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Shared Services Business Alliance for DC Child Development Homes and Expanded Home Facilities

Friday, October 13, 2017

District residents rely on small, private child development homes to provide safe, healthy, quality, and affordable child care, before and after school care, and nontraditional hour care (e.g., evenings and weekends) throughout the city. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) awarded a Shared Services Business Alliance Grant (“the Alliance”) to Infant Toddler Family Day Care (ITFDC) to provide administrative and business support functions to child development homes that are interested in joining the Alliance. ITFDC will expand its 30+ year shared services business from Fairfax, VA to the District of Columbia to support District homes and expanded home facilities.

Who is Infant Toddler Family Day Care (ITFDC)?

ITFDC has been a trusted early child care and education resource for families in the Washington Metropolitan Area since 1983. ITFDC has marketing expertise, workforce development assistance, accounting and bookkeeping services, effective referral and enrollment processes, and training and support services in place that will be made available to DC homes in the Alliance.

What are shared services and projected benefits?

The shared services business model is a vehicle for reducing costs and workloads for child care providers. The Alliance is meant to enable providers to have more time to focus on the care and education of children rather than devote time to operational and administrative functions that could be performed more effectively and efficiently by people with specific administrative and operational expertise. Additionally, the Alliance is meant to help transform the current early care and education system in the District to meet the emerging financial and operational challenges that impact the long-term viability of child development homes and expanded homes. The services available through the Alliance are designed to have the following short-term and long-term benefits.

Short-Term Benefits Long-Term Benefits
  • Improved business operations and bookkeeping (e.g. billing and invoices)
  • Sponsorship for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Easy access to professional development, training opportunities, and technical assistance through calls and site visits
  • Assistance with meeting minimum education and annual professional development licensing requirements
  • Enhanced revenues through a partnership around operational tasks such as enrollment and recruitment of families
  • Marketing to help grow and sustain the home provider’s business
  • Access to specialized expertise and technologies
  • Increased time to focus on providing high-quality care and education

Who to contact to for more information:

Information and sign-up support:
Saundra Armstrong
DC Shared Services Project Manager
[email protected] | (703) 352-3449 x113

General questions:
Michael Rowe
OSSE Program Manager
[email protected] | (202) 727-8123

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