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Child Care TRAILS

Traveling Resource and Information Library Services
for West Virginia's Child Care Providers

Child Care TRAILS is a mobile resource program designed to improve the quality and availability of child care through existing Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. This outreach program allows for the provision of on-site technical assistance and distribution of resources in order to:
  • Recruit new providers through participation at community events, mentor TANF recipients who choose child care as work, and encourage informal providers to expand services.
  • Improve the quality of care by providing on-site assistance, modeling developmentally appropriate practice, and mentoring for the Child Care Apprenticeship program.
  • Encourage inclusive child care by loaning assisting technology.

General Program Guidelines

  1. Child Care TRAILS will be operated by the resource and referral agencies in each of the 6 Child Care Service Delivery Areas (SDA)
  2. Each R&R will have one equipped van, Mountainheart North and Mountainheart South, where 2 vans are needed due to the size of the area to be covered
  3. All vans will look alike and have the same basic fittings, with the program logo prominently displayed . Each R&R logo as well as program sponsor logos may also be displayed.
  4. Each van will be staffed by two people. One must be an early childhood specialist, and be certified as a trainer through the West Virginia Early Care and Education Professional Development System. The second staff person will provide assistance to the trainer.


The Child Care Resource Center, sponsored by Catholic Charities WVa, is a separate entity from the
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (Department). The Department has not control over the daily operations of the Child Care Resource Center, nor is it liable for the actions of the Child Care Resource Center. This program is being presented with financial assistance as a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.