"Helping Today's Children for a Better Tomorrow."
Voices Of Tomorrow (VOT) hosts quarterly meetings with East African Family Child Care providers residing in King County. These meetings are intended for celebration, concerns, and questions about Early Learning policies, early learning practices, and other miscellaneous topics. These spaces allows providers to be listened, hear, and seen. The topics are emergent, allowing providers to lead the agenda while VOT Staff facilitates the discussion. This is unique approach of conducting meetings with communities, which allows community members to share knowledge, information, and vision that impacts children and families.
August 20th, 2016 VOT met with Somali Family Child Care Providers in King County. These providers had the opportunity to voice out some concerns and questions around State’s QRIS ( Quality Rating Improvement System) and the pernicious effect it might have on bilingual/monolingual providers who are catering to children and families from their own community. In the meeting providers discussed the question of: Is QRIS approach only in Washington State? Several providers were surprised to learn QRIS is Nation wide system approach and not just an approach in Washington.
There were consensus on the importance of Quality Programs and discussion around what ‘quality’ means through cultural lenses.
A Somali provider in South King says, ” I want quality care for the children in my care, but I can’t do it without the resources and support.”
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