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.
EXAMPLE: Jenna’s organization offers settlement services and full-time language classes. From time to time, she offers information sessions and the parents require care for their children during these sessions. Since Jenna offers few information sessions and does not have the additional space for a separate CNC program, Jenna decides to offer Combined care. She has a large enough space, and with careful scheduling for staffing and activities, she has the Short Term children join the children attending Long Term. She now can offer one childcare program for all, regardless of the CIC-funded service or how long the children will stay in care.