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DFS and Children’s Action Alliance Announce Change for Child Care Training Services

posted Sep 18, 2013, 3:50 PM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov
Over the next six months, the Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance announced they will be working on a plan to transition STARS, the Statewide Training and Resource System for child care providers.

The transition will  end the  contract between the Department of Family Services and  the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance to maintain the training registry for licensed child care providers around the state. 

Jillian Balow, Administrator for the DFS Family Assistance Division, said the move is part of a plan to create a one-stop resource for child care providers and parents seeking quality child care. 
“We are extremely grateful to the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance for providing services so well for so many years,” said Balow. “We appreciate the strong foundation they established, and we want to continue to build on that.”

She noted, the Alliance has served in its current capacity as a contract provider for the child care registry for DFS for the past 13 years. 

Balow said the Department hopes to complete the transition of training registry services by the end of the current contract period with the Alliance, March 31, 2014.

“Our board and staff are committed to continue to provide the same level of quality customer service and support throughout the transition period”, Deanna Frey, Director of the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance said.

Balow said the extended transition period would allow for more careful planning so no training services are interrupted.  At the end of that time, she said she expects the roll out of a more integrated and streamlined child care resource and referral system.”

The Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission since 1992 has been to improve the well-being of children and families in Wyoming.