Statewide Restructuring Severely Impacts UCM’s Workshop on Wheels
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 6, 2010) – State funding reductions have caused the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network (MOCCRRN) to eliminate support for four of its eight network agencies. A $750,000 budget decline over the past two fiscal years necessitated the reorganization of the network, which provides services to Missouri child care providers and families.
The University of Central Missouri’s Workshop on Wheels is one of the agencies impacted by the reduction. It has served 13 counties in west central Missouri for the past two decades.
Mike Wright, dean of the UCM College of Education, said the university recently learned of MOCCRRN’s plans to restructure its regional delivery system. UCM was notified June 28 of MOCCRRN’s decision, which became effective July 1.
“This is extremely unfortunate. The cuts will be deeply felt in small communities throughout west central Missouri which have benefitted from services and programs that help child care providers and families,” Wright said. “Our staff members have done a phenomenal job serving MOCCRRN constituents, and this is in no way a reflection of their performance.”
MOCCRRN’s consolidated regional service delivery system will now include the Family Conservancy in Kansas City, MOCCRRN Mid-Missouri in Columbia, Child Day Care Association in St. Louis, and Council of Churches of the Ozarks in Springfield. In addition to UCM’s Workshop on Wheels, other founding organizations for which MOCCRRN funding has been eliminated include the YWCA in St. Joseph and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
In an effort to alleviate the impact of the MOCCRRN cuts, UCM’s College of Education and Office of Sponsored Programs will continue to pursue funding opportunities that support child care services across Missouri.
UCM’s Workshop on Wheels provided developmentally appropriate educational workshops, conferences, and on-site technical assistance for home- and center-based child care providers. It also provided child care referrals, inclusion services, accreditation assistance, and professional development opportunities within Benton, Camden, Cooper, Dallas, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Johnson, Laclede, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, and Pettis counties.
Anyone who has questions about MOCCRRN’s remaining services should call 1-800-200-9017.