Children’s Services Council offers opportunities for nonprofits and other local organizations to participate in our Early Childhood System of Care. Requirements for participation depend on the type of service an organization provides to the community.
For Child Care Providers
Child care providers are invited to learn more about the Strong Minds Network, CSC’s quality rating improvement system. Strong Minds promotes high quality in early care and education programs so children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Strong Minds focuses on:
- Improving children’s learning and development
- Improving adult-child interactions
- Increasing family engagement in children’s learning and development
Strong Minds recognizes program directors and family child care home operators as the leaders and change agents for their programs. Strong Minds is designed to support higher quality programs in their continuous quality improvement efforts by making a variety of supports available to them.
Supports available to child care programs include:
- Reliable and valid program assessments
- Child assessments
- Navigation services
- Targeted technical assistance
- Tiered reimbursement supplements
Supports available to child care practitioners include access to a professional development system inclusive of:
- Career advising
- SEEK scholarships to help cover the cost of professional development
- Formal and informal training
- Registry membership
- Salary supplements
Supports available to families include:
- Involvement in their child’s development through screening and assessment
- Individualized instruction
- Access to quality child care through Children’s Services Council (CSC) Scholarships
Find out More:
- Click here for Strong Minds Frequently Asked Questions (to be updated)
- Strong Minds Theory of Change
- Strong Minds Logic Model
- Strong Minds Provider Manual
For more information, contact a Strong Minds Navigator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: The Strong Minds Network does not offer referrals, endorsements or make recommendations in regards to outside consulting entities offering services to participating Strong Minds child care programs. If you are interested in hiring an outside consultant, we strongly encourage researching each entity to make sure that the offered services and supports meet your program’s needs.
For Afterschool Providers
Afterschool providers are invited to learn more about CSC’s Quality Improvement System, which is administered by Prime Time Palm Beach County. This voluntary program is available to afterschool providers that want to implement proven youth development strategies to enhance children’s learning by creating a fun, engaging, safe and supportive atmosphere.
The system employs five quality standards for afterschool programs:
- Solid organizational framework
- Supportive ongoing relationship
- Positive and inclusive environment
- Challenging learning experiences
- Family outreach and involvement
The Benefits of QIS
Programs that participate receive the following benefits, free of charge:
- Coaching and technical assistance
- Access to fun and informative trainings by Prime Time's Professional Development department
- Access to a broad network of professionals providing programming at your site
- Educational scholarships and wage supplements for staff
- Other financial incentives
- Complete a QIS Interest Form by clicking here (NEED LINK).
- Attend an introductory QIS Kickoff meeting
- Meet with your personally assigned Quality Advisor
- Set goals for improvement upon assessment results
- Attend trainings as needed and desired
- Access other supports and services
- Participate in re-assessment annually
Have Questions? Call 561-732-8066 or visit www.primetimepbc.org
For Healthy Beginnings & Other Providers
CSC selects funded providers through a competitive bid process, as needs are identified in the community. Once selected, an agency’s staff may be required to take trainings or attend workshops to meet contract specifications. Those requirements depend on the type of service a particular agency offers the community.
Healthy Beginnings offers individual services to children and their families. Currently, more than 30 programs serve thousands of families by providing a range of services – from supports for pregnant women to parenting programs for families with teens.
- To learn more about how Healthy Beginnings works, click here to view a flow chart, which walks you through the process, from when a family enters the system to receiving appropriate services.
- To see specific requirements for Healthy Beginnings providers, please click here for the Healthy Beginnings System Manual
For providers that are not part of the Healthy Beginnings system, please refer to your contract or contact your program officer to determine any necessary requirements.