In the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities, there was an overall lack in quality infant care, backup care, and summer care options for school-age children. The ABC implemented several programs to meet these needs. As a result of center accreditation projects, centers were better able to care for infants. The backup care registry and mildly ill child care conference resulted in more access to care when regular care arrangements fall through. The Close to Home Program provided materials and developmental resources for informal care providers (family members, neighbors). And a series of programs targeted to school-age summer programs resulted in curriculum enhancement and accreditation resulted in more available slots for this age group.

Funding Companies

American Express Company
Ceridian Corporation
Deloitte & Touche
General Electric
IBM Corporation
St. Paul Companies


Early Childhood
Family Friendly Training for Child Care Center
Activity Kits for Family Child Care Providers
Close to Home Care Program

Global Games
Summer Camp
Summer of Service
Teamswork! On the Road to Accreditation

Backup Dependent Care Registry
Mildly Ill Conference

Elder Care
Elder Care Fair

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