Child care is vital to the education of our children, the health of our communities, and the economic development of our state. FOCAL directs our child care programs and services toward improving the child care delivery system in Alabama. We address both the quality of child care and the funding of the child care subsidy program for low-income working parents.
FOCAL advocates for changes in child care policy that benefit and protect all of Alabama’s children. Currently we are actively pursuing the elimination of granting exemptions from child care licensure in the Alabama and the use of state and federal child care funds to support unlicensed child care programs. In collaboration with the Alabama Child Care Alliance, FOCAL secured state funding to maintain at least the current enrollment on the child care subsidy program for 2011.
The Department of Human Resources will be conducting a Child Care Market Rate Study during the Spring of 2011. FOCAL will provide training and assistance to child care providers to accurately complete and submit responses to the study. The study serves as the basis for determining rates to be paid to providers who serve children on the subsidy program.
The following organizations provide online resources that we have found helpful and informative:
October 1, 2015
It’s that time of year AGAIN! It’s time to STAND FOR CHILDREN! On Friday, November 13th the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama will host its ANNUAL STAND FOR CHILDREN CELEBRATION. Stand for Children is a public celebration in support of Early Care and Education programs in Alabama. Early Care and Education […]
May 10, 2013
In the article, FOCAL’s Executive Director notes that strong support is needed for early education and that “A child doesn’t start to learn at 4. These early years are the most impressionable.” Read the full article here. Share with others!
August 20, 2012
FOCAL’s Parents Advocate Change for Children (PACC) workshop on Saturday, August 18, 2012, fully engaged its audience of highly motivated parents. PACC is a five-month fellowship program providing professional training in parenting skills, group leadership, and ways to bring about personal and community change. This interactive session helped participants discover and learn ways to advocate […]
July 25, 2012
Parents Advocate Change for Children (PACC) is a six-month fellowship program providing professional training in parenting skills, group leadership, and ways to bring about personal and community change. Parent Mentors are a diverse group of parents and caregivers of pre-school age children who will form parent learning and support groups in their own communities throughout the […]
March 19, 2012
More than a thousand people—black, brown, and white—marched and sang and carried signs and banners along the historic Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Trail. We reenacted the 1965 Voting Rights March to demonstrate solidarity and support for pressing issues in Alabama today: voting rights, worker rights, Black farmers, fair immigration, criminal justice, health care, public […]
January 25, 2012
FOCAL and the Alabama Child Care Alliance launch a 2012 Child Care Funding Petition Drive to save child care funding in the 2013 Alabama budget. We urge concerned citizens and voters to sign the petition to show Alabama Legislators that we stand behind child care funding as a necessity for the economic growth of Alabama. […]
April 21, 2009
Underprotected, Undersupported reveals some stark facts about Alabama’s practice of exempting some child care programs from meeting basic standards of health, safety, and well being. Currently more than 40% of Alabama’s child care centers are unlicensed, and those unlicensed facilities also benefit from state childcare subsidies. This needlessly jeopardizes the health, safety, and well being […]
November 10, 2005
Coming Undone: The State of Child Care in Alabama documents the damage inflicted on the child care delivery system by child care policies and regulations in Alabama. Of particular concern is the decreasing quality of child care in the state, as licensed child care programs close their doors and enrollment at unlicensed programs increases. Deplorably, […]