April 2017
News & Information

April has arrived and is full of sunshine, outdoor activities, and fun days of recognition and celebration, including Easter (4/16), Earth Day (4/22), Arbor Day (4/28), International Children's Book Day (4/2), National Honesty Day (4/30) and Hug A Friend Day (4/26). These are great conversation starters at the dinner table and also offer fresh ideas when planning family friendly activities. 
 
What's your favorite childhood book? Is it a well-known silly Dr. Seuss book like The Cat in the Hat, The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carlisle, or an old nursery rhyme? We all have our favorite books, ones that set the tone for our imaginations and that bring back memories of home when we remember them. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) founded Children's Book Day in 1967 to promote the importance of literacy and reading to our children. What a great month to write a book about your child or with your child. See how many different ways you can read the same book, have your child read the book to you, or grab your favorite book and nestle up under a tree together

April 24th - 28th is also the Week of the Young Child., an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to celebrate early learning, young children, and their teachers and families.

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), the City of Dublin, and the City of Pleasanton. Their faithful support and collaboration is instrumental in promoting Early Education, Quality Child Care, and Professional Development for families, and Child Care Professionals who serve them.

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

 


 

 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS MONTH?
The Week of the Young Child





What is the Week of the Young Child ?

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we, as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation, will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

For ideas and examples of WOYC celebrations and activities, be sure and check out the highlights from last year's celebration go HERE.
 
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is offering a 25% discount with the code WOYC17 on select resources to enhance activities for this week of celebration.

Autism Awareness Month






Light It Up Blue is dedicated to raising awareness of autism. The initiative is generally associated with Autism Speaks. It is intended to raise international awareness of autism in support of both World Autism Awareness Day, and Autism Awareness Month, in the United States.
 
How much do you know about autism? Take the Light It Up Blue Quiz here.
 
Meet Julia

Sesame Street debuted their newest Muppet, Julia, on HBO on April 10, 2017. Julia made headlines earlier in the year for being the first Sesame Street Muppet with autism. You can watch Julia's introduction from the episode in the video here

Did you know?

That more resorts and family destinations seem to be taking the needs of guests with autism and their families into consideration.
 
Macaroni Kid Family Travel highlights some awesome hotels, destinations and even an airline that are taking steps to create a more enjoyable travel experience for travelers on the autism spectrum. Read more here.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Register now for Child Care Links Trainings



6/15/17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
CAFCC Conference
The California Association for Family Child Care is celebrating 43 years supporting Family Child Care Providers.

They will be holding their Annual Conference on April 28th - 29th, 2017.

This year's topic is:  Child Care Culture and the Next Generation

April 28-29, 2017
The Radisson, Oakland Airport Hotel
8400 Edes Avenue
Oakland, CA. 94621   
 

Nurturing Curiosity Presentation
A Celebration of the Young Child: Culture, Teaching, Learning & the Early Childhood Brain in the 21st Century.

"Current brain research suggests that young learners are curious. When afforded opportunities to explore, investigate, question, manipulate and wonder their curiosity becomes deep intelligence. Despite the cogni-tive observation, most teachers struggle to blend the intricacies of culture, teaching, learning and the brain. Through personal stories and videos this 21st century presentation will explore the benefits of a curi-ous mind through a curious teacher." - Shawn M. Bryant, Founding Director and Chief Learning Officer with Teaching Excellence Center

Saturday, 29 April, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm
Valley Montessori School
1273 North Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551

Register Online HERE


STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Ouch!
The staff at Child Care Links is resilient!
 
You may see some of our staff members limping around the office or sporting an arm sling, but surprisingly, it's business as usual around here. We would like to extend our love and appreciation for battling through their discomfort, and for a job well done, dispite their circumstances. We appreciate all you do to help the agency run smoothly and wish you a very speedy recovery.


FREE RESOURCES
Professional Development
Child Care Links has a library of FREE Professional Development Training series provided by the  CAPPA Children's Foundation.

Choose from 12 different topics under 4 different Professional Development Series. Connect with subject-matter experts who can assist in providing you with the tools to reach and influence the individual children and families you serve. A new topic is released each month and comes with a PowerPoint Presentation and audio file so Professional Development can occur on your own site.

For a complete list of topics and instructions on how to obtain a Professional Development training, contact Laura, lpage@childcarelinks.org or 925.417.8733.

Car/Booster Seat Info
Car seats save lives, but only when they are properly used and installed.

One Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that, in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time. Effective 1 January 2017, here are the  California Car Seat Law Changes.

Do you know if your child's car or booster seat is installed properly? Child Care Links offers FREE car seat safety checks. Call 925.417.8733 to make an appointment.

Child Care Links also provides  FREE car and booster seats to low-income families with outgrown, damaged, or recalled car seats, as well as, for families who do not have the financial capacity to purchase a developmentally and/or age appropriate car seat. These are available while supplies last. Call Donnamarie Fuller at 925.249.3023 for more information.


Earth Day Activities for Early Educators
April 22nd is Earth Day. Here are some easy ways to commemorate Earth Day with your students this month:
  • Make an recycled egg carton spring wreath craft.
  • Make a coffee filter Planet Earth craft.
  • Play a waste sorting relay race to practice recycling and composting.
  • Create recycled bird feeders and watch the birds that come to visit.
  • Collect leaves, acorns, rocks, and other natural materials and create a collage.
  • Plant flowers and veggies in your school garden or growing pots with the students and have them water and take care of the planets every day.
Source: Early Care & Education Planning Council


CHILD CARE LINKS DIAPER PANTRY

In Need of Sizes 4 and 5 diapers!
The Child Care Links Diaper Pantry needs your help in collecting sizes 4 and 5 diapers.

 

Since January, the Diaper Pantry has disbursed over 28,000 diapers. That's a lot of clean and dry bottoms! We couldn't do it without the generous support of our community, and are asking for your help.


  To Donate:
  • Online HERE (be sure and type "diapers" under "special instructions")
  • Mail checks/cash to: Child Care Links Diaper Pantry, 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588
  • Drop off size 4 and 5 diapers, 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588
For more
information contact Child Care Links 925.417.8733.


IN THE NEWS
CAPPA's Agency of the Month!
Child Care Links is featured in the as the Agency of the Month in the April 2017, 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.


Transforming Learning Environments!
 


LLESA Children's Center in Livermore wanted to create more natural, outdoor spaces for their students. Outdoor play spaces offer a variety of benefits, including fresh air and sun light, nature connection, and an improved score on your Go Green Rating Scale.

LLESA piloted the Outdoor Classroom Project, where they observed children's behaviors outside and surveyed various potential outdoor spaces around their campus. They wanted to create play areas where the children could make music, relax, and read while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of the outdoors. 

LLESA's teachers took action and transformed various outdoor spaces into comfortable, colorful, and welcoming play areas for their students. These changes inspired excitement and curiosity in the students, as well as the desire to continue creating more beautiful outdoor play spaces. Spending time outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air promotes better over-all health, mood, and lower stress levels for teachers and students alike. Spring is almost here--it's time to read and play outside!

Source: : Early Care & Education Planning Council