SEPTEMBER 2018
FROM OUR CEO, KELLY O'LAGUE DULKA
"One of the best feelings in the world is giving.  The positive energy is contagious.  With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving, too."

It's funny. In my first eight months as CEO at Child Care Links, the question I've been asked the most is: "What exactly does Child Care Links do?" In the beginning I would explain, first of all, that we aren't a child care provider. Then I would go on to explain all the different programs and resources we offer; programs like our child care subsidy program, resource and referral services we provide, our diaper pantry, our trainings for child care providers. Or I'd tell them about our mission, which is to provide resources that strengthen and support children and families. That's all so vague!

What do we actually do? We work everyday to lift children out of poverty. We ensure that the youngest, most vulnerable residents in our county get the care and support they need. That's right...the youngest and most vulnerable kids in Alameda County! We know that 90% of brain development happens by age 5. We know that kids living in poverty are less likely be ready for kindergarten, more likely to go to school hungry, less likely to graduate from high school, more likely to be incarcerated, and, sadly, very likely to suffer negative effects for the rest of their lives after living in poverty for even a short time.

So, yes, we do offer a wide array of programs and we do connect families with high quality child care; but, our primary mission is to ensure that EVERY child has the resources and support they need to thrive.

Doing some cleaning?

Getting rid of stuff?
We can help!


Donate by September 29th to be entered into a drawing to win fun prizes!

Donate your gently used clothing and household goods
to Child Care Links and we will get your treasures
to families in your community who need them!

* W i s h L i s t *

baby clothes and toys
books and puzzles
gently used clothes and shoes for all ages
household goods, dishes, glasses, small appliances
sports equipment
books, books, books

Drop off your donated goods at Child Care Links
or call us at 925-417-8733 to arrange a pick up!

Trainings & Workshops
September 19
The Impact of Active Shooter Drills & other Realistic Simulations on Children and Teens

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
September 22
Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ-SE)


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
September 15
Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)



9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
         September 27
        Go Green Initiative
         6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
95% of car seats in Alameda County are not installed, or used, correctly.

FREE car seat installation and safety checks are available:

September 10th, 24th and 26th 
8:00am and 9:00am

Guided instruction will offer 
hands-on experience on how to properly install and use child safety seats.
Call 925.417.8733
to make an appointment!
WHAT'S GOING ON AT CHILD CARE LINKS?
Playgroups
Coming Soon!

At Child Care Links we know the importance of social interaction, physical activity, and building social emotional skills in young children, especially in children ages 
0 to 5 years old.

Child Care Links is excited to announce that beginning in October we will be providing playgroups for children and their parents/caregivers!

Children will have the opportunity to experience free play, meet new friends, learn the art of sharing and taking turns, and exploring a library of fun and engaging books, and literacy activities. 

Parents/caregivers will have the opportunity to play and interact with their child, meet new friends, share experiences and develop a support network of other parents/caregivers.
We LOVE Volunteers!
Join Our T-E-A-M!

O ur mission at Child Care Links is to provide resources that strengthen and support children and families. We rely on volunteers to help us realize this mission! 

Are you, or someone you know, looking for a way to give back to your community? Do you have or know a High School student that needs service hours? We would LOVE to have you!

Volunteers help by donating funds, hosting a diaper, food or clothing drive at their business, church or even among their family and friends. Volunteers can even join us at the office to help with the sorting and organizing of donations, and greeting and assisting our families when they come to pick up diapers, clothes, or food! 

There are plenty of ways to give back at Child Care Links we would love to have your help.

Contact  925.417.8733 today!
For Our Child Care Providers
Safe Sleep Regulations
The Department of Social Services has been working to strengthen regulations around safe sleep environments with a proposed implementation date of October 2018. The new requirements will address environments that could put infants at undue risk as well as strengthen existing regulations to ensure children are safe.
Join an Association TODAY!

The Tri-Valley has two Associations that provide networking and support for Child Care Center and Family Child Care Home Directors.
Valley Family Child Care Association (VFCCA) provides
educational opportunities, support, networking and fellowship opportunities for fellow Licensed Family Child Care Providers.

Directors of the Valley (DOV) is an ECE leadership support group for Child Development Program Directors and colleagues in the Tri-Valley. It also serves as a Director Seminar for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.
For Our Families
Free, Fresh Produce & More!
September 20th
Axis Community Health
4361 Railroad Avenue
Pleasanton, 94566

11.30am - 1.00pm


Local Farmer's Markets!
DUBLIN
Thursdays, 4.00pm - 8.00pm
4201 Central Pkwy
* September 27th only *

PLEASANTON
Saturdays, 9.00am - 1.00pm
46 W Angela Street
* Year-Round *

LIVERMORE
Sundays, 10.30am - 2.00pm
2155 3rd Street
* Year-Round *
Diaper Pantry
Effective September 1st, 2018 , families will now be required to show proof of city residency (driver license, or utility bill) and proof of number of children
(birth certificate). 

Stay updated on our Diaper Pantry by joining our
Diaper Pantry Facebook Page.

Click  HERE to follow us!
NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
FREE After-School
STEAM class (Grades 1 - 5)
Livermore Public Library
Mondays, 4pm - 5pm
*Registration Required*
Neon Jump Night!
Rockin' Jump, Dublin
Fridays, 8pm - 10pm
*Registration Required*

Michael's Kids Club
Livermore & Dublin Stores
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm
* Registration not required*
OUR DIAPER DONORS
A Special Thank You to Our "Diaper Darlings" and all others who have contributed to our pantries whether it is time, energy or money. We couldn't do it without YOU!

Satabhish Aeka ~ Afsheen Afzal ~ Diane Anderson ~ Salvation Army ~
Julie Ashmore ~ Jane Kraemer Baker ~ Chaitali Bandyopadhyay ~ Mary Baptist ~ Deborah Barker~ Denise Berkowitz ~ Lenisha Brewer ~ Nicola Brown ~ Julie Camberg ~ Amy Carr ~ Eric & Paulette Carr ~ Carrie Chambers ~ Kristen Charlson ~ Ann Clark ~ Kate D'Or ~ Bibek Das ~ Ian Davidson ~ Chuck Deckert ~ Delia & Charlie DeLaRosa ~ Nicole Denney ~ Camille Denzel ~ Alyssa de Quina ~ Shelley Despotakis ~ Annie Dulka ~ Kathy Dulka ~ Kelly O'Lague Dulka ~ Ryan Duncan Anderson Captain Craig Eicher ~ Amanda and Victor Ferrer ~ Marilyn Foletta ~ Free to Be Me Child Care ~ Kendra Frerich ~ Helen Fulgado Lisa Garcia ~ Lori and Paul Garcia ~ Marty Garcia-Cotter ~ Kristen Geller ~ Erin Green ~ Kristie Gross ~ Charlotte Guinn ~ Noelle Hannula ~ Hindu Community and Cultural Center ~ Jamie Hintzke ~ Angela & Garrett Holmes ~ Becky Hopkins ~ Jennifer Hosterman ~ Bonita F. Hourel ~ Amanda Houston ~ Tami Ingram ~ Karen Kallestad-Miller ~ Kimberly LaRosa ~ LaDonna and Gary Leach ~ Sarah Mann ~ Ken Mano ~ Marilyn Mattoon ~ Debbie Marshall ~ Ruth McAninch ~ Michelle McDonald ~ Stephanie McGough ~ Kimberly McLellan ~
Tiana Megofna ~ Amy Miller ~ Mollie Molin ~ Wendy Montgomery ~ Nancy Mullins ~ Alice Nakanishi ~ Dorian Nasby ~ Debbie Nemecek ~ North Pleasanton Rotary Club ~ Renee Palm ~ Dezarae Patterson ~ Colin and Anneke Proudfoot ~ Woody Queen ~ Kathleen Redmond ~ Angela Register ~ Heather Rizzoli ~ Rotary Club of Pleasanton ~ Bonnie Russell ~ Gwen Salzborn ~ Susan Schall ~ Harshmeet Singh ~ Janel Sloan ~ Linda Smith ~ Jennifer Solari ~ Dick Stafford ~ Marie and Padraig Stapleton ~ Marissa Stein ~ Bob Tedrick ~ Stefanie Tomlinson ~ Arany Uthayakumar ~ Dawn Wilson ~ Marjorie Wong-Gilmore ~ Carly Yamaichi ~ Lea Yancey ~
Kathy Young

If you would like to donate diapers,
please email diapers@childcarelinks.org