F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE – Donna Hobbs, Family Child Care (FCC) Provider of the Year for F.E. Warren AFB has recently achieved National Association for Family Child Care Accreditation (NAFCC). Mrs. Hobbs has been an FCC Provider on F.E. Warren since February 2019, and a previous FCC Provider at Scott AFB, Illinois for 2 years. Mrs. Hobbs maintains a busy schedule with her own three children and husband SSgt Ryan Hobbs. When time allows they take advantage of family camping trips and traveling. Mrs. Hobbs has been vital in supporting our families during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring consistent care is available and all health directives are in place. Mrs. Hobbs supports Home Community Care (HCC) for our members of the Guard and Reserve during their regularly schedule drill periods as well as Expanded Child Care. She has been a vital mentor to prospective and current FCC providers. Mrs. Hobbs has created a child care Facebook page for families and often shares valuable information with the community. It is with great pleasure to say that Mrs. Hobbs is a valued FCC Provider and asset to our families and FCC Program.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) started in 1982. NAFCC is the only national professional, association dedicated to promoting high-quality early childhood experiences in the unique environment of family child care programs. NAFCC works on behalf of the one million family child care providers operating nationwide. Across the country, family child care homes provide high-quality programs for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, school age, and children with special needs. Across the country, eleven million children under age five are in child care. There are three million children in family child care currently. NAFCC has led the family child care accreditation program for over 25 years. The standards are research-based and demonstrate principles of child growth and development as well as current best practices in the early childhood field. Accreditation is not just a mark of quality, but a demonstration of commitment to continuous quality improvement.
During the self-study process, an evaluation of one’s home is made using the Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation to make quality improvements. When the home visit is accomplished NAFCC trained observers conduct an observation of the FCC home. The observer gathers information based on the Quality Standards and objectively document what is seen and heard. Families will be required to complete parent surveys of the program. After the home visit NAFCC reviews documentation from the observer, the FCC Provider and the parent surveys. The Accreditation Commission uses that information to determine accreditation status. Accreditation is valid for 3 years on the successful completion of annual updates.
It is the FCC Provider’s responsibility to assess themselves and their program continually to ensure continuous compliance with the Quality standards, verify that they continue to meet all eligibility requirements and report professional development activities and quality improvements they have completed.
For more information in becoming a Family Child Care Provider contact Joyce Cisneros at 307-773-3317. In addition to ongoing professional training providers have access to the Family Child Care Lending Library, which provides an abundance of materials, toys, equipment, art supplies, and music, STEM, and literacy resources for use in the FCC homes. Professional development is encouraged to those who may be interested in voluntarily seeking national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC), and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.