Child Care Information Services (CCIS)
Our mission is
Helping families in the Lehigh Valley to obtain and sustain child care.
Child Care Information Services (CCIS) is a private,
non-profit agency, incorporated in 1993. Our mission is to assist families
in obtaining and sustaining quality child care.
Our primary activity is the management of the state subsidized child care program for low-income residents of Northampton County through a contract with Northampton County Human Services. The purpose of the program is to provide subsidized child care funding for children of eligible families at the child care provider of the parent's choice. Approximately 2,000 Northampton County children, enrolled with more than 350 child care providers, benefit from the program each day.
CCIS originated and operates the Unconditional Child Care program. This unique program provides support services for troubled young children in danger of losing their child care placement due to difficult behavior problems. Any child enrolled in child care in the Lehigh Valley is eligible for services. Services are provided in the child’s child care program and in the home. Most of the children receiving services are under the age of five, and most are referred because of angry, aggressive and violent behavior that can cause harm to others or even to themselves. Approximately 160 children receive Unconditional Child Care services each year. Other programs offered by CCIS include provision of child care information and referral for families of all income levels and the purchase of child care for families working with County child protective services and the Easton Housing Authority.
A Board of Directors of community volunteers governs the organization. The Board meets each month. Directors are expected to attend monthly Board meetings, make annual financial contributions as they are able, and participate in Board committees. CCIS employs full and part-time staff that include people from diverse backgrounds and ages.
The staff and Board of CCIS believe that the experiences that children have during their early years will affect them throughout their lives. Because of this, CCIS works hard to ensure that families are given the resources and opportunities that they need to obtain and maintain quality child care so that the children can grow up to have successful futures.