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Child Care Matters

Now More than Ever Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network

2007-2008 Annual Report

DeSarae LeGrand

2008 Highlights

is a veteran child care professional who has served children and families on Minneapolis’ North Side for over 14 years. LeGrande’s program, Your Care My Care, was honored this year with a four-star Parent Aware rating. “I wake up every morning knowing that I need to get moving because the parents I work with need me ready for the day so they can get to work. I also think about the children in my program and know that if I can give them good experiences and good relationships, today and every day, it will change their lives for the better, forever. I am proud to be a four-star child care provider. Parent Aware has offered me opportunities—which

Because 90 percent of brain development occurs before

mean opportunities for the kids—to better my program, through

age 5, the quality of child care and early education children

education and dollars to purchase new books and learning toys.

receive is important. In an effort to help the community

A stronger program means these children are better prepared for

better understand which programs are delivering the type of

school and everything after.”

quality, nurturing care that will prepare babies, toddlers and preschoolers for school, a group of community and public

“My daughter is so well cared for here and

partners have launched Parent Aware: A Rating Tool for

she is so proud of all she’s learning with

Selecting Quality Child Care and Early Education.

DeSarae: letters, colors, how to work out a

To date, 250 child care/early education programs have

problem with a friend. And I have the type

received Parent Aware ratings or are in process.

of peace of mind every parent should have. I look at her happy face and how open her mind is and I know we’re in the right place.”

Amina Dioury of Brooklyn Center, mother of 3-year-old Sadiya who attends Your Care My Care.

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Child care professionals get Minnesotans to work each day.

behalf of both parents and their caregivers to ensure that each

They educate and nurture our children. As difficult financial

child is spoken to, read to and supported in their learning every

times face our state and country this year, we are reminded

day. Child Care Resource & Referral services have played a key

that Minnesota’s families need child care.

role in supporting this vision and equipping the community to deliver on it.

This year’s annual report is filled with the personal stories of child care professionals and families. Their stories reveal families

Join me in working toward quality care and education for every child,

thriving with the help of dependable child care and families on the brink, hoping their child care bills can be paid this month. They tell the story of child care professionals striving to nurture each child in their care, balance their books and hit the books

Ann McCully

to better their programs. They also reflect a determination on

Executive Director The Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network


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Tammy Oveson

2008 Highlights

has cared for and educated children in her in-home family child care program just outside the St. Cloud area for over 20 years. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her for-credit learning through Eager-to-Learn, the online learning program of the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network. “I feel strongly that child care and early childhood education are not separate entities. Child care providers are teachers and are very capable of preparing children for school success when given good training on the proper ways to do so. I have pursued my own education to further the education of these children. A few years back, I faced the double bind of working in a field that can be very isolating and at the same time incredibly hectic and demanding in terms of time. I was always interested in finding a community of child care providers and pursuing higher education. I was challenged to find a schedule that worked for me. Eagerto-Learn has been an amazing answer for my professional development needs. Eager-to-Learn held 68 classes this year for over

“Now I look around my program and think, ‘These 10 children are

820 participants.

headed off to kindergarten ready.‘ I spend time every day reading to them and listening to their stories. Children who have strong early literacy skills become confident learners, a trait that is likely to follow them throughout their educational journey. Teaching them that they are important and focusing in on early literacy skills helps these children make sense of the world and be a part of it. I am proud of them.”

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Why does child care matter in Minnesota? The best way to ensure a healthy economy tomorrow is to prepare

need quality care. With current numbers of Minnesota children in

tomorrow’s workforce for success. Educators, policy makers and

licensed child care topping 367,000* and over 14,000 licensed/

parents agree: Quality early learning is the best way to prepare our

regulated care facilities operating in the state, child care is a key

youngest citizens for school and life. School age children continue to

component of Minnesota’s economic, social and educational picture.


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In Minnesota, 75 percent of families use child care

Parents and child care professionals are struggling

When Minnesota families cannot find or afford dependable

Despite the low wages child care professionals typically earn,

child care their bottom line suffers as does the productivity of

child care bills add up to more than many parents can pay.

the state. In 2008, parents faced increased difficulty finding

This is because young children need one-on-one attention

and affording care.

from caregivers to have safe and productive days. This need has led our state to maintain small class/group sizes. This means parents are responsible for a large portion of their caregivers’ bottom line and that child care is the one area of the educational system in which we expect parents to foot the whole bill. The Bureau of Labor statistics reports that in Minnesota, child care workers earn an average of $8.57 per hour. Minnesota has seen a net loss of child care programs across the state since 2003 (with a total of 1,441 closings). Each closure is a three-fold loss, representing the disappearance of the providers in question, the loss of the training and on-thejob experience they take with them, and the stability and close relationships that help children learn.

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Why does CCR&R matter in Minnesota child care? The Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) community throughout Minnesota works to educate parents about their child

CCR&R is an essential community partner and information source

care options, offers continuing education to child care providers

• This year, 1,657 Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers received education and/or grant dollars through their

and strives to inform the community at large on child care.

local Child Care Resource & Referral agency. Family,

CCR&R is a trusted resource for parents

Friend and Neighbor caregivers provide legal, unlicensed

• This year, 32,962 parents received child care referrals and

care for children who are a part of their extended family,

information on quality through our personalized phone

neighborhood or circle of friends.

service or through

• CCR&R staffers created and sustained critical community

CCR&R is an important partner in improving care

relationships across the state. Our goal is to partner with

• This year CCR&R sponsored or cosponsored 2,220 trainings

other organizations to reach out to those in need of

and conferences for child care professionals. These

child care/early learning information and ensure that

sessions were attended by 34,128 child care professionals.

child care issues are among those addressed by Minnesota communities.

• Over $2 million was delivered in grants to improve quality in child care by allowing providers to improve their

Sources: *Estimated number of children who spend some portion of their day in a licensed/regulated care program.

programs and keep their businesses viable.

Wilder Research. Child Care Use in Minnesota: 2004 Statewide Household Child Care Survey. 2004. Note: 2006 American Community Survey. Estimates subject to sampling error. Please refer to source documentation for more information: Wilder Research. Child Care Resource and Referral: Results of Referral Outcomes Follow-up Surveys, July 2007 through June 2008. 2008. Wilder Research. Child Care Workforce in Minnesota: 2006 Statewide Study of Demographics, Training and Professional Development. 2006. Wilder Research. Child Care Use in Minnesota: 2004 Statewide Household Child Care Survey. 2004. Wilder Research. Family, Friend and Neighbor Caregivers: Results of the Minnesota Statewide Household Child Care Survey. 2006.


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Statement of Financial Position

Network Expenditures by Program Area 2007-2008

September 30, 2008 (With Comparative Totals for 2007) 2008


Management**: 4%


Parent Aware: 17%

Cash Cash-restricted Total cash

$ 462,605 667,535 1,130,140

Certificates of deposit Grants receivable Contributions receivable Prepaid expenses Total current assets

304,135 – 665,423 452,615 125,000 7,500 19,928 15,790 2,244,626 1,954,592

Equipment Less accumulated depreciation

67,548 (42,331) 25,217

46,621 (34,788) 11,833

Total assets

$ 2,269,843

$ 1,966,425

$ 416,913 1,061,774 1,478,687

CCR&R System Support: 39%

Other*: 15%

$ 25,262 228,000 70,043 1,216,268 1,539,573

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA & R.E.E.T.A.I.N programs: 25%

*Other includes statewide conference and Surge Support funds. **Management includes: management, administration and fundraising costs.

2007-2008 Donors/Funding Sources

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Accounts payable R.E.E.T.A.I.N. scholarships payable Accrued expenses Refundable advances Total current liabilities

Eager-to-Learn: 7%

Minnesota Department of Human Services

$ 19,113 190,500 50,257 1,101,595 1,361,465

McKnight Foundation Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Rochester Area Foundation Sheltering Arms Foundation

Net assets: Unrestricted net assets Temporarily restricted net assets Total net assets

412,445 317,825 730,270

375,166 229,794 604,960

Total liabilities and net assets

$ 2,269,843

$ 1,966,425

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Minnesota Office of Higher Education Minnesota Early Learning Foundation National Women’s Law Center Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation


Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets For the Year Ended September 30, 2008 (With Comparative Totals for 2007) Unrestricted

2008 Temporarily restricted



Support and revenue: Government contracts $ 2,735,267 $ - $ 2,735,267 $ 2,097,327 Contributions 10,000 263,000 273,000 112,510 Program income 60,606 - 60,606 74,760 Investment income 26,042 - 26,042 41,899 Miscellaneous 3,239 - 3,239 1,017 Net assets released from restrictions upon satisfaction of program restrictions 174,969 (174,969) - Total support and revenue

3,010,123 88,031 3,098,154


Expenses: Program services Management and general Fundraising

2,845,251 120,622 6,971

- 2,845,251 - 120,622 - 6,971

2,291,401 85,888 7,485

Total expenses


- 2,972,844


Change in net assets

Net assets, beginning of year

Net assets, end of year

$ 412,445

37,279 88,031


375,166 229,794 604,960 $ 317,825

$ 730,270


662,221 $ 604,960

(A full copy of our audited financial statement is available upon request.)


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Jamie Weigel

2008 Highlights

is a family child care provider serving families in the northern reservation community of White Earth. She attends several high school graduation parties each year for children she cared for as infants and young preschoolers. She considers herself a part of these successes and celebrates with their parents and other teachers. “Young children need the caring community we child care providers create for them. They are listening and are ready to learn from the beginning. If we can encourage their interest in the world and ensure they get the attention they need, well then they can do anything. I’ve seen it!” Weigel recently received a T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA scholarship, which allowed her to earn a two-year associate degree in Child Development. “I simply would not have had the opportunity to return to school without the help of T.E.A.C.H. I have learned so much about caring for children, what they need and what they’re really capable of,” she says. “Learning does not The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Minnesota Program

begin at kindergarten. Parents and I plant the seeds and then

awarded 194 scholarships this year.

watch them grow.”

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. awarded 116 workforce retention grants

Weigel also recently received the recognition of a R.E.E.T.A.I.N

to child care providers totaling $291,000.

(Retaining Early Educators Through Attaining Incentives Now) workforce retention grant. The R.E.E.T.A.I.N Grant Program rewards child care professionals who have achieved higher levels of education.

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Cisa Keller is the director of New Horizon Academy Child Care Center in downtown St. Paul. “In early childhood education I can really make a difference. I know that these children need to be cared for and have caregivers they know and trust. Then we can help them learn and grow. If I can make this happen every day, I am helping to shape their lives. This is pretty rewarding. “It has been a big year for our program as well as for child care in Minnesota. Our four-star Parent Aware rating has allowed us to get the word out on how hard we work and just how important this work is. We’ve seen a huge jump in enrollment. Our staff members hold their heads a little higher and parents are relieved

Christina Moore of Woodbury brings her daughter Natalie to Cisa Keller’s St. Paul child care program early one morning in November.

to understand their choices! “I am thrilled to see what a stand Minnesota is beginning to take

“When we were searching for child care it was important to

on quality. I think more and more people in a position to make

find a diverse group of children being cared for by teachers

change are realizing it’s not just the K-12 system that needs

who cared. We have found that. Natalie made strong

support. I am hopeful that this change in thinking will help families

emotional connections with her first teachers and that’s

and child care professionals. Staff these children can count on is

shaped her trust of this place and also of the world in

incredibly important for their well-being. Maintaining consistency

general. She is 2½ now. She comes home singing new

with staff means higher wages as well. I would very much like to

songs and dancing. She likes to sit on the coffee table

compensate my staff with better wages. It’s difficult however to

and ‘read’ to us. She would much rather tell stories than

ask parents who are hurting to help providers who are hurting. I

watch T.V. and I think that says a lot about her caregivers.“

think the answer is more community support. A child will only be

as successful and happy as those around him.”


Christina Moore of Woodbury, mother of Natalie who attends New Horizon Child Care Center

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Carmen Chang

2008 Highlights

cares for her two grandchildren and two children from her neighborhood while their parents are at work. She is originally from Chile where she taught elementary school for 14 years. Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers provide legal, unlicensed care for children who are a part of their extended family, neighborhood or circle of friends. For many parents in Minnesota, Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) caregivers are the preferred type of care. In Minnesota, 52 percent of FFN caregivers are grandparents caring for their grandchildren.* “I am pleased to be caring for my grandchildren and Sophie and Henry in a bilingual home. I think the skills I am giving the children in Spanish and early literacy in general will really help them. I need to keep current on my education as a caregiver and so the CCR&R play and learn groups have been a big help. I attend to learn about the best ways to keep the children safe and ways to help them learn. I realize how important it is to talk and play with the children and to read to them. They are with me 6 to 12 hours a day and so I have a big responsibility for their well-being. I also was a part of the SEEDS of School Readiness and Early Literacy Program online. This gave me the opportunity to learn these important lessons in my

An estimated 46 percent of Minnesota families use

language and to bring them back to the children.�

FFN care as their primary child care arrangement.* This year, 1,657 Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers

*Wilder Research. Family, Friends and Neighbor Caregivers: Results of the 2004 Minnesota Statewide Household Child Care Survey 2004

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received education and/or grant dollars through their local Child Care Resource & Referral agency.


Kristin Murphy

2008 Highlights

is a single mother enrolled in the Duluth area YWCA Young Mothers’ Program. She receives Child Care Assistance dollars, parenting classes and support in finding work. “The people here are very caring and patient and I am learning about parenting while my son Kyler learns and plays. Without child care assistance and the help of this program he would not be getting these experiences and I wouldn’t even know what he was missing. He is getting a head start here. “I also really enjoy the family nights that the staff organize. I get the chance to talk with Kyler’s teachers about how he is doing and compare notes with other parents. Meanwhile, Kyler gets some time to socialize, too. “Parents need education about how to choose child care and also how to work with their child care providers to be sure their children are OK and doing well. Child care is expensive and I feel so lucky to have the chance to send Kyler to this wonderful program. It’s not an area where I think anyone should have to skimp, but that’s just what I would be doing if I were on my own.”

As of October 2008, the waiting list for child care assistance, or state-funded help paying for child care costs included 7,159 families. This year, 32,962 parents received child care referrals and information on quality through our personalized phone service or through


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Tricia Johnston’s

2008 Highlights

child care needs changed dramatically when her husband was deployed to Iraq three years ago. During that time she returned to work, joined a support network of military families and became a regular user of Surge Support Child Care Services. “My three children have dealt with a huge amount of change in a short time; their father left for the war and I have returned to the workplace after six years as a stay-at-home mom. Their time at ‘Auntie Anna’s’ day care allows me to get to work and bring much needed income to the family. It has also given them stability and added time with a caring adult. They can relax and have fun. Since I trust this child care so much, I also use the time they are in care to attend family support meetings. These have been so important to keeping my spirits up. “To be frank, we simply would not be able to cover the full costs of three children in child care without the help of the Surge Project. I am grateful. Things have been difficult but without this help from the community they could have been impossible.” Surge support child care services: Providing child care for Minnesota’s deployed Army National Guard and Reserve families. In Minnesota, 470 child care professionals have been recruited to provide volunteer and subsidized care for deployed military families.

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The Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network supports communities by:

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies believes that:

Helping parents find child care, identify quality care and

All children have a right to be cared for, both in and outside

understand financing options.

the home, in safe, healthy and nurturing environments.

Advocating for parents, children and child care providers.

All children should have access to early learning experiences

Improving the quality of child care by supporting child

that help them arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

care providers and delivering professional

All families must have access to high quality, affordable,

development opportunities.

accessible child care for their children.

Using the wealth of data captured by the CCR&R

All parents must have a choice of appropriate learning

system to tell the story of the child care field and

and care-giving environments for their children.

to support policy discussions surrounding early care and education issues.

Every community must have a strong child care delivery system that includes child care resource and referral in order to coordinate training, supply building, planning and policy and education efforts on child care needs.

380 Lafayette Road, Suite 103 St. Paul, Minnesota 55107 (651) 290-9704

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Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network

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Our mission is to provide statewide leadership in shaping collaborations that build a diverse, high quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families through local child care resource and referral services. We work toward this mission by: • Helping families find child care and understand their care options; • Supporting child care providers through grants and education; • Informing the community on the importance of child care.

Annual Report  

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Annual Report  

16 page brochure