"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
September 8, 2020 | Issue #36
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will continue for 2020, highlighting the amazing work being done by Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) child development contractors throughout the state of California. From border-to-border, APPs support working families and children with services to support self-sufficiency, stability of children in child care, and a host of services coordinated to help break the cycle of poverty. Many APPs also have been called on to serve as a community life-support of information and resources during natural disasters.  We are pleased to continue this tradition and bring focus to the untapped potential that is the 40 plus year APP community-based system. 

If you would like to be featured, please email us!

September 2020 Featured Agency of the Month
The nonprofit CocoKids serves the needs of children, families, early educators, businesses and communities. CocoKids is the trusted organization you count on for successfully proven initiatives and a wide range of free and low cost programs and services so parents can work and children are ready for success in school and life.
Our Mission
To champion and advance quality child care and early education.
Our Key Services
Through offices in Richmond, Concord and Antioch, CocoKids provides services to improve the lives of thousands of children, families and early educators:
  • Free child care referrals for all families
  • Parent education and resources, including links to other community services
  • Financial assistance to at-risk and low-income working families so disadvantaged children can have access to child care and preschool education
  • Child safety, health and nutrition education
  • Provider training and support to help child care professionals build sustainable businesses and to provide quality, healthy and age-appropriate care
  • Public education about the importance of a child’s early years of growth and development, and the need to invest in children for our future
Our Values
Since 1976, CocoKids (formerly the Contra Costa Child Care Council) has positively touched lives and communities. These are our core values:
  • CocoKids respects, values, and supports every individual’s contributions, is committed to teamwork, and promotes a healthy work/life balance. We are committed to building and encouraging an educated, compassionate team of child care experts to further our mission.
  • We believe every child is entitled to be safe and healthy, nurtured, educated, and afforded the opportunity to perform to his or her greatest potential.
  • We respect every child’s family and culture. We promise that our community can depend on CocoKids to respect, value and support the parents and child care professionals of all children.
CocoKids’ experts educate and support parents, care providers and policymakers to ensure responsible, healthy and safe, high-quality child care and early education for all families in our community.
Registration Now Open for Our Virtual Joint Conference!
Registration Now Open!

Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2020 Goes Virtual!
There is a lot of interest in this year's Joint Annual Conference, on a virtual platform!

While we will certainly miss being able to come together in-person to share and gain information and to meet and connect with colleagues and workshop presenters, we want to create a conference event that meets as many of our members' needs as possible given the parameters that virtual conferences/workshops have. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important for our community to stay connected, stand united, and meet this challenge together.

While we won't be able to meet in-person, what we hope to offer in a thoughtful, user-friendly manner, are keynote presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and connection time with vendors. It will be different this year since we cannot be in the same physical location, but assisted by technology, we can do all that. With no travel and flexibility, we look forward to new opportunities for R&R Network and CAPPA members from across the state, as well as state partners, joining us as we collectively support our children, families and communities.

Virtual Conference Details
Workshops will be both live and on-demand, with some speakers available for live discussion during their scheduled presentation time. The Virtual Exhibit Hall will run the full conference with links to company videos, materials on the platform, and live chat and meeting opportunities. We also will be incorporating some networking opportunities to connect you with your peers. Post conference, workshop sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for 2 weeks post-conference, which will provide additional learning opportunities for conferees following the conference dates. This platform will allow you to have access to more workshops than ever before!

A workshop program will be available soon. Here is a sample of what will be offered this year:

Workshop Strands:
  • Executives & Managers
  • Managers
  • Demanding Racial and Economic Justice/Professional Growth
  • Working with Parents
  • Working with Providers
  • Strengthening Families/Trauma-informed Care
  • Promoting Self-Care and Resilience
  • AP Administration
  • Health and Safety
  • Building Knowledge in the Child Care Field
Here are just a few of the 60+ Workshop Topics that will be offered:
  • COVID-19 Strategic Response: Reopen, Adapt and Thrive
  • Remote Staff Supervision, Communication and Motivation
  • Team Building...Virtually
  • The Trauma of Racism and Injustice
  • Supporting Providers and Parents in the use of Technology
  • Understanding and Overcoming Work-based Stress in a Virtual World
  • Remote Recertifications
  • Supporting Families Through Income, Need and Provider Changes During COVID-19
  • Supporting Child Care Providers During COVID-19

Visit the Conference Web page  for more information and updates as they become available.

We hope you can join us virtually!