A resource for families in Santa Cruz County

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Finding Quality Preschools and Childcare Centers
Space in Preschools and Childcare Centers is tight. Parents preparing to go back to work are finding themselves on wait lists. We asked Sita Moon, Coordinator for the county Child Development Resource Center, to share with us information on the status of available space. She gives us background and good advice. Thorough research and patience are needed as parents negotiate this latest challenge from Covid19. Scroll down.

Our museums are opening up, albeit cautiously. Soon we can visit! The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has an exciting citizen science project you can do as a family! You can make a reservation to visit the MAH. The Children's Museum Of Discovery is opening for small group, timed visits on April 2. Check out the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. Scroll down for details.

If you have wonderful, lively, challenging, high-spirited children, join this March 30th talk with child psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Ross Greene on Raising Human Beings! https://santacruzparent.com/event/raising-human-beings/

Camp Directors are making summer plans. We are compiling our Camp Guide and downloadable PDF of camps. Tell your friends to register for our newsletter so you all get camp information coming out next week. They will thank you for sending this signup link! https://tinyurl.com/w9btgxd

Have a great weekend with your families, Parmalee
The Status of Preschools and Childcare
in Santa Cruz County

by Sita Moon, Coordinator, Child Development Resource Center

For those not familiar with the Child Development Resource Center, we are here to help families looking for child care or a preschool program.

Funded by the State of California our free services have been available for more than 40 years as we maintain the list of all licensed programs in Santa Cruz County and offer support to families and providers.

A quick phone call or a visit to our website can help you begin the child care referral process. https://cdrc4info.org/. Our experienced referral counselors will offer information about programs in your search area as well as information on choosing a child care program and how to recognize indicators of quality and safety.

Now, more than ever, this invaluable assistance is needed. As families navigate the uncertain territory of returning to work and children returning to school how can we be comfortable with the idea of letting our little ones enter into a child care setting? And what’s happening with child care and preschool anyway? Are they even open? Is it safe?

Our child care system in Santa Cruz County, as in other places across the country, has really gone through some tough changes due to the pandemic. While the number of child care centers remained consistent over the past 10 years, (around 110 centers serving families county-wide), the number of licensed family child care homes has seen a steady decline.

Read the entire article by Sita who shares more information and offers sound advice for those seeking preschools and/or childcare > > >
Become a Citizen Scientist
Learn about rare plants and community science in the CZU Burn Zone with Amy Patten


The area impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex Fires hosts a slew of rare plants. As we enter spring, the season of new growth, botanists will be paying close attention to these rare plants, but they’re not the only ones.

A “community scientist” is anyone who makes and shares observations in an effort to contribute to scientific understanding — and we hope you will help us bring community science to the burn zone.

During this online training hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History with Amy Patten, Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Manager for the California Native Plant Society, you’ll learn how you can search for and document rare plants as a community science volunteer.

We’ll go over some of the fascinating and beautiful rare plants you can see in the burn area, as well as online tools you can use for survey efforts as part of the CZU Lightning Complex and Community Science Project.

Thursday, March 25 | 6:30-7:30pm
Free Zoom Webinar | Register for Link
Raising Human Beings
A talk with child psychologist and bestselling author
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings. As a clinical psychologist, he’s been working with children and families for over 40 years. His influential work is widely known throughout the world.

Join Dr Greene to learn and discuss:
  • How to think differently about children’s challenging behavior
  • How “Collaborative & Proactive Solutions” can foster a non-punitive, non-adversarial relationship with children that helps children learn problem solving, perspective-taking, and honesty.

Tuesday, March 30, 4:00 pm ~ Online: us02web.zoom.us
Virtual Family Day: Wonderful Weaving. March 25, 4-5pm, For this month’s craft we will walk you through a step-by-step process of how to transform discarded paper into colorful patterns through the art of weaving. Free – $5, Details
Is it Safe to Come Out Now? Mar 25, 7-8:30pm - Moving past sheltering in place and back into the world, Hosted by Colleen Murphy - Free for Soquel Pens parents, $15 for non-members. Details
Dog mushing in Santa Cruz? March 27, 11am - 12pm, Come join us for an informative look into the sport of dog mushing and what it takes to compete in some of the most iconic sledding events. Details
Cinderacula Film Premiere, March 26, 8 – 10pm, ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT! Cinderacula and the Campaign of Unfortunate Events, filmed during the summer of 2020. Film premiere at the Boardwalk Drive-In. Details

School Events: Open Houses, Virtual Tours, Tours by Appointment, Online Performances. Check both March & April! Details
NAMI Basics Class for Parents of Teens - Mar 30, 6 - 8pm, NAMI Santa Cruz County offers NAMI Basics, a free, 6-session education program for loved ones of teens (11-17) with mental health challenges. This series will be offered via Zoom. Students must commit to all sessions to enroll. Details
Open Air Market at the Boardwalk
Saturday, March 27, 11am‑5pm
Support local artisans and direct sales representatives while shopping at this unique ocean view market at the Boardwalk! Shop up to thirty booths for unique gifts! Details
Boardwalk Winter Drivein Movies - Sat. Mar 27, 8pm, Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery Details
Mount Madonna SDG Speaker Series: Sustainable Development: The Climate-Energy-Equity Nexus,  April 15, 7-8pm, Spend an hour hearing from climate scientist and Stanford University professor, Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh., 7-8pm, Details