NACCRRA to provide complete picture of Resource & Referral activities nationwide WASHINGTON, DC – October 2, 2001 – The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA, www.naccrra.org), has embarked on a complete census of the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) field. By surveying CCR&R State Networks, local CCR&R agencies and State Child Care Administrators nationwide, NACCRRA will update information collected in 1993 that allowed CCR&R agencies to take stock in their activities, benchmark their work against that of other states, and provide needed information to state and local child care planners as they worked to provide comprehensive child care services in their communities. A critical piece of the child care infrastructure, community-based CCR&R agencies provide three core services: supporting families; supporting individuals and programs that care for children; and building the connections that support the child care infrastructure in communities and states. The maintenance of a high-quality, comprehensive database is an essential prerequisite for effective delivery of the services in the core areas. Because all child care is local, CCR&R agencies pursue these services using a variety of different strategies that fit the needs and values of their local communities. Since 1993, Child Care Resource and Referral has nearly doubled, filling important new roles critical to the implementation of new state and federal policies, from welfare reform to early childhood care and education finance, to improving the quality and capacity of infant and toddler care. The census of the CCR&R field will provide a picture of the full spectrum of activities and capacity of CCR&R nationwide. According to Yasmina Vinci, NACCRRA's Executive Director, "As we embark on this new period in our history, we must take stock in our child care infrastructure and carefully document how it is meeting our needs. This census of the CCR&R field will provide all of us who work toward improved care for the children a rich resource for understanding the evolving roles of CCR&R in our nation."
NACCRRA is a membership organization of almost 700 community-based child care resource and referral (CCR&R) programs from every state in the United States, some provinces in Canada, and in Great Britain. NACCRRA's mission is to provide vision, leadership, and support to community child care resource and referral and to promote national policies and partnerships committed to the development and learning of all children. About Child Care Resource & Referral Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) programs operate in most urban and rural communities. The work of CCR&Rs centers on information through child care referrals, consumer education, provider training, technical assistance, advocacy, work with employers and efforts to build the supply of care. CCR&Rs have daily contacts with families and child care programs and providers. Thus, NACCRRA and its member organizations constitute an information network with unique and unprecedented reach in compiling and transferring information. The network is uniquely positioned for the collection, exchange, mediation, analysis and dissemination of information and knowledge at local, state and national levels. Community-based CCR&R programs, providing objective, accurate and up-to-date information and expert consultation, are a trusted resource for families, providers and communities.