Women refugees are preparing for careers in child care and early learning thanks to a two-year microenterprise development project in Maryland. Led by Child Care Aware® of America and in partnership with three Maryland Child Care Resource and Referral agencies and the International Rescue Committee, the project will help participants integrate into their new communities, provide culturally sensitive child care and generate income.
“In light of World Refugee Day on June 20, we want to highlight the needs of local refugees and asylees who arrive in the United States with few resources,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Child Care Aware® of America Executive Director. “Our collaborative project in Maryland will not only empower the participants, but ultimately provide other refugees and asylees with affordable child care options that meet the cultural and linguistic needs of their families.”
To date, the project has delivered more than 1,600 hours of basic training in first aid/CPR, safe sleep practices, medical dispensation, child abuse prevention and detection, and early childhood development. Thirty of the 47 original participants will further their training in Family Child Care Business Practices
“We assist participants in the program throughout the process,” Fraga said. “From collecting materials required for licensure to completing assignments that enable them to open their businesses.”
World Refugee Day is a global event launched by the United Nations to recognize the challenges faced by approximately 42.5 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world. The day is an opportunity to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
Child Care Aware® of America partnered with Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center, Montgomery County CCR&R and Prince George’s Child Care Resource Center, Inc., in Maryland and the International Rescue Committee on this project. The program is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an Office of the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Child Care Aware® of America is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community have access to high quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at www.usa.childcareaware.org.