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
Health & Safety reimbursements are now available!
If you have recently completed CPR, First Aid, or Preventative Health Practices, SFCS may be able to reimburse you for part of those costs. This California Department of Education funded opportunity is open to:
• Licensed Family Child Care Providers and/or their assistants
• Licensed Child Care Center Staff
• License-Exempt Child Care Providers
If you have taken, or plan to take, the approved CPR, First Aid, or Preventative Health Practices certification between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, you are invited to apply for this limited funding.
Reimbursement applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will only be available until the funding runs out. Applications are available by clicking HERE, or you may get them in our office. You may also request that an application be emailed to you by calling Rayma Ware at (707) 864-4634. Certain rules and restrictions apply, call for details.
Note: Providers should also keep in mind that the cost of required training is tax deductible.
If you need help in finding approved training, call the Resource & Referral Department at (707) 863-3950, extension 752.