Serving Solano County since 1978!

Solano Family & Children’s Services (SFCS) is a private, non-profit Child Care Resource & Referral Agency. Since 1978, we have provided services and support to parents, child care providers, and community members in Solano County.

Last year SFCS helped over 1800 families select the quality child care placements that best suit their individual needs. In addition, the Subsidized Child Care Program served over 2000 families covering child care costs for approximately 3400 children. The Child Care Food Program also served over 2300 children per month.

Solano Quality Early Learning System (QRIS & Impact) now accepting applications

Solano Quality Early Learning System is the consortium that includes the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) & Impact for Solano county child care providers. The primary focus of QRIS is to enhance quality.

To learn more about the program please go to: http://www.solanofamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Solano-QRIS-Information-flyer.pdf

You can read more about the guidelines at: http://www.solanofamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Solano-QRIS-Participation-Guidelines-and-RTT-Rating-Matrix-Pathways-FINAL-05-13-16.pdf

If you would like to be part of the QRIS program please print out the application and return it by JUNE 1, 2016 http://www.solanofamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Solano-QRIS-Application-for-Participation-and-W9-with-Instructions-FINAL-05-13-16.pdf

Survey Being Sent for Providers’ Input

The Professional Development Subcommittee, as part of the Health and Safety Regulatory Work-group, has been busy developing a survey that will help us to focus our efforts. We have offered to get the survey out to our providers. There is an incentive for completing it – those who do will be put into a drawing for two chances at winning a Target gift card.

This survey will be going out to all of our providers today, March 15th. It’s to get an idea from providers on how they feel about the current required health and safety training they receive, if they feel that they would benefit from additional training, and what topics they would like additional training in.

Any further questions can be directed to Rayma Ware – (707) 864-4634.

California’s Children

California is home to more than 9 million children. With 12 percent of the
nation’s children, the well-being of California kids has a big impact on the
well-being of children nationally. Unfortunately, California recently ranked
38th out of 50 states in children’s well-being.

See our report card here: 2016 California Children’s Report Card

 

Talking is Teaching

During the first few years of life, children’s brains develop at a rapid pace, influenced by the experiences they have at home, in their early care and education settings, and in their communities. Their experiences include the quantity and quality of words they are exposed to through talking, reading, and singing. Research has found that providing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with rich early language experiences can have important benefits on their brain development and school readiness

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED), in partnership with Too Small to Fail, have released “Talk, Read, Sing Together, Every Day!,” a suite of resources that can help enrich children’s early language experiences beginning from birth. This toolkit is the result of a commitment made at the 2014 White House convening focused on bridging the “word gap.”

This kit includes: A Parent & Caregiver Guide, a Children’s Read-Aloud Book, and Tips for Infants and Toddlers. Click on the links below to download copies.

Talking is Teaching – Parent & Caregiver Guide

Talking is Teaching – Story Time

Tips for Infants and Toddlers