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Philadelphia Family Child Care Consortium (Pipeline)




PFCCC Key Terms 
 Pipeline Recruitment 2021

 PD Opportunities for FCC Providers 

 Pipeline Pulse Newsletter
 Our Agency Partners

Pipeline Advisory Committee & Leadership Assembly

Mission & Vision Statements 

Opportunities for Pipeline Advisory Committee

- Mentor/Coach Interest Form (coming soon)






















 Philadelphia Family Child Care Consortium


Early childhood education stakeholders developed the concept of a Referral Continuum, a pipeline of supports that takes Family Child Care (FCC) Providers from initial licensing through accreditation. Through research and collaboration with community partners, PFCCC was created. PFCCC aims to support the process of FCC Providers pursuing quality improvement initiatives.

PFCCC will strengthen services, develop new initiatives, improve communication and advocacy, and create new partnership opportunities, all to support FCC Providers in improving quality and sustainability.

PFCCC provides the following resources to FCC Providers:

  • Coaches & Mentors
  • Road map to achieving and sustaining quality within programs
  • Access to professional development tailored to the needs and interests of FCC Providers


PFCCC's Pipeline


Pipeline (PFCCC's Nickname)

The process of which FCC Providers are connected to our Core Agency Partners and enrolled into an initiative that supports them through program start-up phase to STAR 3 & 4. Our Core Agency Partners are responsible for various components of the process as follows:

  • YMCA Family Child Care Network: Start-up/New FCC Providers
  • Aspire to Inspire: STAR 1 FCC Providers
  • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund: STAR 2 FCC Providers
  • EQUIP: STAR 2 FCC Providers (Seasonal Entry)

PFCCC also has Support Agency Partners that are not directly linked to the Pipeline outlined above; however, they offer additional support to FCC Providers throughout the initiative.

We are recruiting FCC Providers for 2021! If you are interested in being part of PFCCC's Pipeline, please complete the form below based upon your program's STAR level and an Agency Partner representative will contact you.

YMCA Family Child Care Network The Kimble Group, LLC (Aspire to Inspire) District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund First Up (EQUIP)

The YMCA Family Child Care Network will support and provide services in the following areas:

  • Provide licensing and start – up support to new providers
  • Provide health and safety support to new providers
  • Offer the Child Development Preparatory Coursework training to family child care providers

Start-up/New FCC providers, start here!


The Kimble Group, LLC is a collaborative of consultant businesses providing services in the following areas:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Professional Development 
  • Finance
  • Creative Consulting
  • Personal and Group coaching

STAR 1 FCC providers, start here!

The District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund will support and provide services in the following areas:

  • One-on-one support and consultation
  • Access to group coaching sessions
  • Access to opportunities to pursue educational goals
  • Professional development opportunities tailored to the needs of FCC providers

STAR 2 FCC providers, start here!

EQUIP (Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program) is an 18-24-month initiative. Within the initiative, FCC providers receive:

  • Intensive coaching
  • Program improvement funds
  • Resources that target movement in Keystone STARS from a STAR 2 to a STAR 3 

STAR 2 FCC providers, start here!(seasonal entry only)




 Professional Development (PD) Opportunities for FCC Providers

Hosted by District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund

Hosted by First Up (EQUIP)

Spanish PD (March) Hosted by First Up (EQUIP)


About Our Agency Partners


District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund is a nationally-recognized non-profit workforce development provider to develop accessible educational and professional development solutions that directly address FCC provider’s biggest needs. Furthermore, District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund is connected to many local organizing initiatives among Philadelphia’s FCC provider community. In 2016, as new Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney’s administration prepared to launch its signature “PHLpreK” expansion of publicly-funded pre-school seats, the Training Fund and UCCU collaborated to develop an “FCC Hub” for providers interested in participating in PHLpreK. Officially launched in early 2017, the FCC Hub has helped participating providers successfully secure and maintain PHLpreK seats; increase their STAR quality ratings; access ongoing professional development and training opportunities; and develop more-sustainable business plans and practices. 

The YMCA Family Child Care Network was established in 1991 with the goal of providing affordable, accessible and quality child care for low-income families in Philadelphia or in the Philadelphia County region. The goal supports the mission of the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. The YMCA Family Child Care Network seeks to promote the healthy development of children from low-income families.  This is accomplished by increasing the quantity and quality of affordable, accessible child care with a particular emphasis on creating quality care environments that are nurturing, safe, supportive and developmentally appropriate in terms of school readiness. 

The Kimble Group, LLC (Aspire to Inspire) consultants assist early childhood/education/childcare organizations with quality improvement of learning environments, professional development, talent acquisition, program management, family engagement and business practices. The “aspire to inspire stars “initiative assists STAR 1 programs (family, group & center) move to STAR 2 through coaching, mentoring and technical assistance.                                                                                                          

First Up EQUIP (Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program) is designed to support early care and education centers and FCC providers in improving and sustaining quality in Pennsylvania's Keystone STARS Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Keystone STARS is a statewide QRIS that is comprised of four levels, STAR 1 through 4. Achieving high quality early care and education is a critical activity to promote positive development of children in Philadelphia and the nation, particularly for children from low-income families. In addition, EQUIP supports sustainability at the centers by offering leadership development as well as financial awards for centers that achieve a STAR 3 or 4.


Agency Partner Highlight: The Kimble Group, LLC (Aspire to Inspire)