Improving the Quality of Child Care Through Economies of Scale

In recent years, Texas advocates, researchers, child care providers, public officials, and other stakeholders have been working to improve the quality of child care and access to quality child care, especially for low-income families. While there is no silver bullet, using a Shared Services framework to strengthen systems at the provider level is a promising concept. A Shared Services approach focuses on sharing skilled staff and resources to provide business and pedagogical leadership among a network of center- and/or home-based providers.

In at least 28 states, and more than two dozen communities, early care and education leaders are using a Shared Services approach to help tackle long-standing challenges such as raising and sustaining program quality, increasing teacher compensation, and implementing sound business practices. This preliminary brief explores various models of Shared Services and special considerations for the state of Texas.

To learn more about Shared Services in Texas, check out the full report below.

 

Shared Services Alliance 

Shared Services empower child care providers by helping them save time and money on day-to-day operations, so they can invest back into their businesses, provide quality care, and best serve their children and families. CHILDREN AT RISK is working to establish Shared Services Alliances in three regions across Texas – Amarillo, Central Texas, and San Antonio. These alliances will allow child care providers to partner with other providers and nonprofits in their area to leverage economies of scale and secure the best prices on goods and services.

Shared Services Webinar Series

The goal of Shared Services is to help Hubs (Non-profits or other organizations) and Members (Child care centers or homes) learn best practices for Shared Services and Alliance formations. Many child care providers do not have a streamline process to help with administrative tasks. The first video in our webinar series discusses automation.

Automation helps hub organizations manage tasks to improve their day-to-day business operations. The goal is to help build processes for child care providers to have a strong iron triangle. Automation is a critical component to building a strong Shared Services Alliance. Through the use of automation, providers will not only improve their efficiency with administrative tasks, but they will be able to spend more time on providing quality child care to children.

The second video in our Shared Services webinar series discusses pedagogy. Pedagogy is how we lead teaching and early education programs in the industry that foster environments to promote educational success. Pedagogical leadership is a major focus of any Shared Services Alliance. The goal is to help providers use best pedagogical practices so that they can improve the quality of education for their children.