Child Care Advocates of Kentucky
A Unified Voice, Your Voice
Summary of the 8-21 Board Meeting of CCAK
- Janice Watts elected to the board.
- CCAP roll out was defined as going well, but at a slow pace. 3 areas of why less families filing were shared. They are: mom has no job yet, mom is OK with the arrangements she made once she went of CCAP, and mom does not know it is back and available.
- What I heard as summary of how should CCAK moves forward is this: CCAK is foremost a grassroots advocacy organization in support of the providers. We will continue to partner with other groups as to increase opportunities for all providers, and help children as they prepare for kindergarten. In doing this we will recognize our specific role or roles in strategies being implemented. We will explore how CCAK can be a leader as a source of information for the providers. The work before us is to grow our membership and support numbers. We would want this to lead to our being able to lobby effectively and even develop PACs. The current strategies where we need to see our role defined are these: The final stars rating system recommendation and the KYA Early Childhood Blueprint listings
- Patricia gave an update of the September 25th KYA breakfast fundraiser. CCAK will host a table. The event will be from 8 to 9 AM and held at the Frazier Museum in Louisville.
- Ruth Ann reported on the Stars/Race to the Top meeting she attended. Concerned about CCAP being used as the qualifier for funding support. Adrienne has suggested they use the food program participants as the better base. A 1 to 5 tier category will be used to rate child care centers. The draft of this is not yet finalized.
- Patricia reported on the KYA Early Childhood Blueprint committee meeting held August 20th. The 3 big ticket items to be worked come January and the reconvening of the GA are: CCAP Monitoring of how money is being spent, the issue of establishing a diverse delivery system and pushing for a law that sets up a Providers Council. Patricia also talked about how the group should respond to the DCC regulatory changes being considered. We have until September 30th to submit our concerns. It was agreed that I need to work with Patricia on this one.
- Board like the idea of a Thank You rally in Frankfort being hosted by CCAK. The time suggested to do this was January 2015.
- Brenda and I will get with Mike to talk about what the draft bill for the Providers Council should look like.
- Next meeting will be set later, likely in mid-October.
WHAT WE DO
· Children’s Advocacy
· Host Rally’s
· Meet with legislators
· Distribute Information to legislators
· Provide testimony at public hearings
· Present considerations to the Cabinet
· Print, News and Radio Media
Kentucky Youth Advocates
Community Coordinated Child Care
Brenda Bowman, CCAK President, Southside Christian Child Care
Richard Morris, CCAK Vice President, Louisville Child Care Center’s
Ruth Ann Hornback, CCAK Secretary/Treasurer, Angel House CDC’s
Janet Masterson, Community Coordinated Child Care
Mike Hammons, Children Inc.
Kay Rue, Kindercare Learning Centers
Lynn “Boogie” Morris, “Let’s Go Play” Academies
Sean Woody, Kids Play Child Care, Inc.
Adrienne B. Bush, Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, Inc.
Steve Magre, Staff Support
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