CARE FOR NEWCOMER CHILDREN(CNC): THE MODEL
When an Service Providing Organizations (SPOs) is funded to provide care to newcomer children while parents participate in CIC-funded services, it now falls under the Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) model.
Development of the CNC Model and Requirements was carried out from July 2009 through March 2010 by a team from CMAS and with advice from an Advisory Committee. The Committee included academics and representatives of stakeholder groups from across the country. CMAS conducted extensive consultations with the settlement community to collect data and carry out interviews electronically and in person through site visits, meetings, and conference participation.
The CNC model builds on features of the current LINC childminding and Occasional Child Care programs while extending them to create a single, comprehensive system for CNC delivery that integrates a wide range of programming options. The CNC model is designed to be flexible, to permit SPOs to care for more newcomer children in a variety of formats and settings, and to ensure CNC programs can be modernized and streamlined in tandem with new policy initiatives and changes in adult service delivery.
The newest elements of the CNC model were tested at two pilot sites during the 2011/12 contract year.
To support the delivery of settlement services by making it possible for SPOs in all provinces to offer safe and healthy CNC programs within a comprehensive and flexible system; to meet the needs of parents; and provide effective and efficient standards that manage risks and support newcomer child development.
To move towards more efficient allocation of resources to ensure better uptake of settlement services while controlling costs.
Types of Care
Three basic types of care are being adopted: Long Term, Short Term and Combined. These types of care could be offered individually or in combination. This would depend on client needs in relation to settlement programs, SPO capacity, and CIC approval.
Long Term Care is defined as “care that is provided on a regular basis to the same group of children.” It will be chosen by SPOs offering regular, ongoing programs such as Language Instruction (LINC).
Short Term Care is defined as “care that is provided on an irregular, occasional basis to children who are usually different each time care is offered.” It will be chosen when care for an individual child is needed on an irregular, occasional basis by SPOs offering settlement services.
Combined Care gives SPOs the opportunity to mix children and is defined as “care for children who attend on a daily basis as well as children who attend on an irregular basis.” This care is offered in the same space at the same time.
The CNC model allows SPOs the flexibility to develop their CNC program based on specific organizational needs and resources available. It reduces barriers, allowing you to meet the needs of newcomer families and achieve your organizational goals. The CNC model allows you to:
1. Effectively meet the needs of your clients.
2. Support the distinctive settlement needs of newcomer families through improved programming.