April 2019
“Every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story.” ~Josh Shipp

Over the past year, we have offered a series of workshops on the impact of trauma on children. With a goal of helping parents, child care providers, educators, therapists and others who work with and care for children understand how stress and trauma affect all aspects of a child's development, participants in our Trauma-Informed Care Series have learned how to recognize the signs of trauma and have developed tools and strategies to help children heal.

Trauma includes a variety of adverse experiences like physical or sexual abuse, violence in the home, substance abuse by a parent, sudden loss of a loved one (sibling, parent, grandparent, care provider, etc.), mental illness of a family member. We know that trauma can alter the way a child sees the world, making it suddenly seem a much more dangerous and frightening place. Children may find it more difficult to trust both their environment and the people in it. What we know to be true is that healing can and does take place and that the impact of one caring adult can make all the difference in how that healing happens.

As we've gathered to learn about Trauma-Informed Care, I have asked participants to take a moment to think about the adults who were there for them when they were kids. Some have said it was a parent or grandparent. Others said there was a special coach or teacher. Others have identified neighbors, parents of their friends or friends of their parents. Whoever it was for each of them, one caring adult made an impact.

Who was the caring adult in your childhood? And for whom are you that caring adult?

Have we mentioned that we LOVE volunteers?
On March 13th, Child Care Links welcomed 36 Holy Names High School's freshman girls into our Oakland office! Volunteers spent the day learning about our agency, doing team building activities, and even did some sorting, organizing and folding in our donation closet. We could not continue to move our services forward without the help of our volunteers, THANK YOU!

Interested in volunteering? Click below to contact us!
We love our Community!

Child Care Links CEO, Kelly O'Lague Dulka spoke to the St. Raymond's WINGS (Women in God's Spirit) group in March about her own journey of faith and how it's impacted her work with children and families in our community. Child Care Links is so incredibly appreciative of the 6,028 diapers that the WINGS group donated to the Child Care Links Diaper Pantry. In addition to diapers, baby wipes and clothes were also donated!
Family Read Night

Our March 29th Family Read Night was a success! Child Care Links opened its doors to families throughout Alameda County in both our Pleasanton and Oakland offices. Children had the opportunity to visit three of our reading stations where they listened to a variety of Dr. Seuss books, and then got to participate in a craft! Children made Lorax face masks, ate Green Eggs and Ham treats, and played Dr. Seuss BINGO.
Field Trip to the ZOO!

Child Care Links FFN Providers and children got to spend a fun afternoon at the Oakland Zoo! Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN)Providers are those that care for a loved one's child, and are often referred to as nannies, or babysitters, but at Child Care Links they are so much more to us! In appreciation for the love and care they provide to the families they serve, Child Care Links treated them, and the children they care for, to an afternoon at the Oakland Zoo. We had so much fun watching the alligators, playing at the playground, and petting all the goats at the Petting Zoo.

All the FFN Providers that joined us were provided Talk, Read, Sing bags filled with lots of goodies, including, a book, an activity calendar, PlayDoh, and information about Help Me Grow Alameda County!
For Our Families
CalWORKs Public Service Trainee Program

Application Submission Period
April 15th - May 10th

The Social Services Agency paid transitional jobs program uses both classroom skill building and on-the-job training to prepare CalWORKs participants for careers in the public and private sectors. Job seekers are placed in temporary clerical and technical positions throughout SSA and various County departments. Selected candidates will receive $20/hour salary as a temporary employee of Alameda County, 12-week classroom and on-the-job training, and 10-month paid job placement in departments throughout Alameda County.

|Contact your Employment Counselor to learn how to apply|
Tri-Valley Job Fair!
Tuesday, April 23rd, 3:00-7:00
Livermore Community Center
4444 East Ave., Livermore

The Tri-Valley Career Center provides a variety of services to job seekers, including helping them through today’s complicated job search process. This April they are hosting the Tri-Valley's largest hiring event. Come meet the over 35 hiring managers face to face. Register below!
Interested in Opening
your own
Child Care Business?

Do you love working with children? Are you already caring for your own children, or a friend or relative’s children? You can become a licensed family child care provider, and start your own business out of your home!

Child Care Links supports those that are interested in opening their own child care business by providing FREE assistance to build a strong foundation for your business!

Additional assistance includes:
  • Technical assistance to establish a child care business that is competitive and marketable
  • Opportunities to network with other child care provides in your area
  • Workshops on topics including, but not limited to, contact development, child development, business , and health and safety
  • Assistance in meeting California state licensing requirements
  • In home one-on-one support
For Our Child Care Providers
Family, Friend and Neighbor
Child Care Providers!

Do you care for your grandchild, niece/nephew, or for a friend's child?  This is sometimes referred to as being a babysitter, a nanny, or a family, friend, or neighbor child care provider. Child Care Links offers MONTHLY activities for those caring for their family member, friend, or neighbor's child(ren)! Check out our upcoming events below for family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) child care providers!
Upcoming Events & Trainings
P L A Y G R O U P !
Mondays (4 week session)
April 8th, 15th, 22th, & 29th
Fireflies (0-18 months)
9.00AM - 9.45PM
Bumble Bees (18 months - 3 years)
10.00AM - 10.45AM
April 18th
Child Support 101
6.00PM - 8.00PM
April 23rd
Surviving Challenging Behavior
6.30PM - 8.00PM
April 27td
Be the Buzz:
Developing your
Professional Portfolio
10.00AM - 1.00PM
*For those caring for a family member, friend, or neighbor's child(ren)*
April 25th
Shake, Rattle, and Roll:
Keeping Active Babies Safe
6.30PM - 8.30PM


*For those caring for a family member, friend, or neighbor's child(ren)*
* S A V E T H E D A T E *
May 10th |6PM - 8PM
Child Care Links Pleasanton

Join Child Care Links for Friday Night Movie Night with
The Incredibles! Don't forget to dress up as your favorite SUPERHERO, and bring blankets and pillows!

Popcorn provided!
A Special Thank You to Our "Diaper Darlings" and all others who have contributed to our pantries whether it is time, energy or money. We couldn't do it without YOU!

Satabhish Aeka ~ Afsheen Afzal ~ Shruti Agarwal ~ Diane Anderson ~ Barbie Arioto ~ Salvation Army ~ Julie Ashmore ~ Jane Kraemer Baker ~ Chaitali Bandyopadhyay ~ Mary Baptist ~ Deborah Barker~ Denise Berkowitz ~ Kathy Bernandez ~ Blazing Fire Church ~ Boys Team Charity Pleasanton League ~ Lenisha Brewer ~ Tracy Brown ~ Nicola Brown ~ Jill Buck ~ Sharon Caldeira ~ Julie Camberg ~ Judith Caminiti ~ Amy Carr ~ Eric & Paulette Carr ~ Carrie Chambers ~ Kristen Charlson ~ Ann Clark ~ Crosswinds Church ~ Kate D'Or ~ Bibek Das ~ Daughters of the British Empire ~ Ian Davidson ~ Mike Dean ~ Chuck Deckert ~ Delia & Charlie DeLaRosa ~ Nicole Denney ~ Camille Denzel ~ Alyssa de Quina ~ Shelley Despotakis ~ Dublin Unified School District ~ Annie Dulka ~ Kathy Dulka ~ Kelly O'Lague Dulka ~ Ryan Duncan Anderson ~ Captain Craig Eicher ~ Amanda and Victor Ferrer ~ Marilyn Foletta ~ Free to Be Me Child Care ~ Kendra Frerich ~ Helen Fulgado ~ Lisa Garcia ~ Lori and Paul Garcia ~ Marty Garcia-Cotter ~ Kristen Geller ~ Gingerbread Preschool ~ Erin Green ~ Kristie Gross ~ Charlotte Guinn ~ Noelle Hannula ~ Jim Hanscom ~ Hindu Community and Cultural Center ~ Jamie Hintzke ~ Angela & Garrett Holmes ~ Becky Hopkins ~ Jennifer Hosterman ~ Bonita F. Hourel ~ Allean and Stanley Housted ~ Amanda Houston ~ Tami Ingram ~ Karen Kallestad-Miller ~ Nikki Kotz ~ Sara Kwan ~ Lakeshore Learning ~ Kimberly LaRosa ~ LaDonna and Gary Leach ~ Joanna Livingston ~ Sisi Mac ~ Sarah Mann ~ Ken Mano ~ Marilyn Mattoon ~ Debbie Marshall ~ Loren Marshall ~ Kurt McAninch ~Ruth McAninch ~ Michelle McDonald ~ Stephanie McGough ~ Joelle McGlothlin ~ Kimberly McLellan ~ Tiana Megofna ~ Amy Miller ~ Mollie Molin ~ Wendy Montgomery ~ Jen Morlan ~ Fatima Muazy ~ Nancy Mullins ~ Alice Nakanishi ~ Jeanne Nakano ~ Dorian Nasby ~ Debbie Nemecek ~ North Pleasanton Rotary Club ~ Renee Palm ~ Dezarae Patterson ~ Colin and Anneke Proudfoot ~ Woody Queen ~ Kathleen Redmond ~ Angela Register ~ Kathleen Rief ~ Paul Ruedi ~ Heather Rizzoli ~ Rotary Club of Pleasanton ~ Bonnie Russell ~ Gwen Salzborn ~ Lucinda Scanlan ~ Susan Schall ~ Share the Spirit East Bay News Group ~ Laurie Shields ~ Harshmeet Singh ~ Dina Sklovskaya ~ Janel Sloan ~ Linda Smith ~ Jennifer Solari ~ St. Clare's Episcopal Church ~ St. Raymond Catholic Church ~ Dick Stafford ~ Marie and Padraig Stapleton ~ Marissa Stein ~ Ailish Tasker ~ Bob Tedrick ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ~ Stefanie Tomlinson ~ Unity of Tri-Valley Church ~ Valley Family Child Care Association ~ Austin Verive ~ Arany Uthayakumar ~ Dawn Wilson ~ Marjorie Wong-Gilmore ~ Carly Yamaichi ~ Lea Yancey ~ Kathy Young

If you would like to donate diapers,
please email [email protected]