CATHOLIC CHILDHOOD NETWORKS The Catholic Church has created a network of faith-based child-care centers across the U.S. and Canada, providing services that include daycare, home schooling and other support services.
The network is called FaithCare, and its mission is to provide safe, nurturing, child-centered environments that foster faith- and family-based learning, says Catholic ChildCare Alliance President Michael J. DePaulo.
The nonprofit centers are funded by private donations.
FaithCare has received a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
In January, it received another $7.5 million from the U and Canadian governments to support its efforts.
A Catholic organization in Canada, the Catholic Church Children’s Hospital, recently opened a faith-centered child care center.
Faith-based Child Care Alliance, Inc. is headquartered in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Catholic Childcare Alliance has received over $1.6 million from Catholic Charities and a $1 million grant by the U, Canada and Mexico governments.
It is part of the faith-driven network that includes churches, schools, daycares, nursing homes and other providers.
The faith-filled care centers are staffed by staff who are trained in faith, are trained to be emotionally engaged with children, and offer children the opportunity to connect with a faith community that shares their values.
Faith care centers have become a staple for families looking to make sure their children are healthy and thriving in their new homes, DePaula says.
The hope is that by providing services and resources that are inclusive of all cultures, the network can provide more than just a place to stay.
DeQuan, the chief executive of Faith Care, says that because of its emphasis on providing safe, caring, child care and education, the faith centers are uniquely suited to serve the needs of those in need.
The center’s first home-schooled child, a 5-year-old girl who had an allergic reaction to a medication, was transferred to a Catholic Child Care Network in California in the fall of 2018.
The girl had a life-threatening allergic reaction when she was treated at a Catholic Health Care Center in Santa Monica, and the center sent her home.
The home-based care center was in need of a caregiver to care for her.
Faith Care arranged to have the child transferred to the California Catholic Health Center for two weeks, and then a week after that to a FaithCare center for three weeks.
The next week, the child was taken to a local child care facility in Oakland.
The child was not receiving any other services, and was placed with a Faith Care care coordinator.
In October, the California center had to cancel her schedule because of a new case of bronchiolitis that required hospitalization.
“I was excited to see her go from being in the hospital for the last week and a half of her stay, to her being back in the center in three days,” DeQuann says.
“And the fact that she was able to be home-educated in her first two weeks there, and be in a community of people who were supportive of her.
We felt really blessed.
She was just a normal, happy little girl.”
After that first trip to the FaithCare facility, the mother returned home.
After three weeks, she went back to the Catholic Health care Center in Oakland, and again was placed in a Faithcare care coordinator and again transferred to an Oakland Faith Care Center.
The family moved into a new home in the summer of 2019.
The Child Care Center now has three kids in its care, and DeQuas says that is more than enough time for a child to experience the joy of home.
“They are not just sitting on the couch in the daycare or in the nursing home, but they are able to interact with a community that cares about them and who cares about their needs,” De Quas says.
Faith centers have also become a source of hope for families who have had problems with their children.
“We were told that the kids had been traumatized by what happened in California, and that they would never recover,” De Quinn says.
Now, she says, the kids have a sense of hope that the Faith Care centers are providing them with the support and support they need.
“There are many, many more kids that have experienced trauma, but have not been able to really be there for their family or to be able to connect to the faith community because they have been out of the system for so long,” Dequas says, “and they’re now at the same point of life where they can connect with those that are there.”
In addition to the child-focused faith-related care centers, the Child Care Centers of America offer many other child-friendly services to children, including play groups, day care, day programs, enrichment programs, after-school