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Center Operations provides direct care and support services to more than 600 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in six model child development centers .

ChildCareGroup (CCG) Center Operations focuses on comprehensive child development services by implementing Prenatal, Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K programs at its sites. These services include the following content areas:

  • Education—Developmentally appropriate learning opportunities are provided in home-like environments that foster social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development.
  • Social Services—The needs of the whole family are addressed through support services linked and coordinated with other agencies. We recruit and enroll age eligible children in Head Start and Early Head Start and collaborate with families to establish goals and implement a plan of action to achieve them.
  • Parental Involvement—Staff and parents partner to identify opportunities for parents to volunteer and assume an active role in their child's education and development.
  • Health—Families are linked with resources in the communities through referrals. All child health and developmental concerns are identified and addressed; parents, staff, and health professionals partner to meet basic health needs.
  • Nutrition—A food service program that meets two-thirds of the child's daily nutritional needs and education on healthy eating is provided.
  • Special Services—Children with special needs related to speech, physical ability, behavioral disorders, and overall development are provided with additional services.

Quality early care and learning programs, like CCG's Relationship-Centered Child Care Centers® (RC), are an invaluable intervention for children from low-income families. Nutritious meals, medical care, and the opportunity to learn and interact with other children and caring adults provide the foundation for success in later years.

Each center has staff support consisting of an Early Childhood Center Manager, who directs the program; a Family Advocate who is available as a resource for families to help meet their needs; a Health Services Specialist who provides health screenings and is a resource for medical and dental health needs; a Nutritionist who gives guidance on menu planning and individual nutritional counseling; an Inclusion Specialist who offers support to children with special needs; and the Constant Caregiver who is the child's teacher.

Funding is provided by Head Start of Greater Dallas, Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (Early Head Start), United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, parent fees, and private donations. For a list of our centers and contact information, please click here.

Five of ChildCareGroup's child development centers participant in the Texas Early Education Model (TEEM) Project, a state-funded Pre-K program designed to prepare at-risk Pre-K children for success in school. The TEEM Project provides state-adopted curriculum sets, carefully selected school readiness materials, teacher professional development courses, in-class mentoring, and progress monitoring of children through state of the art assessment tools. Using all of these components has proven to be very effective in closing the achievement gap that now exists as Texas children begin their formal education in kindergarten.

In addition to these benefits, classrooms participating in the TEEM Project can also apply for state certification as a 'School Ready' center. Certification by the State Center for Early Childhood Development, through the University of Texas at Houston, is a clear indicator to parents that children are truly receiving the best possible preparation for being 'school ready'. Classrooms at two ChildCareGroup centers were awarded this recognition in August, 2007. To learn more, click on Texas School Ready™.

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