"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
January 3, 2022 | Issue #1
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Your health and safety are our top priority and with the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the new COVID-19 variant, we've decided to host the Policy Forum exclusively online. Regardless of the venue change, this event still promises forward-thinking discussions that get to the heart of child care issues that matter most to families, early childhood educators and care providers. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from leading national, state and local experts from the comfort of your own home. Be sure to register for what's sure to be an engaging and enlightening event. Hear leading experts and representatives discuss federal investments in child care, the current state of California’s child care landscape, and Universal Preschool.

Featured speakers include:
  • Cristina Alvarado, Executive Director, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
  • Mario Cardona, Chief of Policy and Practice for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA)
  • Kelly Gonez, President, Los Angeles Board of Education
  • Dr. Michael Olenick, President & CEO, Child Care Resource Center (CCRC)
  • Kristin Schumacher, Senior Policy Analyst at Budget and Policy Center
  • Jackie Wong, Board President, Washington Unified School District  
  • Betty Zamorano-Pedregon, Director Head Start Birth to Five, Child Care Resource Center 

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2022 Featured Agency Highlight
Community based public and private Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) support the needs of working moms and dads with access to child care and other supports earmarked to lift families up from poverty. During the pandemic, these programs have distributed emergency essential worker child care vouchers, family child care and center stipends & PPE, diapers, food and clothing. Throughout California, these APPs may also support parental choice to CalWORKs Stages 2 & 3, preschool and center-based programs, general child care, After School Education and Safety (ASES), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHENs), transportation, behavioral & mental health services, respite, regional centers, health and safety, 21st Century, resource libraries, and Trustline.

Below is a highlight from Child Development Resources of Ventura County's website, supporting the needs of family child care providers and families in their community.
 How is your agency staying connected to your families and providers? Let us know!