It’s Flu Season

Parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus.

Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are in a group with other children such as in a child care center or family child care home.

  • Talking with parents about the importance of influenza vaccination and advising them to take their child to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Implementing a tracking procedure for influenza immunizations. Community Care Licensing requires that facilities maintain confidential records of immunizations, periodic health assessments, and any special health considerations.
  • Inviting a pediatrician or child care health consultant to provide influenza prevention education to parents and staff.

Click Here for “What’s the Latest with the Flu? A Message for Caregivers and Teachers 2017-2018 Influenza Season. 

Click Here for FREE Printable Resources from Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Adapted from CQEL

Milestones Matter

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

The use of this app is not a substitute for the use of validated, standardized developmental screening tools as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off

Solano Family & Children’s Services is proudly accepting new, unwrapped toys for local children in need. Put your donation in the box in our lobby.

On behalf of the children who wouldn’t receive a gift without your kindness, we thank you.

Mandated Training to Recognize and Report Child Abuse for Child Care Providers

Beginning January 1, 2018, all licensees, administrators, or employees of a licensed child care facility, including child care centers and family child care homes will be required to take a training to recognize and report child abuse.

AB 1207 – California Child Care Workers: Mandated Reporter Training Update:
This Child Care Worker Training does satisfy the requirements of AB 1207

This program is self-paced and will provide an overview of the significant definitions, requirements and protections of the California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). You will learn:

  • What the law requires of you as a mandated reporter
  • How to spot indicators of possible child abuse or neglect
  • How to talk to children about suspected abuse
  • How to make a report
  • What happens after a report is filed
  • Special issues related to child abuse reporting for child care providers

The Child Care module includes vignettes and is self-paced. At the conclusion of the training you will take a final test that requires an 80% or higher score to pass.  Upon passing the test you will be e-mailed a Certificate of Completion.

Access the training here

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