In 1998, University Neighborhood Housing Program sponsored a meeting with local day care providers, developers of affordable housing, neighborhood leaders and community groups to discuss child care options. At a follow up meeting, 50 home-based providers shared concerns. These included the difficulty of getting placed on Agency for Child Development (ACD) approved list, the need for health insurance, training, and client recruitment/retention. These meeting led to the creation of Providers United, a network of more than 50 family daycare providers working in the Fordham and Bedford Park neighborhoods of the northwest Bronx. In the summer of 2000, Providers United applied to the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) funding for subsidized day care slots. The network was awarded 50 daycare slots, and the ACS/ACD program started on April 28th, 2003 and continued under the same contract until September 30, 2012.
In October 2012, Fordham Bedford Community Services received a contract from ACS to participate in the Early Learn NYC initiative in Early Childhood Education. This contract opened a new chapter of our history with ACD as we ended our involvement as Providers United, and began functioning under the Early Learn umbrella. Early Learn NYC was created as a comprehensive program to address school readiness from 6 weeks to 5 years-old, before children enter public school. It merges the childcare systems and the early childhood education systems into a seamless approach to child preparedness. Early Learn NYC focuses on program design & management, education & disabilities, health & mental health & nutrition, and family & community engagement. By incorporating these four building blocks together, the goal is to improve the overall childcare experience for children and families in NYC.
The FBCS Family Child Care Network through Early Learn NYC services children, families, and childcare providers in the Bronx. We currently service providers and families who are located mainly in 10453, 10458, 10468, 10467, and the surrounding areas. Families enrolled in our services must have children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old and must become eligible to receive ACS subsidized childcare through either working or going to school. Providers who wish to be a part of the network must be licensed through the DOH, be motivated to increase their knowledge and quality of childcare services, and be located in an area of need for the Network.
To apply to receive childcare services or to become a part of the Network, please contact the Network at the information below:
Fordham Bedford Community Services @ Jacob’s Place