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Quality Care Program
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The Quality Care Program is a program that PATCH implements in collaboration with Center on the Family, University of Hawaii. This is a voluntary program that supplies participants with monthly educational material and activities to use in the family child care home. It is offered to Licensed providers. If you are interested in this program or would like further information please contact your local PATCH office today.
Caring for the CaregiverThis month’s hallmark, Care for the Caregiver, focuses on seeking balance in work and in life. The newsletter gives great examples on how to put this hallmark to use. Below are some other ideas that might help:
You care for yourself when you take special time for you:
"I went and got a 1 hour massage. I've decided it will be a monthly thing to take care of myself."
"I went to the big Island for a long weekend to get away from the home setting and to enjoy time with my sister and parents. Very relaxing weekend."
You care for yourself when you stay physically active and eat well:
"I go to exercise class 3 times a week."
"I try to eat healthy foods. I follow the school breaks so I don't get burned out."
"I go for walks 4 times a week after the children go home. Usually I walk with a friend. It's nice to have an adult conversation sometimes."
You care for yourself when you pay special attention to your health:
"I schedule a yearly physical for myself."
"I went to the doctor when I wasn't feeling well and got treatment for a sinus infection I couldn't overcome."
Quality Rating & Improvement System
For information on the QRIS, please contact:
QIRS AdministrationQIRS Documents: The following QIRS documents are posted on the DHS Child Care Connection website at http://hawaii.gov/dhs/dhs/self-sufficiency/childcare
• QIRS Design Plan
Contact your local PATCH office to apply for the Quality Care Program
PATCH will send the application form and arrange for an orientation visit.
This program is established under the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division of the Department of Human Services within the Quality Incentive Payments subchapter of the Hawai'i Administrative Rules for child care payments.
12 Hallmarks of Quality Care: