The Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation (CHCCC) was established in 1990 to offer safe and affordable childcare to residents of Cypress Hills — a low and moderate income, predominantly Latino community in Northeast Brooklyn.
Our organization has provided critical childcare services to working poor families and has been an economic development and advancement vehicle for neighborhood women. The Cypress Hills Family Day Care Network was our first initiative and still flourishes today, assisting local residents interested in capitalizing on their child rearing skills to open their own childcare businesses.
We play a vital role in helping women acquire their family day care license by providing ongoing training to help them grow and sustain their businesses. Currently we have 45 providers; several who have been with the program since its inception, caring for 350 children who range in age from six weeks to 12 years. Thirty of the providers, who now possess group day care licenses, have created job opportunities for assistants. Over 35 assistants are gainfully employed at different sites within our community.
Our Family Day Care (FDC) trainings cover health, nutrition, early childhood development, curriculum development, CPR, First Aid, small business considerations and courses needed to earn their Childhood Development Associates credential (CDA). A generous grant from the New York Women’s Foundation funds our financial literacy initiative that allows parents in our programs as well as interested community residents get “fiscally fit.”
All our providers are enrolled in the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP), which we administer. This program reimburses providers for the children’s meal expenses and children benefit from eating well-balanced nutritious meals.
The success of Family Day Care Network made it possible in 2004, for the CHCCC to receive funding from the Administration for Children and Families to operate a Head Start Family Day Care program. Our successful model adheres to the Creative Curriculum and meets all the Head Start Performance Standards. Our program serves 88 very low-income children and their families and provides comprehensive services for the entire family. We are very proud of the fact that our Head Start teaching staff has been with the program since its inception.
The CHCCC state of the art childcare center opened in 2000 and it serves 72 children ages 2.6 to 5. Our extended day (8AM to 6PM) allows parents to leave for work and/or school knowing that their children will be cared for in a safe and loving environment. Forty four-year-olds at the center benefit from Universal Pre Kindergarten (UPK) classes, in addition to their enriched full day care day. UPK boosts children’s language development and early literacy skills as well as their math and science proficiency.