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Stand For Children Day -
May 8

Stand for Children Day is Wednesday, May 8. It is organized by Parent Voices as an exciting chance for hundreds of parents to be heard at the capitol and help policy-makers see the daily challenges facing working families. Parent Voices engages parents like you in policy discussions on the importance of children's early learning and parents' work supports provided by quality child care.


Parents and advocates will meet on the L Street side of the capitol building at 10 am on Wednesday, May 8, for a rally, march around the capitol and legislative visits. Parents are encouraged to take their children to make the issue real for legislators, as they make visits to a number of officials' offices. Parents are invited to share stories of how their child care has improved their lives.


For more information or to RSVP for Stand for Children Day, contact Mary Ignatius at (415) 882-0234 or visit


Need A Child Care Program For Your School Aged Child During The Summer?

If you have school age children, you may need to find a new or additional child care program for them this summer. Even if your child is in a Before & After school program, make sure to check with them to be sure they will open for the summer. If not, there are options! Call Child Action's Referral Department at (916) 369-0191 and we can provide you with options. You can also contact your local Park & Recreation District to find out if they have a summer camp program available; to find your local Park & Rec District.


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Welcome to the premier issue of the Child Action, Inc. Parent News! We are excited to bring you current information about child care, child development and other family issues. We welcome your comments and feedback. Contact us at Visit our website: Like us on Facebook!


The approaching months are wonderful times for you to explore outdoors with your 3 year old child! You are probably noticing that they have quite the imagination at this age and love to engage in pretend play. Also developing at this age is their control over their own actions. They are using longer sentences with more complex words. It is also a time when you may notice that your child has developed some new fears.


Take some pretend play outdoors! It not only helps to develop their imaginations, but also helps children work out problems and make sense of the fears they may have. And of course it helps them to learn and use new words in new ways.


These activities support development outlined in The Ages & Stages Questionnaire Third Edition (ASQ-3). The ASQ-3 is a parent completed screening tool for children ages 0-5 years to provide you with a quick check of your child's development. The information you supply will help reveal your child's strengths, uncover any areas of concern, and determine if there are community resources or services that may be useful for your child or yourself. Child Action, Inc. is here to support you because YOU are the expert on YOUR child. If you would like to talk more about the ASQ-3 please contact us at 916-369-0191.

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Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to focus public attention on the needs of young children. WOYC was April 14-20 and the theme was Early Years Are Learning Years�.


Our local NAEYC affiliate, Sacramento Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (SVAEYC) held two events to bring the joy of story time to children. SVAEYC held story time at Shriners Children's Hospital in Sacramento. After stories, children received new books to take home. The hospital library received twenty books. St. John's Shelter and SVAEYC held "jammie night" story time where children gathered in their pajamas to hear stories and receive books of their own. Sharing the joy of reading and learning with young children and their parents furthers the mission of the Week of the Young Child, reminding all of us that Early Years Are Learning Years.


For more information on the Week of the Young Child or NAEYC, go to NAEYC also hosts section on its website just for families, featuring articles, advise and support from Dr. T. Berry Brazelton at

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