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Abstract

In 1999, soon after the federal welfare reform was enacted, many people in Pheonix, Arizona were transitioning off of welfare and into the workforce. When considering job development in any any community, the focus shifts to child care needs. A study of child care needs in the area revealed that most parents were relying on family, friends, and neighbors for care. The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) became committed to reaching out to the underserved population of kith and kin caregivers in their communities to provide training and support.

Author Biography

Sarah Ocampo-Schlesinger leads the Kith and Kin Project and the Child Care Injury Prevention Program (CCIPP) at the Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC). Before coming to ASCC, she taught at Wilson Head Start. She has a BA in psychology and a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. She is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and a CPR/First Aid instructor.

Vicki McCarty, Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) Program Manager, provides oversight for the Kith and Kin Project. Ms. McCarty has a BS in sociology and over 20 years experience in the early childhood field. Ms. McCarty also oversees other ASCC programs, including the Niños en Mi Casa Program; Child Care Professional Training; Child and Adult Care Food Program; and the Phone Friend Program.

 

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