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URGENT NEWS — PLEASE READ

Important changes at CCRC

 

We want to thank you for your unwavering support of Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) over the years and to share with you some important information about the agency’s decision to close.

For more than 40 years, CCRC has served as a source of information and support for families in Massachusetts. As the first Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) in the state and one of the first in the country, CCRC has helped to advance the field of Early Childhood Education as a national priority. Your commitment to our mission and involvement in our work has been invaluable to this success.

That is why it is so difficult to inform you that, after considerable deliberation, our Board of Directors decided that CCRC would not apply to the Department of Early Education and Care’s (EEC) new contract proposal for child care resource & referral services to begin January 1, 2013. This difficult decision was made in response to a number of changes and additional requirements in the new contract. These changes make it impossible to provide the services required by the EEC contract at the same level of quality we provide today. You’ll find more details about the Board’s decision outlined in the attached Important CCRC Announcement.

Ultimately, this means that CCRC will stop providing family support and provider services on December 31, when our current contract with EEC ends. Until that time we are working closely with EEC and the new CCR&R agencies to ensure a smooth transition of our families and child care providers to their new service providers. CCRC will continue to manage a few local projects through June 2013 and will cease all operations entirely shortly thereafter.

Together, we have served the needs of families, advanced the professional status of child care providers and secured the right of all families to access quality early education and care. We took on this unchartered territory in the 1970s, and paved the way for quality child care providers and working moms – when it didn’t pay to be either. Our success changed public opinion and sparked the creation of an industry which put market forces to work doing what they’re supposed to do – direct money to what society values: children. For all we have accomplished together, there is much to celebrate.

We are grateful for your involvement with CCRC, the perspectives you shared, and the support you provided that ensured we were able to accomplish our goals with the highest standards.

As always there is more to do and we are confident that you will continue advancing the best interests of children for generations to come with your ongoing investment in programs and agencies that promote healthy child development and quality early education and care.

Thank you again for all you have done to support our important work.

Best regards,

Laura Wernick                        Gloria Franqui
Board President                      Executive Director