New resource center helps child care providers, serving throughout peninsula
SALISBURY, Md. – Child care providers will receive a helping hand, as funding help from Salisbury University opens the doors of a new resource center.
A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday afternoon for the Eastern Shore Child Care Resource Center by Maryland Family Network. It will provide training and coaching services, assist families with finding child care, and improve learning environments for kids.
Yet according to Director Leslie Sinclair, the help they provide doesn’t just stop at the center.
“Mentoring for childcare providers involves visiting the classroom, speaking to them about questions they might have, or trying out new things in the classroom. Maybe a new arrangement. So we have a lot. We’re a one-stop shop,” ESCCRC Director Leslie Sinclair said.
The center’s resource room gives providers a chance to get materials they might need for day-to-day activities.
Plus, the center also got a name change, as a new permit will allow it to support communities in all eight counties of the peninsula. Staff says it helps them expand their reach and provide a resource to the shore. “We’re reaching out and asking them the same things. What have you not had? What have you wished you had? How can we meet those needs,” Program Specialist Rosalie Merryweather said.
“We need someone who knows who we are. What are demographics are. What are our needs? Where are things different here on the shore than they may be somewhere else? The resource center is really in tune to how our needs differ.”
That center is located in SU’s east campus complex. If you’d like to find out more, you can call 410-543-6650.