The NIÑO Project – Refugee Child Care

Report
Terri MacDonald and Kate Nelson
Symphorose Renzaho
Zainab Dalib
Jodi Larson – Farrow
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The NIÑO Project is a program of Mountain States
group META program
META - Micro Enterprise Training and Assistance
META provides start up business loans to
underserved entrepreneurs
META provides one on one counseling,
Workshops and Affordable business plan training
The NIÑO Project is a grant project. There are no
loans involved.
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Assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient
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Increase home-based child care options for refugee
families
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Promote Quality Child Care for refugee families
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Must still be a refugee.
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Must live on ground floor of apartment
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Must have landlord permission.
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Must meet all requirements of State, City
and NIÑO Project requirements.
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Providers must have signed landlord approval
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Must meet all Child Care licensing requirements
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Must have current CPR and First Aid certificates
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Participate in 10 hours business startup class
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Participate in 4 hours child related classes
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Commit to 14 hours of training a year
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Meet all ICCP requirements
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Money for child care licensing requirements
and equipment
Technical Assistance
Interpreter Assistance
Family child care business classes
Child care related classes
Home visits
Information for Idaho Child Care Program
requirements
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• 61 participants enrolled and went through the
NIÑO Project training.
• 37 participants were fully licensed by the City of
Boise or the State of Idaho
• 128 slots were opened for families based on 4
openings per child care
• 46 parents were enrolled in the facilities opened in
the end of the 2013 project year
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• 84 children were enrolled in these facilities at the
end of the 2013 project year
• At the end of the project, 32 refugees remained fully
licensed child care providers
• At the end of the project, 32 NIÑO providers were
receiving over $26,000 in child care subsidies each
month.
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Apartment Complex permission
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Navigating the Idaho Child Care Program ( ICCP)
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Transportation Issues
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Expectations of child care
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Filling child care homes to capacity
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Ethnic Somali
Somali – Bantu
Rwandan
Congolese
Burmese
Burundi
Togo
Iraq
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Central District Health
Boise City
Idaho AEYC
Agency for New Americans
International Rescue Committee
World Relief
Idaho Office for Refugees
IdahoSTARS
Health and Welfare
St. Alphonso's Hospital
CPR Lifesaver
And more
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Arrived in the US in 2008
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Spent year in a refugee camp in Thailand
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Now has 3 children enrolled in child care which
includes her grandchild
Active and engaged in NIÑO on – going classes
Tu Tu’s English has improved dramatically since
she enrolled in the NIÑO Project
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Ali arrived with his family in March of 2009
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Spent most of his life in a Kenyan refugee camp
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Became NIÑO’s first licensed child care
provider on February 14th, 2012
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Ali cares for his sister’s 5 children
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Ali attends NIÑO and CWI classes
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Add 12 New providers per year
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Re-enroll 10 providers per year
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6 to 8 participants will be enrolled in the NIÑO
Project’s Professional Development Program
Provide on going home visits and technical
assistance to all providers enrolled
Provide on going child care related classes for
Boise City Credit.
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Currently, there are 6 new child care providers
enrolled in the NIÑO Project as of December
2013.
20 providers have re-enrolled in the project
5 providers are now licensed by Boise City
3 providers have enrolled children in care
And, finally, the Professional Development
Program has 6 participants.

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