WKU awarded $2.2 million annual contract to host new Family Child Care Network of Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Child Care & Development Block Grant awarded WKU with a $2.2 million annual contract. With this contract, the school will host the new Family Child Care Network of Kentucky while subcontracting out to other agencies across the state. 

WKU’s Department of Training & Technical Assistance Services will house and administer FCCN-KY, a non-profit that  supports and trains family child care providers.

WKU will provide support necessary infrastructure and oversight in eight established child care regions. 

This award will help home child care providers serve children and families in all walks of life from school to daily needs. It will also teach them how to be successful business owners while at it. 

The network is responsible for recruiting, coaching, training, offering technical assistance and other support to family child care providers.

Infant Toddler Specialist and Director Dr. Amy Hood said that if parents know their children have a safe provider to stay with, it may help folks be able to return to the workforce. 

“Part of the issue, especially with the Covid pandemic is that childcare centers have closed across the state. We’ve lost about 10 percent. When you don’t have a safe and trusted place for your child to go, then you don’t want to leave them with somebody that you don’t know and trust,” said Hood.

Hood continued to say this will create a great venue for students at the university to go into early childhood programming and receive scholarships.