The GCC Garfield Child Development Center has a partnership with Pacific Clinics Early Head Start/Head Start which benefits our center in many ways.
This partnership provides breakfast, lunch and snack for the children and staff at a modest monthly fee. Not only does this free families from having to pack lunch, it also exposes the children to a variety of foods across a variety of cultures while meeting their nutrition needs. Meals can even be customized to meet allergy or cultural needs of the family.
For families, EHS/HS has provided parenting workshops from Inspired Parenting and resources pertaining to health, safety and development of young children. Each year, EHS/HS provides a eye and ear screening for any family who would like their child to participate. As a partnership site, select spots are held for families who qualify for child care assistance through Early Head Start/Head Start. Please contact Pacific Clinics Head Start for more details.
EHS/HS also sponsors workshops for the center staff. Center staff have attended trainings and workshops in ITERS/ECERS, DRDP, CLASS, nutrition and health, child abuse recognition and reporting, curriculum and other topics that help them meet their professional growth hours requirements for their teaching permits and provide them with information and experiences to enhance their teaching practices.
State Preschool Partnership
We also partner with the California Department of Education, a California State preschool program. This partnership provides preschool funds for low income families. This program is a half day program that is only offered in the morning. They also provide services that support the growth and development of each child through the Desired Results Developmental Profile. Parents get to experience their child’s growth with measurement tools that use graphs to make recommendations to support learning. Parents are also encouraged to take an active part in the running of the center and form an active advisory council.
Child Care Resource Center Partnership (CCRC)
Another partnership we have worked with for many years is the Child Care Resource Center. They offer funding for low income families. In this program families can receive funding for full days or part days. The child care resource center also offers classes for preschool staff to advance their education and other resources for families.