Dr. Deborah Cassidy (HDFS) received new funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children. The project will address a critical need in Guilford County – the improvement of quality in community child care settings. The project addresses activities for family child care homes and centers including professional development, program enhancement through individual consultation, community learning sessions and workforce retention strategies including compensation. UNCG through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (where the Birth through Kindergarten Teaching Licensure program is housed) will provide project leadership through advising and consultation. The project will be conducted in Guilford County early care and education programs.