BCC Condemns the Atlanta Murders and Racism in all of its forms

 

To the communities BCC serves, our staff, and stakeholders,

I am disgusted and appalled at the murders that took place in Atlanta, Georgia recently.  The news of what appears to be targeted killings of Asian women and reports of increased violence against elderly Asians prompts me to reiterate condemnation of racism in all of its forms.

At BCC:

  • We will condemn racism, inequality and oppression in all of its forms
  • We will work to fundamentally change systems that perpetuate racism, inequality and oppression
  • We will continue to encourage and promote dialogue about racism, inequality and oppression with all of our stakeholders utilizing our core values of empathy and relationships creating a culture where we can engage with joy and purpose
  • We will use the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion to guide and structure our special work of enriching communities one family at a time.

As CEO, I continue to actively participate as a member of our equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.  I will continue to update the wider BCC community and public via the BCC Compass blog and other channels of our work pursuing an environment that we all – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, religious beliefs, disability or age – can engage fully with joy and purpose in our special work.

My heartfelt prayers are with all those impacted by the recent events.

Warmly,

Laurie Anne “LA” Spagnola
President & CEO

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Remembering Dr. Lorraine Bess

 

 

The Board of Child Care family was saddened to learn of the loss of one of our own this week. Dr. Lorraine Bess served the Board of Child Care for a number of years, both as a member of the Board of Directors and as the President of the Volunteer Auxiliary until 1999. Dr. Bess also Co-Authored The History of the Board of Child Care Auxiliary in 2003. Dr. Bess was the recipient of the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1995 for her work with the Volunteer Auxiliary.

In addition to her service to BCC, she was a devoted member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington DC and served her community as a member of the DC Third Ward Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  Dr. Bess passed away on March 5th, 2021 at the age of 92, leaving a legacy of family and selfless service.

BCC would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Bess family and are grateful for the life and service of Dr. Lorraine Bess.

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BCC Celebrates Women’s History Month

It’s Women’s History Month 2021, a month-long celebration to acknowledge women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. Women’s History month started in 1978 and was born from a local celebration in Santa Rosa, CA. The first celebration of International Women’s Day took place in New York City in 1908. Thousands of women united and marched for better labor laws, working conditions, and the right to vote. Continue reading…

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BCC Launches Open Forum Initiatives

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is all about PEOPLE. At the core of this work is ensuring that people who make up organizations, companies, corporations, etc., experience fairness in its various forms and are seen as unique individuals who have something valuable to contribute to the community in which they serve.  Here at BCC, we are beginning a journey that is focused on creating opportunities for members of our community to be present, heard, and harnessed. BCC’s Open Forum initiative is the first of many that will be creating a safe opportunity for members of our community to come together to honor the hard work that we all do, share ideas on how to push forward in the right direction, and maintain a culture where we can learn and grow together. Continue reading…

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BCC celebrates Professional Social Work Month

BCC celebrates our social worker staff during Professional Social Work Month. The National Association of Social Workers has made this year’s theme, “Social Workers Are Essential.” Social workers are essential to BCC’s purpose of enriching communities, one family at a time.

Here at BCC, social workers breathe life into our innovative and transformative programs. Our social workers provide high-quality integrated care that is grounded in evidence-based practices. BCC treatment plans support the healing of trauma and foster healthy communities for youth and their families.

A special THANK YOU to all the social workers who work tirelessly to serve our local communities.

Are you a social worker who wants to join BCC? Check out this position. We look forward to hearing from you!

Explore more career opportunities.

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BCC Therapist Intern Application

Launch your career with real, hands-on experience!

Do you have the ability to effectively work with youth and families; excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to be self-motivated and organized? We welcome you to apply today!

BCC gives you the access and professional training you need to excel in your field. We offer internships year-round and many interns are hired for full-time employment.

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RFP – Information Technology Assessment

Released February 3, 2021. Revised February 26, 2021. Revised March 12, 2021.

Executive Summary

The Board of Child Care (BCC) is seeking a vendor to conduct an assessment of the organization-wide IT infrastructure.  The ideal candidate will provide recommendations to address identified deficiencies, resolve business pain points and create system modernizations for the future. Through the assessment and recommendation process, BCC intends to identify whether that firm can also provide both break/fix support for the IT department in addition to project-based support as an outsourced partner.

Download the RFP and Submission Instructions (PDF)

Deadline for proposals is Monday, March 31, 2021 at 5:00pm*

*The deadline as published in the original RFP from February 3 was March 1. Note on February 26, 2021, this deadline has now been extended to March 31.

Notice to Apply

It is helpful for BCC if you can send a brief note to Kristian Sekse, Chief Operating Officer, with your intention to respond to the RFP.  His email address is ksekse@boardofchildcare.org.  This will allow him to message out to you when updates are posted below.

 

Updates

March 12, 2021

A clarification to the timeline with the RFP has been made. In the original RFP the stated assessment completion goal date was August 1.  The deadline for RFP responses was later shifted by 30 days, but the August 1 date was missed in shifting the timeline of the project.  The new desired assessment completion date is September 1, 2021. The attached PDF of the RFP has the correct timeline noted.

February 26, 2021  –  The due date for the RFP is changed from March 1 to March 31.  In addition, responses to the following questions were posted

Question 1 – Are you looking for a single vendor to complete both parts, or will you accept RFP responses from vendors who specialize in either Goal 1 OR Goal 2?

Answer 1 –  Choosing a support vendor prior to completing the IT assessment would be, in our view, putting the cart before the horse.  BCC is not accepting RFP responses at this time from vendors who only respond to Goal 2.

The background reasoning for why BCC wrote this RFP seeking one vendor to deliver on the goals stated is as follows.  First, BCC feels from a customer service perspective, it will be more successful to have one single vendor to go to when things are broken, or end of life and key strategic decisions need to be made.  A scenario where two separate vendors are responsible for different goals as outlined in the RFP means BCC may find itself chasing (and or paying) two vendors for answers, one vendor changing something but not updating the documentation (and thus hampering the other vendor’s ability to execute on their scope of work), or generally landing in a murky situation where the strategy vendor feels X is the appropriate course of action, but the break-fix daily support vendor strongly recommends Y.  Second, BCC understands that to really support us in the way we are asking for in this RFP, we need to pay a vendor for their time and energy to complete discovery.  A vendor has every right to feel that they have a lay of the land before agreeing to support our infrastructure.  We would feel less efficient paying two vendors to complete discovery separately, no matter how good the documentation handoff from vendor 1 to vendor 2 is.

Question 2 – Will BCC entertain joint RFP responses?  For example, a vendor who could execute on goal 1 and a different vendor who could execute on goal 2 responding together.

Answer 2 – BCC is very familiar with this type of partnership RFP response (as we do this in the non-profit world when pursuing RFP’s for new programs – we look for partners).  BCC will consider this arrangement for the IT support RFP, but we ask that any joint RFP response add an additional narrative section that addresses the concerns outlined in Answers 1 and 3.

Question 3 – What brands of equipment or systems does BCC currently use?  My team is certified as (list of certifications), but we are not sure what your infrastructure is currently, and therefore are not sure if we are a good fit.  

Answer 3 – Here is some background on why we didn’t provide a detailed list of brands and current equipment in use today.

As BCC states in the RFP, we are open to a wide variety of suggestions, internal BCC team configurations, and innovative vendor responses to deliver on our stated objectives.  We know we will learn a lot from this RFP experience and interviewing vendors.  BCC certainly appreciates that a match between the platforms and equipment we’re operating now and the vendor’s internal expertise creates a strong starting point for working together.  However, BCC is looking to the future.  We would raise the concern that just because a vendor’s team may be a good match with our platforms today, how would you deliver on truly objective, IT strategic advice given our business needs long-term? We are seeking a vendor (especially in regards to Goal 1 in the RFP) that can provide recommendations that are the best fit for our business objectives, growth, budget, and geographic footprint and are not limited by a narrowly defined list of brands or certifications.  Please see the RFP section where BCC discusses its history of poor IT investment, explosive recent growth, and 2019 merger that have put a strain on our current IT infrastructure for additional context here.

 

February 16, 2021 – Clarification/request for vendors to tell the COO if they intend to respond to the RFP is posted so as to aid in communication when additional updates are posted.

 

 

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BCC Celebrates Black History Month

 

Black History Month started in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. In September of 1915, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This organization dedicated itself to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.  It created the beginnings of what we now know as Black History Month (BHM).

Black History Month allows everyone to share, celebrate, and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. Black History Month continues to inspire our BCC community and reminds us of the important core values of Empathy and Relationships.

In the past, present, and future, BCC pursues and walks in our purpose, carrying our core values.  In 2020, to gain our footing in a tumultuous environment, we established the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. This committee has continued to meet monthly and is helping BCC navigate these challenging and unprecedented times.  We are grateful for their guidance this month as they enrich our learning about Black History and nourishing our skills in empathy and relationships.

The great thing about Black History Month is that it’s for us all!  Learning about the contributions of our Black brothers and sisters is essential. Learning about Black history is part of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion journey and helps us develop our core value of Empathy and nurtures the core value of Relationships.  Please, reflect on where you are in your journey. Are you unaware, an ally, advocate, or activist? I ask this question as I reflect on where I am in my journey – how far I’ve come and how far I need to go yet.  I also think about where BCC is on its EDI journey. One thing I know for sure. We have a long way to go. But we are moving in a promising direction. During Black History Month, consider how you might drive yourself to your next level:

  • Achieve allyship through research and self-reflection.
  • Educate yourself on the journey of black people in this country.
  • Find books by black authors, listen in on podcasts, participate in a community service project that targets underserved communities.
  • Push yourself to engage in reflective practices that allow you to see where you can serve as an ally.

It is only through educating yourself and action that you will develop a skill set to be an ally and gain an appreciation for the Black community that extends past Black History Month.

As we celebrate Black History Month this February, we are dedicated to illuminating and amplifying Black contributors’ work in mental and behavioral health. However, we will not stop there. Through 2021 and beyond, we are committed to highlighting our underrepresented mental and behavioral health professionals from diverse backgrounds, celebrating their important contributions to our field.

Learn more about the BCC’s commitment to embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion by reading the BCC Compass, our new blog, created to share our pursuit of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment at BCC.

A special THANK YOU to BCC’s staff members who identify as Black and/or African American.

Thank you for all that you do to contribute to our purpose of “enriching communities, one family at a time.” Choosing to be a mentor and part of the healing and recovery of the children and families we serve makes a difference that lasts and matters.

Laurie Anne Spagnola, MSW
President and CEO
Board of Child Care

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