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Fourth Annual Solano County Policy Forum

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This was a day that many gathered to share their passion for our children. Our elected officials heard first-hand from parents, youth, and future leaders.

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

We had so much fun treating some of our hard-working child care providers in observance of Provider Appreciation Day. They work hard each and every day to provide services for families in our community, we wanted to show them how much we appreciate them.
Those who attended were treated to a lovely tea, catered by “Personal Touch by Design,” group activities, and crafts. It made us smile, seeing new friendships being formed and old ones being rekindled.
Hoping to see you at some more of the upcoming trainings and events that we have planned.

For more information on Provider Appreciation Day, visit: http://www.providerappreciationday.org/

 

Talking with Children After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence.1 Disasters also may leave them with long-lasting harmful effects.2 When children experience a trauma, watch it on TV, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious. Young people react to trauma differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. As such, adults do not always know when a child needs help coping. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.

Tips for Talking with Children & Youth After a Disaster or Traumatic event

Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS)

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are used across the country to improve and support the quality of early care and education programs, including family child care homes and all forms of private and public licensed and license-exempt child care settings with children ages 0-5. Studies show that when children receive high quality care and education during their early years of life, they are better prepared for school, better readers, and are more likely to graduate high school. These outcomes benefit every child and family in the community.

The primary goal of the Solano QRIS is to improve the quality of early care and education so that more children with high needs have access to quality programs. The Solano QRIS enables early care and education providers to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in their programs. The Solano QRIS aims to improve outcomes for children who attend child care throughout Solano County.

For more information click on this link:  Solano County QRIS

 

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:
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• 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, 2016 and June 30, 2017, 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 Adriana Carbajal at (707) 864-4612. 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.

Community Care Licensing – Quarterly Update

Here’s where you will find all of the latest news from Community Care Licensing, including information on Disaster Preparedness, Preventative Health and Safety training, Child Care Advocates, Furniture Safety, and much more:

Spring 2017

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

Our Mission

Solano Family & Children’s Services promotes and advocates for the well-being of children, their families, and child care providers by offering access to a variety of child care resources.