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.
There is much to celebrate as this new law makes sure that unnecessary barriers are removed from providers who would like to expand from a small to large family child care home or start a new large family child care home; and it also provides housing protections for all family child care home providers!
Nearly 40 years ago, California recognized the importance of family child care when the Legislature established protections for family child care homes in communities through the Child Day Care Facilities Act (CDCFA). But the law has not kept pace with our needs, and loopholes have caused uneven application by cities, burdensome local regulations, and a lack of housing protections. SB 234 will update the law by:
Requiring local governments to treat large family child care homes the same as small family child care homes – as a residential use of property in their local ordinances;
Clarifying that licensed family child care homes may operate in apartments and other multifamily units while maintaining state fire and licensing safety requirements;
Clarifying housing protections so providers are not prohibited from living in a home solely because they care for children;
Clarifying that family child care providers may seek remedies under the Fair Employment and Housing Act if their rights under the CDCFA are disregarded.
This is a friendly reminder to our Subsidized Child Care Providers.
The cut-off date to submit Child Care Attendance Forms is not extended when SFCS observed holidays fall on Mondays. You may drop your forms in the brown mail box outside our front door. We do our best to keep you informed of this, as this is addressed in our Provider Orientations, in our Subsidized Child Care Handbook, and on our Provider Reimbursement Schedule.
We are pleased to share our 2018 Annual Report with you. Child care in Solano County keeps our families working and thriving. We are just one of the partners that support the work of our early childhood professionals that provide quality child care, keeping children safe and nurtured in order to develop into healthy, strong adults. We thank all of our partners, donors and funders in celebrating the successes of families who have utilized our services in 2018.
“The ADA prohibits providers from excluding people because of their disabilities. It prohibits admissions policies that screen out or tend to screen out persons with disabilities. A provider has to assess case-by-case what accommodation a child with a disability needs to be integrated into the provider’s program. Once the provider knows what is needed, the provider must assess whether reasonable accommodations can be made to include the child. The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act, gives examples of reasonable accommodations of specific disabilities.” Childcarelaw.org
If you are a child care provider, and need support in caring for children with disabilities, call Resource and Referral at (707) 863-3950 ext. 752. PLUS, we have many workshops on the topic of inclusion. Including a child with special needs in your environment not only helps that child, but also every single child that you care for each day.
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.
Very soon, whenever you sign up for any of our workshops, you will be directed to the California ECE Workforce Registry. Wondering why? To widen your choices in workshops and to store all of your training in one place. Watch the video for a full explanation.
If you are a Licensed Child Care Provider, or are TrustLine and caring for children in your own home, you are eligible! For more information about how you can participate, call (707) 863-3950, ext 131.