To date, over $3 million dollars have been invested in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, addressing issues such as quality across all types of care, child care regulations, program choice and accessibility, emergency/backup care, provider training, care for school-age children (including those ages 10-15), and elder care resources.

The Dallas/Fort Worth ABC has accomplished quite a bit since its inception. Early childhood and school-age projects have succeeded in instituting a higher quality standard through training linked to college credit, programs to achieve national accreditation, and initiating or strengthening local professional child care provider associations. As of September 1997, college credit for school-age training is available for the first time in Dallas/Fort Worth area. All targets related to building the supply of child care, school-age, and elder care programs have been met.

Another key success is the multi-year strategy, which has focused on improving the quality of care beyond the state's dependent care regulations. Nationally, Texas ranks in the bottom quarter of states in terms of regulatory requirements that promote quality (ratio, group size, hours of training) for child care providers. In the last 4 years, the ABC took on the short term goal of helping the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex develop an infrastructure to support high quality dependent care programs.

Funding Companies

Aetna
AT&T
Bank of America
Chevron
Deloitte & Touche
Eastman Kodak Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation
General Electric
GTE Service Corporation
IBM Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Lucent Technologies
Raytheon Company
Texas Instruments
WFD
Xerox Corporation

Projects

Early Childhood
Child Care Center Director's Support Group
Child Care Program Expansion
On-Site Training Program for Child Care Center
Preschool Adventures in Peacemaking
Preschool Science
Scholarships for Child Care Center
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Project
Family Friendly Training for Child Care Center
One-Day Infant/Toddler Training for Child Care Center
Accreditation/Credential for Family Child Care Providers
Close to Home Care Program
CORE Basic Competency Curriculum for Family Child Care Providers
Advanced CORE Curriculum Training for Family Child Care Providers
Family Child Care Clusters
Mentoring for Family Child Care Providers
Resource Room Development for Family Child Care Providers
Family Friendly Training for Family Child Care Providers
One-Day Infant/Toddler Training for Family Child Care Providers

School-Age
Community Task Force Leadership Forum
First Steps: An Introduction to National Quality Standards
Global Games
Scholarships
Adventures in Peacemaking
Summer of Service
Teamswork! On the Road to Accreditation
Telephone Support Hotline
Theme-based Activities

Backup
Backup Dependent Care Registry
Backup Emergency Care
Mildly Ill Conference
Theme-based Activities

Elder Care
Bill Paying/Money Management
Elder Care Fair
Escorted Transportation
Home Repair Service
SeniorNet Computer Learning Center
Volunteer In-Home Services Program Expansion

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