Eliminating Flame Retardants from the Child Care Setting

The Center of Environmental Health would like to invite you to an informative webinar on Eliminating Flame Retardants from the Child Care Setting. The webinar will be held on October 14th and 29th from 1-2pm (PST).
As child care providers and/or parents, do you know about the harmful flame retardant chemicals found in close contact with children both at home and at child care centers? These chemicals have been shown to not only lead to many debilitating health outcomes, but also to be ineffective in fire protection. The webinar will cover the dangers flame retardant chemicals pose, what products they are in, and their health effects on children. Furthermore, we will equip you with the tools and materials you will need to make the environment with which your children interact safer and healthier.
To register, please follow the link below. Also, if you know of parents or providers that may be interested in this webinar please feel free to share this with them and your network.

Click Here to Register

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

Health and Safety Reimbursements

Great News!
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.