General Information & History
Pioneering a Child Care Resource and Referral Service
- 1970 Study commissioned by the United Fund and Olmsted County Department of Social Services
- 1972 Olmsted County Council for Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C's) established
1970s New Programs Launched
- United Way Nursery School Scholarships
- Child and Adult Care Food Program - Federally funded
- PAIIR - Parents Are Important in Rochester (One of six pilots funded in MN by Early Child and Family Education [ECFE] )
- Parents Anonymous chapter begun — United Way funded
1980s A Decade of Innovation
- Name changed to Child Care Resource and Referral, Inc.
- Programs piloted through MN Dept. of Education, Olmsted County, United Way, local employers
- School-Age Child Care Survey identifies 'latch key children' problem …and Building Partnerships to Meet the Needs of Children and Their Families
- Community Education School Age Child Care Program — Funded in part through Wellesley School Age Project
- Head Start Program in Olmsted County 1984; Freeborn County 1985
- IBM purchases child care referral services for employees
- Mayo Medical Center subsidizes child care for low income employees while they are on the wait list for assistance.
1990s A Decade of Growing Needs
- IBM donates funds to build Infant/Toddler Child Care Center for community
- Independent School District #535 contracts with CCR&R to provide School Readiness / Nursery School Partnership
- 1994 Crisis Nursery Program
- 1998 New Building
2000s Service to the Community Continues
- A Kinship Caregiver caseworker added to facilitate the Grandparents, Parenting Again Group and add services to the program.
- Head Start began partnership with Mayo Clinic Pediatric Resident Program. Residents rotate through Head Start in their third year.
- On-going support and implementation of the Incredible Years Curriculum year between Head Start and Olmsted County Children's Mental Health Resource Center occurred.
- CCR&R Head Start selected as an Americorps Early Literacy Site.
- CCR&R Head Start partners with Boys & Girls Club of Rochester to develop The Place. The Place provides support for children and youth from birth through high school graduation.