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News & Information

Fall is in the air, which means temperatures and leaves will both begin to start dropping. Changes in seasons creates great opportunities to connect with your family in new ways. In this issue we have included fresh ideas on fall activities.

This month, Child Care Links is excited to invite you to participate in a Community Wide Diaper Challenge. Did you know that many children in the U.S. spend the entire day in a single diaper, or in a diaper that is reused? In fact, 1 in 3 families in America suffer from diaper need. Inadequate diaper changing increases the risk of numerous health problems. Studies show, a baby crying from being in a soiled diaper for a prolonged period of time, is at greater risk of physical abuse.

An adequate supply of diapers can cost up to $100 per month. Families who struggle to pay for basic needs sometimes have to decide between buying diapers or buying food, or paying for utilities. Please join Child Care Links in an effort to fill the diaper gap in the Tri-Valley. 

In This Issue
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.





17-21 October

Are You Up To The Challenge?
Imagine choosing between diapers and paying for food or the electric bill. Chances are you won't face this situation but it's a common challenge for economically insecure families in the Tri-Valley.
Are you a Tri-Valley business, organization, school, church or group? Let's stand together as a community to alleviate situations like this. Join us in a community-wide Diaper Drive Challenge!
The Challenge:
Each participating team will collect diapers, and/or funds to purchase diapers, during the week of 17-21 October. The diapers/funds will be donated to the Child Care Links Diaper Bank. They will then be distributed to Tri-Valley families in need, during the upcoming holiday season. The participating group that contributes the most diapers will win a pizza party. Not just any pizza party, but the winners will get to select a deserving group of their choice to receive it. The winners will also receive public recognition in the Child Care Links Newsletter, the Website, and on social media sites.
To participate :
  1. Sign up online HERE, call 925.249.3920, or email lpage@childcarelinks.org.
  2. Collect diapers during the week of 17-21 October.
  3. Drop off the diapers at Child Care Links between 23-27 October, 6601 Owens Drive Ste. 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 925.417.8733. (If needed, Child Care Links will come and pick up the diapers from your location).
Challenge Ideas:
  • Make it fun!
  • Create a unique visual display using diapers to promote the challenge
  • Run an internal contest for the most diapers collected by an individual, or between departments, classes or sub-groups
  • Have the company/organization match diaper donations
  • Post your challenge on all your social media sites, and around your office/organization.
  • Get excited, invite your family and friends to join the challenge

To Donate to the Diaper Fund:

  • Online HERE
  • Call 925.417.8733
  • By mail at 6601 Owens Drive, Ste. 100, Pleasanton, CA 94588

For more information:

Contact Laura Page, 925.249.3920, lpage@childcarelinks.org

Hacienda Network
Tri-Valley Diaper Drive Coming in October
Child Care Links was featured in the Hacienda Network published on 26 September.
"According to the Pleasanton's Child Care Links, a private, non-profit agency advocating for quality child care, babies need six to ten diapers per day...Read More

Stronger Together Festival
Tri-Valley Diaper Drive Coming in October
Child Care Links was excited to participate in the inaugural Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance Stronger Together Festival on 17 September in the Bankhead Theater Plaza in downtown Livermore. Child Care Links was one of fifty nonprofits who serve the Tri-Valley that were showcased at this event. Community members had a chance to discover volunteer, support and enrichment opportunities with nonprofits enhancing the quality of life in  the Tri-Valley. 

A big Thank you goes out to Charng Zeeb (Network Administrator), Hinia Patel (Data Processor), Alma Lindblom (Accounting Specialist) and Yvonne Stilliltano (Eligibility Specialist), for volunteering as employees of Child Care Links for this wonderful community event. 

Wexford Way Apartment Complex
Connecting With Dublin Residents
Norma Bart-Williams and Julie Camberg spent an afternoon with residents at the Wexford Way Apartment Complex on 28 September. This was a great opportunity to connect with some our Dublin residents and share the many resources Child Care Links offers the community.
Thank you Julie and Norma for participating on behalf of Child Care Links for such a worthy event.

Front Office Staff
What Exactly Does the Front Office Staff Do?
Child Care Links has 5 Administrative Assistants who are on the frontlines in our Oakland and Pleasanton offices.   Gladys Aoako, Norma Bart-Williams and Vanessa Hoffman make up the Administrative Team in our North County office (Oakland). They provide support to the Eligibility Specialists in our Subsidy Department, and engage with the public on multiple levels.

Allison Andersen and Roxie Kuramoto make up the Administrative team in the East County office (Pleasanton). They are responsible for providing customer service to walk-in clients, phone calls, and to clients that are participants of Child Care Links. They offer support to all departments at the East County office.

The front office staff is vital to the agency's success and we are extremely grateful for all their hard work.

Social Media Contest
You Really LIKE Us!
Last month Child Care Links ran a "Like Us" contest on Facebook.
In order to be entered into a drawing to win a $40 Lakeshore Gift Card, we asked you to like our page, share our page and invite your friends to like it.  
We'd like to congratulate CityServe who won the $40 Gift Card to Lakeshore. Thank you for being a fan, and supporting Child Care Links through our Facebook Page!

Reconnect With Your Family
Three Fresh Ideas for Fall
1. Geocaching
Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt using handheld GPS units (like your iPhone). The treasures are containers of all sizes that may be camouflaged to blend into their surroundings. Some are in locations you pass every day, others take you off the beaten path into a whole new world. Inside the cache, there will be a at least a logbook to sign. The larger caches (usually ammo boxes) are filled with inexpensive trinkets for trade (like bouncy balls, stickers, Happy Meal toys, etc.) There are apps you can get to facilitate this activity.

2. Scavenger Hunts
Kids love the details of autumn. Print a scavenger hunt online or create your own list. It doesn't matter if you head out on a hike or to your own backyard, it is a guaranteed adventure.
3. Color Walks
Have your child identify some of their favorite things and talk about what color they are. If you have a digital camera that your child can use, take a walk outside and let them take pictures of all the things that match the colors of their favorite things. Print the pictures and have them make a book.

Child Care Links
Accelerate Learning While Having FUN!
Come prepared to move around during this lively and engaging workshop. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to incorporate Zoo-phonics into their Preschool Programs.
  • Teach children to lock the sounds and shapes of the alphabet into their memories using body movement
  • Begin the sound blending process needed for reading, spelling, and writing 
Saturday, 8 October 2016
8:30am - 3:30pm
Child Care Links Conference Room
6601 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588

Supporting Young Bilinguals
Two-Part Series
In partnership with First 5 of Alameda County and UC Davis, Center for Human Services, Child Care Links will be hosting a two-part training series, Supporting Young Bilinguals. With a particular focus on the early years, students will learn about the different ways young children become bilingual, the advantages of being bilingual, and the myths and truths related to this topic. You will also explore the process of building respectful partnerships between Family Child Care Providers and families who have different home languages.

Topics include:
  • The process of bilingualism in young children
  • Advantages of bilingualism
  • Strategies to facilitate second language acquisition
  • Incorporating families' cultures and foundations of knowledge into early childhood settings 
Session #1
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Child Care Links Conference Room
6601 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588
Session #2
Thursday, 20 October 2016
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Child Care Links Conference Room
6601 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588

Meet Your Advocate
Family Home and Center Based Child Care Providers
The Child Care Advocate Program was created to provide a link between Community Care Licensing and the community.


Join Natalie Dunaway, Northern California Child Care Advocate, to learn more about the services provided to parents, Child Care Providers, and the greater community.

  • Community Care Licensing updates
  • Immunizations for staff/volunteers
  • Review licensee rights, and the complaint and appeal process

Don't miss this great opportunity to find out more about this important and FREE resource.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016
6:45pm - 8:45pm
Child Care Links Conference Room
6601 Owens Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588

First 5 of Alameda County
Help Me Grow
Connection Café

Come join Help Me Grow to learn more about resources in your community and share information about your program with others. The Connection Café is a valuable networking opportunity for all agencies providing services to children 0-5, and their families in Alameda County. This event gives local service providers a chance to come together for networking, a light breakfast, and a featured guest speaker.
Contact the Help Me Grow Community Liaison, Noemi Toscano-Gutierrez at 510.277.6950 for more information.

Friday, 14 Otober
8:30am - 11:00am
  Location TBD

Men and Child Care Conference
Inaugural Men and Child Care NorCal 2016 Conference
Men and Child Care

A collaboration between Sacramento Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children, East Bay Association for the Education of Young Children, Redwood Empire Association for the Education of Young Children, National Human Development Foundation, and the Men in Child Care Committee of the California Association for the Education of Young Children. 

In a safe and collaborative environment, you will:
  • Learn and discuss the history of men working in the early care and education profession and the unique challenges they experience
  • Explore and identify resources and support for men working in the field of Early Care and Education
  • Co-develop an advocacy plan to promote more gender equity 
This conference is for an yone interested in promoting more gender diversity in the field of Early Care and Education.
Ticket includes:
  • Registration for the event
  • Light breakfast
  • Box lunch
  • Conference T-shirt
Saturday, 22 October
8:00am - 4:30pm
American River College
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841