December 2 0 16
News & Information

Child Care Links would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. This is a great time of year to snuggle up with your children and read your favorite holiday books, bake homemade cookies, or volunteer at a local charity.
This month, Child Care Links is offering three professional development trainings including, Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales, Enriching Your STEM Program, and Advanced Brain Development. Please note, December is a short month for Child Care Links and the office will be closed from 21 December - 1 January.
As 2016 comes to an end, we will be wishing Carol Thompson, the Executive Director, a very happy retirement. Carol dedicated 36 years to the agency and will be sorely missed. In an interview featured below, she shares what she is most proud of and what retirement means to her.

For Parents
For Child Care Providers
To Our Sponsors
Child Care Links would like to thank First 5 of Alameda County, CCIP (Child Care Initiative Project) the City of Dublin, and the City of Pleasanton. Their support and collaboration is instrumental in promoting Early Education, Quality Child Care and Professional Development for children, their families, and the Child Care
Professionals who serve them.

We are grateful to be building a stronger community together.





55,000 Diapers
Child Care Links Diaper Pantry Opens

The Child Care Links Tri-Valley Community Diaper Drive Challenge held in October, resulted in the collection of 55,000 diapers.

This month Child Care Links opened the doors to a Diaper Pantry. To kick it off, the agency hosted a Holiday Party on 2 December for 170 low-income children who live in the Tri-Valley. Each child received a gift, and families with children ages 0-3 years received a month's supply of diapers.

Beginning December, Child Care Links will be giving a month supply of free diapers to families who struggle to afford them. The Child Care Links Diaper Pantry will be open every Thursday from 7am - 12pm, and the second Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm.

Child Care Links is providing free diapers as a means to increase parents' awareness, and behaviors related to early literacy. Along with diapers, parents will receive books to read with their children, and other resources to promote early literacy.
Poverty and illiteracy are closely connected. One in three children in the U.S. start school without the skills he or she needs to be successful. Children who live in low-income neighborhoods start kindergarten 60% behind their peers, specifically lacking in the areas of language, math, and social-emotional skills.

The Child Care Links Diaper Pantry will help bridge the diaper gap by offering free diapers, and parent education opportunities to equip low-income parents with early literacy tools they can use to make diaper time fun and educational. 
If you know someone who is struggling to maintain an adequate supply of diapers for their child, please refer them to Child Care Links.

The agency will continue to collect funds and diapers on an on-going basis to support this program.
  To Donate:
  • Online HERE
  • Mail checks/cash to: Child Care Links, 6601 Owens Drive, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Executive Director Retires After 36 Years
Carol Thompson isn't crying because it's over, she's smiling because it happened.
Q: What jobs did you have prior to joining the Child Care Links team?
A: For many years, I worked at the Alameda County Welfare Department doing eligibility work. I also worked for the Alameda County Probation Department, Juvenile Hall, as a stenographer.
Q: What positions did you hold during your time at Child Care Links?
A: I started as an Eligibility Intake Clerk and Program Assistant. I then became the Office Manager and Eligibility Counselor, later adding a supervisory role for the Alternative Payment Program. The last 17 years, I was honored to serve as the Executive Director.  
Q: What has changed at Child Care Links over the years?
A: One of the biggest changes I have seen is the increased confidence levels of the families who have moved through the subsidy program. As they begin to go to school, obtain degrees, and secure good jobs, their confidence levels rise, as they achieve self-sufficiency. 
I have also enjoyed watching the staff grow and change, working with and challenging them to be the best they can be. We have a very talented and supportive staff who are committed to the field and the mission. I am only as good as my staff is, I couldn't do it without them.
Q: What hasn't changed since you started at Child Care Links?
A: The bureaucracy and the paperwork! Also, the joy we get helping each child and family, and being able to see them thrive.
Q: What are you most proud of during your time at Child Care Links?
A: I have loved every day I've been here. I'm most proud of the relationships that have lasted 36 years built on respect and trust. In 36 years, I can honestly say this work has been one of the greatest loves of my life.
I feel as though I have made a difference in the lives of children and their families. I believe my work allowed me to be a positive role model for my own children.
Q: What are you looking forward to in retirement? 
A: I am looking forward to living life to the fullest. I plan to spend more time with my grandkids, helping them with their education. I am looking forward to doing more volunteer work, crafting and working on sewing projects.
We asked employees to weigh in on what stands out the most about Carol and this is what they had to say.
"Carol has always made it a point to try and get to know each employee individually. She consistently does special/thoughtful things for staff which has made for a very caring environment at Child Care Links."
"Carol has a way of genuinely connecting to the entire staff. She has a leadership style that breeds respect and commitment. Her generous spirit is contagious."

Instagram Follow Us Contest

Congratulations to Avital Andrews who was the winner of last month's Instagram Contest.
You have won a $50 Lakeshore Gift Card. Thank you for following Child Care Links on Instagram.

Child Care Links will be CLOSED 
21 December  - 1 January.
Child Care Links will be CLOSED 16 January in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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