This program is a partnership between Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) and Community Partners interested in breaking the cycle of poverty, and transitioning individuals to self-sufficiency. This program also encourages the development of both life and parenting skills, allowing opportunities for young moms to learn effective ways to respond to and interact with their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- RCN will operate a satellite childcare program housed on the first floor of the Sibley building.
- Hours of operation will be 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, five days a week, year round.
- Low-income mothers who are interested in child care & early learning as a career will be eligible to gain experience through the Work Experience Program (WEP). Participation ensures support through Monroe County Department of Human Services, which includes subsidized childcare.
- The WEP program requires mothers to have an approved work experience equal to 30 hours per week.
- RCN and the participant, in partnership with community partners, will determine the level of educational experience the candidate is interested in pursuing, and assist in making connections through one-on-one case management (CDA, MCC).
- RCN will provide CDA instruction and adult learning support.
- Participating mothers will work year-round with their own children as well as other children in the program.
- Mothers working with their own and other children count as part of the State-mandated caregiver-to-child ratio. Adult-child ratios will be 2:1.