Developing childcare partnerships
In most communities, many programs and resources already exist.
Housing authorities need to build strong relationships with childcare
providers and other service providers, as these organizations likely
have the experience and knowledge to provide immediate assistance.
For more information on forming successful partnerships, visit the
Partnership Development page on this site.
For information specific to forming and sustaining childcare partnerships, visit the Childcare Partnership Project's
Guide to Successful Public-Private
Partnerships for Childcare. Following are some tips from the
Childcare Partnership Project guide.
- Contact Your Local Childcare Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
Agency. The exact functions of CCR&R agencies vary, but
most provide parents with information and maintain a database
of childcare providers. In addition, many CCR&Rs help address
broader childcare concerns in their communities, such as quality
and funding issues. Others recruit and train providers and work
closely with local employers to implement and evaluate family
friendly workplace policies. To find a CCR&R in your community,
visit the National
Association of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies Web site.
- Develop Partnerships with Social Service Agencies. Local
TANF administrators and Department of Labor One-Stop centers can
offer childcare program expertise, provide links to financial
resources, and represent a potential source of financial assistance
for childcare solutions. They are also likely to know about other
community childcare solutions and innovations.
- Develop Partnerships with the Business Community. In
many communities, local businesses - particularly large employers
- play an important role in providing childcare solutions. If
your program participants will be training with or working for
a business that provides childcare for employees, work with these
businesses to extend services to program participants. Consider
working with these businesses to provide childcare to other program
participants who either work or live near their facility, if possible.
See our Partnership Development page for more information
on working effectively with the business community. In addition,
view the Department of Labor's report entitled Meeting the
Needs of Today's Workforce: Childcare Best Practices for information
on innovative approaches employers are taking to meet employee
- Develop Partnerships with Other Stakeholders. Think creatively
about stakeholders who may be able to provide your PHA with either
financial or political support for developing childcare programs
or creating partnerships. For example, PHAs may be able to work
with employee unions to create partnerships that will benefit
both parties' clientele. Other potential partners include local
or national foundations for children, the local parks and recreation
department, and local colleges or universities-particularly if
they have degree programs related to childcare or early education.
- Choose Effective Partners. When pursuing partnerships
with organizations that have already developed childcare programs,
housing authorities should evaluate these programs for consistency
with the mission of their Welfare to Work housing voucher program.
Important attributes of existing programs include low cost to
the recipient, flexible drop-off and pick-up times, and reliability.