June 2017
News & Information

Summer is officially here with its' long days and warm nights. It also means the kids are off for the summer.

In this edition of the Child Care Links Newsletter, you will find fresh ideas for summertime activities, upcoming workshops, and important, mandatory training registration information through the California Care and Early Education Workforce Registry.
 
June is African-American Music Appreciation Month and National Candy Month. It also holds many special events to celebrate, such as graduations, Flag Day and Father's Day.
 
Child Care Links is offering Puppet Play, a fun workshop to sharpen your puppetry skills and learn innovate ways to engage the young learners in your Child Care Program. We are also offering Preventative Health on 17 June.

For Parents
For Child Care Providers
In Gratitude
Child Care Links is thankful for the support from our sponsors; Resource & Referral Network, First 5 Alameda County, CCIP (Child Care Initiative Project), and the Cities of Dublin, and Pleasanton. Their faithful support and collaboration is instrumental in promoting Early Education, Quality Child Care, and Professional Development for families, and the Child Care Professionals who serve them.

We are grateful to be building a stronger community together by providing valuable resources that strengthen families.

 


 

 

 

WORKFORCE REGISTRY
Important Training Registration Information

Effective July 1st, 2017, anyone (Child Care Providers, Parents, Trainers, Students, ect.) interested in attending trainings at Child Care Links must provide a Workforce Registry ID Number when registering to attend any professional development trainings, workshops or events.  Workforce Registry Numbers will also be required when registering to attend Early Childhood Education trainings, conferences and workshops at local community colleges and other learning institutions.

The California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry is a web-based system designed to track and promote the employment, training, and education accomplishments of the Early Care and Education ECE teachers and Child Care Providers.

Click  HERE for an overview of the Workforce Registry.

As a participant in the Registry, participants will be able to:
  • Build a professional profile that can be securely accessed and updated anytime.
  • Electronically store education, training, employment, and professional development growth accomplishments
  • Search for jobs
  • Create a resume and share professional qualification
  • Be recognized as an Early Care and Education professional
Creating an account is easy. Click HERE for a step by step guide on creating your account. 

Visit www.caregistry.org to create your account today!

STAFF SPOTLIGHT
One On One With Donnamarie Fuller

Last month, Donnamarie Fuller celebrated her 22nd year of employment with Child Care Links where she currently serves as a Program Specialist.

As the employee with the most years of service within the agency, we sat down with Donnamarie to ask her some questions.

Q1: Did you ever imagine you would be at Child Care Links for 22 years?

When I started working at Child Care Links in May of 1995, I was filling in for an employee who was recovering from surgery. I didn't expect the position to become permanent. After working with an incredibly dedicated group of ladies who had a heart for children and families, I knew this was the place for me and hoped another position would become available.

Q2: What work related accomplishment are you most proud of?

I have held many different positions within the agency over the years and it has been an honor to work with such a group of talented, generous and compassionate women and men. I am very proud to have guided parents who were struggling to understand their child's development, supporting women who dreamed of becoming small business owners, and coaching Child Care Providers who are dedicated to the children and families in their care. Even after 22 years, they still inspire me.

Q3: Is there anything you would change?
I'd love to be able to address the constant struggle of work-life balance. I would want to implement options for working from home. However, some positions wouldn't be eligible to participate due to the nature of their job requirements. Much thought would need to be given to create effective protocols. What fun for Human Resources!

Q4: What was your favorite toy growing up?

That's a tough call. I had a telephone that allowed me to talk with Snow White. Too bad the NSA wasn't around to tap those important conversations. I also had Dancerina Ballerina who was 24" of grace and fun. Snow White or Dancerina Ballerina? Too close to call.
Thank you Donnamarie for your knowledge, experience and dedication to Child Care Links for the past 22 years.


THANK YOU EDUCATORS OF YOUNG CHILDREN EVERYWHERE!
National Child Care Provider Day

In honor of NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY last month, Child Care Links would like to recognize and thank Child Care Providers, Teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.
 
National Provider Day was May 12th. It is also known as National Child Care Provider Day and was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey. It is appropriately celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day and is a special day to recognize Child Care Providers, Teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.

Statistics show that less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. The Child Care Provider is an important partner in raising one's children. Parents should carefully choose the right Child Care Provider to put their trust in, as they share the child-rearing responsibilities with them.
Visit the Choosing Child Care page on our website to find out what to look for when choosing child care, and how to find the best Child Care Provider for your family. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.com .


UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Register now for Child Care Links Trainings


June
6/10/17, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Safe Kids Day Booster Giveaway is being hosted by Safe Kids Alameda County and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. Be sure and visit the Child Care Links booth to learn about the many resources the agency provides, and participate in the Child Care Links Kids Contest.

6/15/17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

6/17/17, 9:00am - 5:30pm

 

 


July

7/8/17, 9:00am - 5:30pm

Best Practices for Staying Healthy All Year
7/12/17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Community Workshops & Conferences
Basic Child Passenger Safety Awareness
6/22/17, 8:30am - 3:00pm

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland is presenting a Child Passenger Safety Awareness class to provide accurate and current information. This information is useful to educate your immediate family, relatives, and friends. (6 CEU's for RNS)
  
Register: Contact Bonnie Lovette, RN, MS, PNP, Trauma Services, blovette@mail.cho.org.

The Effect of Current Immigration Policies on Families: Trauma and Resilience
6/23/17, 9:00am - 12:00pm

In this training, First 5 Alameda County will explore the potentially traumatic impact of current immigration policies on young children and their families with a focus on Latino immigrants. First 5 will use a trauma-informed perspective to look at how young children and their parents/caretakers experience immigration-related fears and concerns...more

11/15/17 - 11/18/17, Registration opens 6/1/17

The National Association for the Education of Young Children will be holding their annual conference November 15th - November 18th, 2017. Steve Pemberton, Senior Executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance will be delivering the Opening Plenary Address...more


CHILD CARE LINKS KIDS CONTEST
Create Your Own Water Bottle Label

For children ages 1-13 years old. Pick up, or download the official Child Care Links Kids Contest Entry Form  here, and have your kids create their own label. Their masterpiece could be featured on future Child Care Links promotional water bottles.

All entries are due by 12:00pm, Thursday, 15 June. Winners will be notified the week of 19 June.

For more information on how to enter, contact 925.417.8733.


KEEPING KIDS SAFE
6 Water Safety Tips to Kick Off Summer

How many of these tips do you know to keep your kids safe at the pool?

1. Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm's reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.

2.Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.

3. Make sure kids know how to swim and learn these five water survival skills:

     1. Step or jump into water over their head and return 
         to the surface.
     2. Float or tread water for one minute.
     3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.
     4. Swim 25 yards to exit the water.

4. Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
 
5. Empty kids' pools after each use. Store them upside down so they do not collect water.
 
6. Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child's life.

Print the Pool Safety Checklist HERE.
Source: Safekidsworldwide.org


BEAT THE BOREDOM
Summer Activities for Kids
Keeping kids busy during the summer can be challenging. A great way to beat the boredom is to have a family meeting and create a "Summertime Bucket list".
 
Let your kids be the official Activities Director. Have them create the list with fun (and free) activities, such as, go to an outdoor movie, star gaze, make S'mores in the back yard, or have breakfast for dinner.
 
To download this list of 100 Free Activities for Kids click HERE.


CHILD CARE LINKS DIAPER PANTRY

What People Are Saying
Diaper Time IS Talk Time!
 
In addition to giving a one month supply of diapers to low-income families in the Tri-Valley, the Child Care Links Diaper Pantry also includes a bilingual children's book and a resource guide on 12 activities parents can do to help their child succeed in school and beyond.
 
Since January 2017, Child Care Links has distributed over 52,000 diapers and 340 books. 

This is what some parents have to say about the Child Care Links Diaper Pantry:
  • "Thank you, THANK YOU so much for the books. The diapers are great of course, but it's the books that my 18 month old loves. He is constantly flipping through the pages and pointing at the words and the pictures. We love that they are in English and in Spanish because we are learning new words together. They are truly his favorite thing."
  • I didn't realize that reading to my baby everyday would increase her language skills. I thought she was too young for me to read to her. Now we spend 30 minutes a day reading together."
  • "God bless you, I wasn't going to be able to buy diapers until my next pay check in 8 days. I didn't know what I was going to do.
Effective 7/1/17:
 
Due to changes in funding, the Child Care Links Diaper Pantry will be restricted to distributing diapers to low-income families living in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore or Sonol only. If you live outside of this service area you can check back periodically to see if our funding requirements have changed..

IN THE NEWS
CAPPA's Agency of the Month!
 
Child Care Links was featured as the Agency of the Month in the April 2017 issue of the CAPPA Monday Morning Update.

CHILD CARE LINKS is a Resource and Referral agency located in Alameda County, established in 1976 in response to...read full article HERE.