Child Care Resource Network (CCRN) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization established more than 25 years ago as a child care resource and referral agency devoted to the child care and early education needs of Western New Yorkers. Since its inception, CCRN has played an integral role in the impact area of childhood development and education and has paid particular attention to services that meet the needs of economically challenged and underserved segments of the community. The mission of CCRN is to support families, child care providers, employers, and the community by developing and advocating for high-quality, accessible and affordable child care for all children. This mission is achieved through the following activities:
• Working with families to identify early child care and school-age care options (including before-school and after-school programs) to meet their needs;
• Providing families with information on available subsidies, grants, and tax credits to make child care more affordable;
• Registering and monitoring family and school age child care programs to ensure alignment with New York State regulatory requirements;
• Administering the Child and Adult Care Food Program to eligible child care providers;
• Serving as the enrollment agency for legally exempt child care providers;
• Serving as the lead operations agency for Help Me Grow WNY;
• Developing quality improvement plans for child care providers and school-age care programs;
• Providing training, professional development, and credentialing for child care and school-age care providers.
Recently, CCRN has also engaged in special projects that include work with refugee and military veteran populations, children experiencing excessively challenging behaviors, children traumatized by severe poverty or other dire life circumstances, and pregnant and parenting teens. CCRN holds contracts with U.S. Department of Agriculture for local administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and with New York State Office of Child and Family Services (NYS OCFS) for child care resource and referral work, as well as for coordination of the Western New York (WNY) Infant Toddler Resource Network. CCRN also subcontracts with the NYS OCFS with the authority to perform registration activities for family and school age child care programs as identified under Social Service Law 390. Additional community service and education programs are supported by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, philanthropic foundations, fee-for-service work, and private contributions.