Our Vision

Our Vision is that every individual in Kansas has the resources and information they need to lead a healthy and productive life.

Our Mission

ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., doing business as Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas, supports the development and learning of young children by offering programs and services that improve the quality and accessibility of child care for working families.

Our Values,

ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., doing business as Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas, has a rich history based on these core values:

• Dignity and respect. At all times and in every circumstance, we will treat our consumers, staff and volunteers with dignity and respect.

Meaningful programs and services. We connect people with programs and services that meet their unique needs. We are responsive to the needs of our consumers and emerging community issues, adapting programs and services accordingly.

• Early learning. We believe that high-quality, age-appropriate early learning experiences make a difference for young children and can happen in a variety of settings and through a variety of methods. We support child care professionals by offering professional development opportunities, access to accurate information, and resources that support their important role.

• Families. All families need and deserve support, information about how children grow and learn, and access to high-quality early learning options. Programs and services are based on family choice. Our agency strives to offer “family friendly” policies and practices that support the families of our staff.

• High standards for service. Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas' programs and services will be offered in a professional, effective and efficient manner that maximizes the agency’s available resources. Data and program outcomes guide service delivery standards. To achieve success, our agency will hire and retain a qualified team of professionals committed to our vision, mission and values.

• Teamwork and collaboration. By working together we create stronger, healthier communities and more effective services.

• Governance and fiscal responsibility. Operational policies, business practices and agency resources support the mission and values of the organization. The agency maintains autonomy while meeting expectations of funders and quality standards.