Center for Children's Initiatives

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education, Human Services

Location: 322 8th Ave 4th Floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: CCI is nationally recognized as a leading voice for meeting the care and development needs of children from birth thru school age. Founded in 1982, CCI champions the right of all children to start life with the best possible foundation of learning, care and health; The backbone of CCIs efforts is: helping families find the best quality early care and learning for their children, partnering with child care and early education professionals to improve and expand their services, and influencing public policy to assure sensible and affordable options. Working with each of these sectors gives CCI the insight to recommend policies that make quality learning environments a reality for all children. CCI is a New York City based organization.
Results: Highlights 2010 Supporting Families • Over 3,500 families across the City learned to navigate the maze of finding and choosing child care, enroll in Pre-K, and pay for care. CCI maintains a database of over 10,000 regulated programs in all five boroughs including child care, Head Start, Pre-K, out of school time programs and summer day camps to insure parents receive the most up to date support. • Provided enhanced referral service to 200 low income working families to enable them to find child care and retain employment. Promoting Excellence • More than 2,100 center-based programs and family child care providers received consultations on regulations, curriculum and business management to improve quality and increase capacity. • 500 professionals participated in professional development on all aspects of early development. Creative curriculum, financial and program management, and board development as well as effective programming for after school services. Many of these educational opportunities were offered in English and Spanish. • Over 400 individuals working with infants and toddlers received training to strengthen their work with babies and toddlers. 25 infant toddler programs received intensive technical assistance resulting in improved classroom practice. 10 program administrators were mentored to increase their capacity to coach and assist classroom staff in meeting the unique needs of babies and toddlers. • Over 1,000 health consultations were provided on administering medication, health promotion, and effective management of infectious diseases, nutrition education and meeting safety standards. • 50 family child care providers enrolled in CCI’s multifaceted Entrepreneurial Program improving their skills in marketing and financial management. Family child care providers were able to stabilize their businesses in a year of tremendous economic challenge and to continue to improve the quality of their services to parents and children in communities throughout the city. Over 100 new child care providers received start-up grants. Driving Effective Policies • Protected funding for Pre-K and child care for 2010 through the Winning Beginning NY Coalition. • Served as a community lead agency for the Quality StarsNY field test to design and implement a quality rating and improvement system for early childhood programs in New York State. • Published “Strengthening the Pre-K Investment: Next Steps to a Winning Beginning for Every Child in New York State.” The paper’s findings were presented to leaders in City and State government to promote the recommendations for better integrating and supporting Pre-K as a cornerstone for an early childhood system serving children from infancy through grade three.
Target demographics: CCI works with three target popiulations: Parent Child Care Professionals Policy makers
Geographic areas served: The five boroughs of New York City

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I had the privilege and honor of working with the Center for Children's Initiatives for 3 years. I know of no other organization who works tirelessly for the betterment of New York's Children.

Having spent over 20 years of my life working in the non-profit sector, I have encountered countless staff and volunteers throughout my career. However, it is rare to find someone like Nancy Kolben and her staff who truly commit themselves to empowering parents, early childhood professionals and policy makers with the information they need to make informed choices about New York’s Children. The staff is creative, talented, selfless individuals with a commitment to give back. They are admired and respected for their dedication.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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CCI has been an essential piece in regards to child care policy advocacy for many years and as a child care resource and referral agency, it has been crucial for them to exist to help families across NYC. Many kuddos to CCI for their excellent work in helping parents, Child care Center Staff, Family Day Care Providers and all in the field to gain so much knowledge adn expertiese in teh area of children and families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having my staff recievie training and better educate our parents on child care options and child development issues.

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Have it gain more recognition across the nation!

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First as an intern and now as a board member I have been impressed by CCI's integration of practice, research, and policy. These are the necessary ingredients for making sustainable change in the area of early childhood and early elementary school education. CCI is really at the cutting edge of the field.

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multiple ways, beginning as an intern working on a policy document and now as a board member helping CCI work on staying at the cutting edge of the field of early childhood and early elementary school education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about the latest developments in the field of early childhood education policy before everyone else.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, kind, and smart.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reshape the field of early childhood educationa and early elementary school education for New YOrk children and serve as a model for other states.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend as an intern to learn the practice side of CCI's work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding that provides the wings it needs to become a national model for early childhood and early elementary school education.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The staff is amazing!!

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2010-1-01

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For the past 10 years, I have been involved with CCI. These are professional dedicated people who are in the forefront of early care and education issues in America. Through their research and referral work, they know the needs and concerns of children and their parents. Through their training and community work with providers of infant and toddler care, before school, after school, and early care quality programs, gives CCI intimate knowledge of the issues faced by providers. They combine this intimate understanding of the changing early care dynamics to support policy formation and decision making. CCI plays a pivotal role in assuring bright futures for our children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, caring, wise, thoughtful and definitive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its scope and mission to a far greater area

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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13 people found this review helpful

CCI has been at the forefront of child care policy advocacy for many years and as a child care resource and referral agency, it has been stellar. CCI is a leader in the NYC child care community in helping to increase availability of child care and ensuring and maintaining the highest standards of quality.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

talented, devoted and passionate about their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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CCI is a very important resource for the Graham Windham Family Child Care Network. Our staff and providers have access to relevant and up-to-date information through the many trainings offered on an ongoing basis. Our providers have received hands ontrainingand technical assistance in promoting early literacy in their homes, through CCI's "Talk, Reach, Read" initiative. The response from providers has been overwhelmingly positive. CCI truly lives up to its mission of promoting quality learning, healthy development and care for all children.

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The knowledge and information staff and providers obtain to better do their jobs, and their ability to advocate for quality child care.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's wide range of services and ability to reach out to the child care community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Pleasant and available.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the Talk, Reach, Read program to reach more child care providers. Hire more staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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My experience with CCI has been very positive. I have been attending Network Support Group meetings at CCI for the past 6 yeras. During this time I have had the opportunity to meet and network with other trainers in the field.CCI provides the opportunity to meet with representatives from different city and state agencies e.g. DOH,CACFP to discuss issues that affect child care providers as well as the child care networks. I also use the information obtained from the workshops I attend to further educate and inform providers during 30 hour trainings.The staff is always pleasant and helpful, and if they don'thave an answer to a question, they will refer you to someone who can help. CCI is a valuable resource for parents, providers and trainers, like me, and I hope to continue my affilation with them as I seek to improve as a trainer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The many resources they offer to make providers and child care networks more informed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The information I receive and the opporunity to network with other professionals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful and pleasant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do more hands on/ on site training for providers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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