CCCC’s staff are hired on the basis of education, experience, and their ability to relate to young children. We are proud that we have a higher staff retention rate than the industry average — almost half of our current staff have been with CCCC for three years or more and some staff have been with the organization for more than two decades! Our low staff turnover results in a high degree of stability for our children and the chance for them to form strong relationships with their caregivers.
Education, Background Checks, and Training
Of approximately 30 staff members, a third have completed bachelor’s degrees or higher and another third are current students in early childhood education or have completed associates’ degrees. All employees have passed a criminal history background check, as required by the State of Oregon Childcare Division. We also check references for all employees. All classroom staff maintain current first aide/CPR certification and must hold a current Oregon Food handler’s permit, and receive periodic child abuse recognition training.
The Executive Director, and Site Directors as well as teaching staff are members of the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children. All staff members participate in at least 25 hours of continuing education annually, through CCCC’s in-service program as well as outside classes and workshops. The staff is also encouraged to enroll in Pathways and the Professional Development Registry, county and state systems implemented to recognize and reward the training and experience of childcare professionals.