Labor Day Office Closure 

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


What is Labor Day? The US Department of Labor reports "Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers"... Read more here.


Also, check out these 7 Last Minute Labor Day Activities for Kids from parents.com.

Thank You CAI Staff!

Guest Speaker Inspiration


We recently celebrated and thanked our staff, whose continued dedication throughout COVID has been nothing short of amazing. Staff and board members were inspired by our guest speaker, City of Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby, who shared her story of being a single mom enrolled in our subsidy programs when her first born child was younger.


"What a full circle moment. I spoke to the incredible team at Child Action about what a difference the subsidized childcare program made in my life when I was a young single mom. Childcare is essential. I am where I am because of people like this…who never gave up on me." - City of Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby


Thank you Vice Mayor Ashby for your words of inspiration, gratitude, and encouragement. And thank you for reminding us we make a difference.

Celebrating Diane


We also surprised an early learning champion by celebrating long time board member Diane. Diane devoted her career to Sacramento's children through years of service as a leader who contributed to the development of thousands of children.


Diane's commitment to Child Action's board has spanned across the decades. She has shared her talents with us, strengthening the way we do our work.


Thank you, Diane. We celebrate you!

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If you or someone you know would like to be part of meaningful work that benefits our community, please check out our current job openings.

We are seeking Child Care Subsidy Coordinators!


Typical duties include:


  • Enrolling new clients
  • Assessing and verifying information
  • Calculating income to determine eligibility
  • Evaluating and determining child care services needs


To learn more about this position,

visit our website.

Check our website often as we regularly post jobs.

 

For questions, information, or if you have technical difficulties, contact Human Resources at jobs@childaction.org or

(916) 369-0191.

Would you like to receive our special job announcement-only emails? If so, click the image below and select the Child Action, Inc. Employment Opportunities Email List. The regularity of sent emails depends upon our job openings.

A New Training Series for Child Care Providers and Parents


Starting September 7th at 6:30 pm, join the Quality Child Care Collaborative Behavioral Health consultants on the first Wednesday of each month to learn how providers and parents can work together to support children’s social emotional development. Contact us at (916) 369-0191 or workshops@childaction.org to register.  

Your Input is Requested


The Resource & Referral (R&R) Network is partnering with the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley to spread the word about a study of parent preferences and family, friend, and neighbor care.


The survey is for anyone who has a child between the ages of birth-5 years. The study’s aim is to uplift parents’ voices on their child care experiences, arrangements, and preferences - and to demonstrate the importance of license-exempt providers. 


Share your opinion before the survey closes on September 16th.


The Survey Can be Found Here

Public Policy

Budget season is over but the Legislature is still busy working. They had until August 30, 2022, to pass policy bills but the Governor has until September 30 to sign or veto any policy bills.


Early Education/Child Care bills that may be of interest:


AB – 92 Preschool and child care and development services: family fees  

  • Eliminates family fees for families who earn below 75% of the state median income. 
  • If you do have a family fee, the amount would not exceed 1% of your monthly income.
  • The State will pay child care providers the total subsidy amount, and will not reduce the number of child care spaces. 


SB – 1047 Early learning and care

  • Expands the State Preschool Program (CSPP) to serve children, ages 18 months through 5 years.
  • Enables income-eligible families to more easily enroll in subsidized child care and preschool. Expands categorical subsidized child care eligibility for families who are already enrolled in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, WIC, or Head Start.
  • Extends eligibility for subsidized child care from 12 to 24 months, improving continuity of care for families and children.

Your representatives want to hear from you!


You can find your state senator and assemblymember here: Find Address (ca.gov). 


If you are interested in being a part of the budget and/or legislative advocacy, then please contact publicaffairs@childaction.org.

Election Day is Rapidly Approaching


A few key dates to remember:

  • Oct. 10 – Ballots mailed to every active CA voter
  • Oct. 24 – Last day to register to vote (online/via mail)
  • Nov. 8 – Polls are open from 7am-8pm


Note: Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8, and received by the County elections offices by Nov. 15.


CalMatters put together a 2022 Voter Guide, which is a useful resource for all your election questions: California Election 2022 Voter Guide - CalMatters


Of particular interest, check out CalMatters’ FAQ page herewhich provides insight into important questions like:


-       Am I registered to vote?

-       When is the deadline to register to vote?

-       What happens if I miss the registration deadline? 


Additionally, check out Sacramento County’s Voter Registration & Elections guide here for county specific information. 

Resources

Providers Can Serve Healthy Meals

and Save Money

with Food Programs


You may have heard of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which reimburses child care providers for the nutritious meals they serve to children in their care. But did you know how easy it is to sign up and participate? In the past, the paperwork for reimbursement was done by hand, but now daily reporting can be done electronically quickly and easily. In just a few minutes a day, you can earn hundreds of dollars a year in reimbursements for the food you purchase.


Food program sponsor agencies throughout the Sacramento area help providers sign up for the food program and provide support with nutrition and meal planning, filling out records for reimbursement, and even some trainings.


Did you know?


·All types of foods are encouraged as long as they meet nutrition guidelines.  

·Infant formula is reimbursable, and you can even be paid for feeding a mother’s breast milk or providing a space for breast-feeding mothers to nurse their infant on-site.

·Being part of a food program is a great marketing tool. Families know their children will receive nutritious, thoughtful meals and snacks when they are in your child care.

·All types of child care programs are eligible; centers, family child care homes, and Trustline-exempt providers.


We encourage providers to look into all the ways they can offer quality care. Contact Child Action, Inc. Resource and Referral staff at info@childaction.org if you have questions about joining a food program. Or visit  https://www.cdss.ca.gov/cacfp/resources/dch-sponsors-placer-shasta for a list of Sacramento food program sponsor agencies.

What is Developmental Screening?


Developmental screening is a quick check or snapshot in time of how your child is doing in important areas of their development. Regular screening is helpful to see how your child is doing, celebrate their strengths, and pinpoint areas of support. 


Help Me Grow Sacramento helps parents use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screening tool and plan for what comes next as your child grows. The ASQ-3 tool is a set of questions about early development including language, motor, problem-solving, and social skills. Parents know their child best and the ASQ tool recognizes that parents have a unique perspective on what their child can do. Like other preventative health screenings, the main reason for completing the ASQ is to help catch concerns early, but the ASQ can also help you know what to expect next in your child’s development and how to best support their upcoming milestones.


Do you have questions about screening your child? Visit Help Me Grow Sacramento https://www.helpmegrowsac.org/screenings

The RydeFreeRT program offers fare-free transit for youth and students in grades TK through 12th. With RydeFreeRT, youth can ride the entire SacRT transit network, including SacRT buses, light rail, and SmaRT Ride on-demand microtransit service for FREE!

RydeFreeRT is available all day, any day of the week, all year during regular SacRT service hours.


New cards for the 2022-2023 school year are distributed by schools. The new card is valid from June 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 for grades TK through 12th.


Check with your child’s school and visit https://www.sacrt.com/rydefreert/ to learn more about the RydeFreeRT program.

Attention Foster Care Bridge Parents and Providers:

 

Attendance forms are due by the 5th of the month. Please remember, scanned copies will not be accepted and only the original forms will be processed.


Quick check:

Is your form signed by both provider and parent? Is it dated? Is the billing portion complete? 


*Late forms will be processed with next month's attendance forms.


Attendance forms can be submitted by:


Mailing to our office using the postage paid envelope provided or by placing complete forms in the Child Action, Inc. drop box located:


10540 White Rock Rd. Suite #180

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


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