloom with the right ingredients. Children are young for such a brief moment of their life. Discover how you may be able to set the stage for them to blossom.

2018 Board of Directors

Darren C. Allen E. Hayes Arendall Harrison Bishop Mary Blankson, MD Molly Bruce Jason L. Bryant

Jason Cook Jennifer Couch Carol Muse Evans K. Christine Fontana, Esq. Vickie Gamble Mitchell D. Greggs

Brett W. Aaron Lauren Andrews Hannah Avery Laura Boyles Wes Bulgarella


Keith Johnson Samika L. Williams Terralance Thurman Martina Winston Steve Rueve Joan Wright Christopher E. Holmes Michael Humber Joshua D. Jones, Esq. Adrienne Moore Rick Morris Rosevelt Morris, DMin

Martin Nalls Terrica Richardson Corlette Stewart-Burns Michael F. Walker Michael Wilson, PhD Veronique Zimmerman-Brown,PhD

2018 Junior Board


Stephen Burton Nicholas CaJacob, MD Parris Christian Chloe Farmer Ashley Hanson, MD

Heidi Ramey Amorice N. Law Misty Paul Lauren E. Leach Chelsie Coker

Andrea Hendricks, PhD Carolyne Jones Hess Jackson King Beth Lovett Lauren Mertins

Miya Moore Ashley Rhea Jennifer L. Rowe Justin Schilling Matthew T. Scully

Kathleen R. Sherwood Katie Shuey Corey Spraberry Amy Swindle-English James Williams

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Save the Date for our 12th Annual Fairy Tale Ball

Help make dreams come true at the 12th Annual Fairy Tale Ball! With entertainment and dancing, fairy tale characters, an incredible silent auction, interactive candy bar, activities for the children and more, this is one evening your family won’t want to miss!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 5:30pm to 8:30pm Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel Family Ticket: $200 Includes up to 2 adults and 2 children Adult Ticket: $90 Admits 1 individual age 13 and older Child Ticket: $20 Admits 1 child age 12 and younger* *All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 years of age are free to attend.

Mark your calendars... tickets go on sale June 1! SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION Sponsorships available now! Visit for details. • $20,000 *NEW* Exclusive Presenting Sponsor • $15,000 Archduke Sponsor • $10,000 Marquess Sponsor • $7,500 *NEW* Exclusive Silent Auction Sponsor • $5,000 Viscount Sponsor • $2,500 Baron Sponsor • $1,500 Baronet Sponsor • $800 Knight Sponsor

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Introducing our new board and junior board members Welcome to our new Board and Junior Board Members:

Board of Directors

Vickie Gamble, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Rick Morris, R2 Consulting Terrica Richardson, Wells Fargo Corlette Stewart-Burns, UAB Michael Wilson, PhD, Glen Iris Elementary School

Junior Board

Lauren Andrews, Creek View Elementary School Hannah Avery, Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith Laura Boyles, Birmingham Business Alliance Wes Bulgarella, Balch & Bingham LLP Parris Christian, Sirote & Permutt PC Ashley Hanson, MD, UAB School of Medicine Beth Lovett, Cohn Early Childhood Learning Center Lauren Mertins, Burr & Forman LLP Corey Spraberry, The Kirklin Clinic at UAB Amy Swindle-English, Birthday Culture Jimmy Williams, Balch & Bingham LLP

spring cleaning

share your most loved books with children in the community Childcare Resources’ Early Learning Resource Library and Van offer an array of free resources and services for early care educators including children’s books, musical CD’s and tapes, teacher resource books, puppet story book kits, research on early childhood topics and more. These materials can be checked out by educators, for free, and shared with the children in their classrooms.

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As you start your Spring Cleaning, please consider donating any of your most loved books to Childcare Resources to be shared with children in our community through the Resource Library and Van. All books appropriate for children ages birth to five are welcome; a few “Wish List” titles include: • • • •

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Llama Llama and Friends Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century JoJo and the Magic Trick

To drop off your donation: 205-945-0018 Ext. 306

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Supplemental Child Care Program

“When I sudde I knew I neede I did a general only returned 1 which offered Thankfully, my amazed at how listing of child found elsewhe the programs I as well as addi program really without them!

157 families received assistance for 179 children $184,331 was paid directly to child care providers to supplement child care costs

29% of child care costs were saved by families

Resource &

$27,041 average annual family income

582 families searched for 87% of fam 82% of families received 32,547 ref

Top Employment Sectors




Financial/ Banking Retail/ Sales Education

Requests fo


31% Infants


Sophie was just six weeks old when her mother, Mary, first started having trouble making ends meet. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was a new mom, working long hours to provide for our family, and child care was so expensive,” Mary says. That’s when a friend told her about Childcare Resources. “The struggles of a single parent seem as though they will never end, so hearing we were approved for the Supplemental Child Care Program (SCCP) was the happiest news I had received in a long time.” “Since finding out I was pregnant, making sure my little one is safe and loved has been my first priority. Thanks to Childcare Resources, money isn’t as tight, bills are being paid, and Sophie is able to attend a quality child care program while I am at work each day.”




Financial In Program Revenue $29,895

Special Events $132,486

Government Grants $564,379 Contributions & Grants* $439,047

Parent Educ & Resou $24

Resource & Re $3 Early Resource Libr

United Way $640,201


Mary and Sophie, SCCP Participants *Includes one-time funding of $169,789 for agency reserve fund

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enly found myself taking care of my two children alone, ed to find child care and I needed to find it quickly. internet search but it left me feeling defeated as it 1 or 2 child care centers near my work, neither of the unique care needed for my son with special needs. y mother told me about Childcare Resources. I was w quickly they were able to provide me with a customized care centers that was much longer than anything I had ere. They also provided me with a checklist to make sure I chose for my children were providing high quality care, itional resources for my son. The Resource and Referral y was a lifesaver. I’m not sure what I would have done !” Michael, Resource & Referral Program Client

& Referral

r child care options for their

753 children

milies needed full-time child care a listing of 6 or more providers in their search

ferrals provided to the community

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School Age


Fundraising $188,151 Management & General $213,218

eferral 37,308 y Learning rary & Van $55,790 RISE Program $77,614

ant Toddler Program $81,393

221 Training Sessions offered

for a total of

621 Training Hours

1,396 early care professionals attended trainings Child Care Providers in Our Service Area (as of April 2017)


185 Licensed Centers


288 Exempt Centers

Family Day Care Homes Child Care Centers

Accreditation, Quality & Licensing


3 child care centers participated in RISE to achieve national accreditation. 2 centers submitted applications for accreditation; 1 center achieved re-accreditation. IMPACT: 10 directors; 174 teachers; 723 children

Infant Toddler

4 child care centers with 11 classrooms completed the program. 100% of classrooms achieved 80% or more of their quality improvement plan. IMPACT: 6 directors; 27 teachers; 73 children

DHR Licensing


cation urces 4,966

Training & Technical Assistance

Training & Technical Assistance $670,347

Supplemental Child Care Program $274,052

4 exempt child care centers worked toward achieving DHR Licensing. 2 centers are currently in the licensing process.

“Working with the wonderful team at Childcare Resources has opened my eyes to more fully understand that what we do as child care providers is not about us. It’s about the little ones in our care each and every day. It’s about making sure they are loved and are being taken care of in a safe environment where they can learn and be nurtured. I am so grateful for all they do, but especially for the confidence and knowledge they’ve given me to make sure I’m not just doing my job, but that I’m doing it right and doing it well!” Rosemary, Child Care Provider *Reaching Improvement through Self-Evaluation

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sky’s the limit Join us for our 2018 Training Confrence


SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 8:00AM TO 3:15PM Metropolitan Church of God



Back by popular demand, Childcare Resources’ Sky’s the Limit Conference will provide attendees with current, innovative and entertaining information to help make them the best child care providers and early educators possible. This year’s theme is What I Like About YOU! and will focus on matters of diversity, social-emotional behavior, special needs, administration and management, and workplace environment presented in breakout sessions, as well as a dynamic opening performance by “The Super Fun Show” himself, Shawn Brown.




Visit or call 205-945-0018 Ext. 300 for registration info


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partners in philanthropy Thank you to The Women’s Fund of Birmingham for their generous support In January, The Women’s Fund formally announced its 2018 Grant Recipients, awarding fourteen incredible non-profit organizations a total of over $500,000 to help strengthen the economic security of low-income women and their families in an effort to work to end intergenerational poverty in Greater Birmingham. At a grants luncheon hosted by Regions Bank on February 1, Childcare Resources was among the organizations recognized as a grantee recipient for 2018. The Women’s Fund granted a generous $40,000 contribution to Childcare Resources to support the Supplemental Child Care Program, making a significant and meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of families who are currently enrolled in the program. Childcare Resources is honored and humbled to be among such a wonderful group of grantees, and apprecaites the continued generosity of their partners in philanthropy—The Women’s Fund of Birmingham.

brighter futures

An exciting update on our 2018 Next Generation Campaign In December of 2017, Childcare Resources launched our 2018 Next Generation Campaign to raise valuable dollars to support children, families and child care providers who benefit from our programs and services every day. We are so grateful to all who have supported the campaign thus far, especially Alice and Tom Williams who kicked-off the campaign with a matching gift of $5,000! We are thrilled to report that as of February 1, 2018, we have already raised 75% of our 2018 goal of $40,000 thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations in our community!

Help us reach 100% by making your contribution to Childcare Resources today through any of the methods below: • Mail a check to Childcare Resources at the address below: 244 W Valley Ave Ste 200, Birmingham, AL 35209 • Make your gift online by visiting and click on the red DONATE button in the upper right corner • Stop by our offices to make your gift in person—we love visitors!

Every $ makes a difference for children and families in our community. The Resource | Spring 2018

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new faces

Welcome to the Childcare Resources team

Beth Nelson, Administrative Assistant

Beth joined Childcare Resources in December 2017. A graduate of Southeast College of Technology, Beth is a resourceful and accomplished individual with 27 years comprehensive experience in fast-paced environments. With diverse one-tier customer care skills as well as exceptional clerical expertise, Beth is very effective in her new position and is thrilled to now call Childcare Resources her home.

Beth Nelson

Kewana Stanton, Resource Library Specialist

Kewana is excited to be part of the Childcare Resources team as the new Resource Library Specialist as some of her fondest memories as a child were reading books and going to the library. With more than 10 years of experience as both a pre-school teacher and director, Kewana is a gradulate of Miles College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development. When Kewana is not working, she enjoys reading and relaxing.

on the move

Kewana Stanton

Congratulations to our recently promoted employees

Kelly Barton, Child Development Consultant I

A graduate of both Wichita State University and The University of Alabama with a degree in Psychology and Human Development as well as Family Studies, Kelly has over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood. She has been involved previously with research, teaching preschool, directing child care programs, teaching college students, and training early childhood professionals. When she’s not working, she enjoys shopping and photographing at the farmers market, or can be found at home whipping up a new recipe.

Kelly Barton

Amy Bradley, Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator

Amy has been a member of the Provider Education and Support Department at Childcare Resources for the past three years. Her background in early childhood education as a teacher, center director, licensing consultant, and education specialist for Head Start provided a perfect foundation for her new position as Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Childcare Resources. Amy looks forward to new opportunities through her position to continue supporting children and families in our early care community.

Amy Bradley

Beckie McRee, Child Development Consultant I

As of May 1, Beckie will have been an employee of Childcare Resources for 11 years! With a degree in Family and Child Development with a concentration in Administration, Beckie’s past experience is extensive and includes teaching children from age 2 all the way through 3rd grade. Additionally, Beckie has worked as an independent consultant for church child care centers, a QRIS Assessor for PAS and ITERS-R, and also has more than 30 years of experience as a child care center Director. Beckie McRee

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fun activities to do with your kids this

wish list

Donating items from our wish list helps offset operational costs, allowing for more dollars to further our programs and directly support the children, families and providers we serve.

Administrative Support

bring out the bubbles

Bubbles are always a hit! If you want to get fancy, try making giant bubbles using a plastic kiddie pool, a mixture of dish soap and water, and a giant hula hoop.

play in the park

There are beautiful parks and green spaces throughout our community. Bring a picnic basket with you and enjoy your lunch under the sunshine.

hunt for insects

Spring time brings lots of little critters out to play. Go on a safari and try to identify as many different ones as you can. You can also talk about which ones are your favorites (and your least favorites)!

become a chalk artist

Take the sidewalk chalk outside and channel your inner PIccaso! Talk about the different colors and shapes you’re drawing.

go on a nature walk

Collect leaves and rocks along the way and talk about the different sights, sounds and smells you experience outside.

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White Copy Paper (Letter & Legal Size) Staples Legal Pads Kleenex Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Lysol Disinfecting Spray Black & Red Sharpie Markers White No. 10 Mailing Envelopes HP LaserJet P1102W Ink Cartridges Postage Stamps Standard Size File Folders

Program Support

3� Black Binders 8 Tab Page Dividers White or Colored Cardstock Glue Sticks Scissors (Adult Size) Poster Board (Assorted Colors) PlayDough (Small Containers) Llama Llama & Fancy Nancy Books Clipboards Ziploc Bags (Quart & Gallon) Puppet Theater Lumens LCD Mini Portable Projector Packing & Masking Tape Black Sharpie Markers

Deliver Donations To: Childcare Resources ATTN: Development Department 244 W Valley Ave Ste 200 Birmingham, AL 35209

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Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Birmingham, AL Permit #4550 244 W Valley Ave Ste 200 Birmingham, AL 35209-3616

agency grants Thank you for advancing our mission!

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, $15,000 to support the Early Learning Demonstration Classroom

Alabama Partnership for Children, $34,500 for Strengthening Families and TA Framework

Children’s of Alabama, $5,000

in support of our 2018 Sky’s the Limit Training Conference

United Way of Central Alabama, $10,000 from the Advancement Fund for Bold Goals Early Learning Action Network


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