Refugee Family Child Care Provider Project

Worksite Location
CCE Madison-Oneida County
Faculty Sponsor
John Eckenrode
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Lisa McCabe
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Ronald Bunce
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

This project will explore the needs around supporting recent refugees who are interested in becoming licensed, home-based child care providers. Although there has been some preliminary interest shown in this project, the community would benefit from a better understanding of how best to support this work. The project will use multiple methods to gather information including interviews and/or focus groups and a literature review. Findings will be written up in a report that would include some recommendations for moving forward. There is also the possibility of extending the internship with some funding from Oneida County CCE so that the student could remain connected for a longer period of time.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student intern would first spend some time shadowing some of the staff who do home visits with child care providers to get a better sense of what in-home child care is like. Then the student would play a lead role in conducting the needs assessment in the community to better gauge interest, barriers, and supports related to supporting recent refugees who want to become licensed family child care providers. Needs assessment will be based on interviews/focus groups with refugees, members of the child care training community (who would assist with the process of becoming registered), and members of the Rochester community who are undertaking a similar effort. The intern would also conduct a literature search related to family child care with refugee populations. Finally, the intern will synthesize information gathered into a written report for community members, with the possibility of also presenting findings through an academic conference or journal.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
Strong interpersonal skills, strong writing skills, enthusiasm for applied research, interest in learning more about refugee populations and child care, some knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods would be helpful.

Benefits and Skills

The student would gain the following benefits/skills from participation in the internship:

- Experience using qualitative methods of data collection (e.g. interviews and/or focus groups) and analyses
- Experience conducting research in collaboration with community members
- Experience writing for and sharing research findings with community members
- Knowledge of in-home child care, based on review of research literature and hands on experience, with an emphasis on how these programs function for refugee families