The Children’s Forum operates the Refugee Home-Based Childcare Microenterprise Development Project (RCCDP) in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, funded by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement. The Forum provides business development mentorship, training, assistance, and funding to help refugees learn English, navigate the American culture to open a family child care home business, and enroll children of other refugee families so that their parents can return to work.
Supporting a vulnerable population to gain economic self-sufficiency has clear and obvious impacts on the revenues and tax base of a community. The RCCDP empowers refugee women to own their own businesses; allows other refugees to work assured that their children are well cared for; and provides safe and nurturing environments for young refugee children, preparing them for success.
The project goals are to:
Assist women refugees in becoming economically self-sufficient.
- Establish working partnerships with the refugee resettlement service agencies
- Identify women refugees who are not economically self sufficient via resettlement agencies in the Miami-Dade area
- Establish working partnerships with county and State governments responsible for human services
Help refugee communities in developing employment and capital resources.
- Provide training/education appropriate for developing successful employment opportunities and capital resources.
- Provide technical expertise necessary to help refugee women start home-based child care businesses and develop employment and capital resources.
- Align refugee women with young children with family child care homes established by other refugee women of their same cultural and ethnic background.
Enhance the integration of refugees into the mainstream.
- Promote development and education to become an integral part of the economic mainstream.
- Promote economic independence and integration with the community through home-based child care business development.
- Provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency.
The Forum has a long history of serving vulnerable populations in the child care field through training, advising, mentorship, and coaching.
The Children’s Forum received $350,000 through competitive funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant #s 90RG0161 and 90RG0164. The project will be fully financed with Federal funds. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.