Rhode Island Council of Resource Providers for Children, Youth, and Families
Many states and provinces through out North America have professional associations for child and youth workers. RICORP plans to be home for a Rhode Island Association. As a statewide organization of child/youth care providers, a new Rhode Island Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (RIACYCP) will provide support, involvement, and communication with others in the profession. Theses associations of child and youth professionals promote the cutting edge of best practice and professional ethics for its members.
RICORP would like to lead the way for the development of the Rhode Island Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals. Many of these state and provintial associations plan staff development and education programs, while also providing consultation and technical assistance . The educational programs can be held in conjunction with RICORP's professional certiﬁcation process with the national Child and Youth Certification Board (CYCCB).
Members are encouraged but not required, to become certiﬁed.
“All it really takes to be a successful youth and child care provider is a big heart.”
Those of us who have dedicated our careers to the service of youth and children understand just how misleading or not fully uderstood what our profession has become. We know in fact that effective outcomes require education, knowledge, skill, experience, techniques, resources, and yes, compassion. We’ve learned that our profession requires the same competencies demanded in both business and government positions. There are many and varied challenges which we, as direct care providers, all face and master on a daily basis.
There are also numerous individual stories covering a broad spectrum of services and programs for children and youth in various state and local facilities and agencies. Child and Youth workers carry similar personal histories of struggle, achievement, sacriﬁce, adaptation, innovation, and resiliency. We often ask for little, yet give much.
From child day care, school, to after school programs, whether residential or community based, we use every imaginable resource to meet the direct and indirect needs of each new generation of those in these special settings. Yet, all too often, we’ve had to ﬁnd our way to competency, sometimes with little formal support or encouragement. RICACYCP believes we can change that with more public awareness of our profession. We are more than just baby sitters.
Whether you’re exploring career options, newly employed, or celebrating another milestone, we want to help light the way. We wish to provide the resources and support, where, how, and when you need it. By giving you access to training specialized just for you, we help you develop key competencies, which improve program outcomes. Better outcomes reduce errors and stress, while nurturing the spirit, which brought you to this work in the ﬁrst place. We battle isolation and burnout by connecting you with a statewide network of supportive peers.
RIACYCP wants to advocate for you as a professional in both public and private venues. We will celebrate your victories and rally to your challenges.
The goal of RIACYCP is to help maintain the high quality of care that promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of children and youth by: