Spring 2022
Child Care Resource & Referral
Serving Douglas, Klamath & Lake Counties
Douglas: 541.492.6608 Klamath & Lake: 541.492.6609
Spring 2022 Newsletter
A Message from our Program Coordinator:
Hello Awesome Providers!

I hope you are all well and staying healthy and safe. Boy, this Covid thing has been a long road. You are all amazing first responders. What you did and continue to do makes such a difference in our communities. Sometimes when we hit a long, long season like this, we forget to take a minute to look back at what we have weathered and how it has shaped and strengthened us. Thank you for keeping your commitment to children and families. Thank you for guiding early learners to creative explorations, successful self-regulation, and empathy for others. History will show how this season changed the childcare landscape for the better. You are appreciated!
Here, at Care Connections & Education, we are working our way back into in-person opportunities for you. May 14th we will be holding our Annual Spring Fling provider appreciation event and training. Mark your calendars, it is going to be gooooood! The best part, this is our first year providing this simultaneously in Klamath Falls. Spring Fling will be located at our local community colleges KCC and UCC! There will be 6 hours of training, lunch, door prizes, and vendors. You will not want to miss it. See our training calendar for more details and keep an eye out for a postcard closer to the event.

We are also excited to announce that we have two new employees joining our team. Alexis Mann, our new Early Learning Support Specialist, will be located in our Klamath office supporting new programs, outreach efforts and helping new KCC students in a new network opportunity. Cherry Camonayan is our new Quality Improvement Specialist. Cherry will be developing our training calendar, providing training and working with Dani to support our UCC students. This is an exciting time as we work to promote the importance of quality early learning, training, higher education and the profession.
I am ready for Spring and seeing your sweet faces again in a class or conference sometime soon. Can’t wait!


Program Coordinator
Care Connections & Education
Please Welcome our Newest Team Members:
Cherry Camonayan
Quality Improvement Specialist
& UCC Back to School Navigator
Douglas County Office
My name is Cherry Camonayan and am excited to be the newest Quality Improvement Specialist for the Douglas ESD. I have worked in education since 2011 working with infants to teenagers holding positions from Teacher’s Aide to Director. I’ve received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts : Teacher Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies, and a step 10 in the Oregon Registry. My true passion is Child Development and look forward to continue my career here in Roseburg!
Alexis Mann
Early Learning Support Specialist
Klamath Falls Office
& KCC Navigator

Hi, there! My name is Alexis Mann. I am originally from South Texas, but I have lived in WA and ID and been living in Klamath Falls for about 3.5 years. I love Oregon and some hobbies of mine include teaching ice skating, curling, and hiking with my dogs! I am very excited to have the opportunity to be here and learn some new and exciting things.
Klamath's Focus Child Care Network

It is so exciting to see that Spring is nearly here! To celebrate, we will be hosting our very own Spring Fling on May 14th. More to come soon!

Our Focused Child Care Network cohort continues to celebrate our early educators! Let’s all do a Hip! Hip! Hooray! for Linda Veronica Piceno (Vero), for becoming our latest licensed early childhood educator from our FCCN group of Spanish speakers. Vero, has been working hard to get her program going. She has made many modifications to her home, continues to care for an infant and has been taking ECE classes since the fall of 2019.  She is currently enrolled at KCC continuing to learn about the care and education of young children. We wish her all the best! Congratulations Vero!

We continue to meet virtually with our group. While we enjoy seeing each other via zoom, there is nothing like working and training together in person. This is one reason we are so excited about the upcoming Spring Fling May 14th! We have a day planned to celebrate YOU! Our early educators! Please mark this day and plan on attending.

Congratulations to all of you who applied for and received the Stabilization Grant offered by the Early Learning Division! This will provide a much-needed financial boost to our child care community!

We know many of you rely on the CCR&Rs for training, resources, and information to support the care and education that you offer to children and families. It is such a joy to be a part of your journey!
Back to School Cohort Update
Happy Spring Season. Spring term is rapidly approaching and the UCC ECE Back to School Cohort is growing and blooming! We are welcoming not only new cohort members this term but a new Navigator as well. Cherry is a welcomed addition to the team and I look forward to working alongside her to support this group of students that I am proud to be a part of!

We are getting ready to pay out our incentives for Fall and Winter terms, that’s about $2000 directly in our participants pockets! In addition to this we will have paid out $5000.00 in tuition assistance and fees. The part that makes this to good to be true is that there is more money coming! There’s no time like now to get your degree or cert if Early Childhood Education. Check out the options, Social Science and Education Degrees and Certificates - Umpqua Community College

Spring Registration is now open and there are several classes available to fit your schedule and educational needs. Classes start on March 28th, take a look at the UCC Website or give myself or Dr. Sally Guyon a chance to help map your degree. We have supports in place to help people just like you.
Not sure if this is right for you? Let’s setup a time to meet. One on one meetings not your thing? Join us on April 1st (no kidding) from 5:30 to 7:00 at UCC to get your questions answered. Email or call any time. 541-492-6606. 

Let us welcome spring and its unique beauty with happy minds and open hearts!

Dani McKiddy
Quality Improvement Specialist
Infant Toddler Cohort
In January the Small Business Development Center at Umpqua Community College, and Care Connections and Education of Douglas County supported a year long business and infant toddler quality improvement cohort. We have 12 child care providers who participated in this cohort this past year each completed a Business Plan and earned Business Certificates from UCC along with receiving funding from Neighborhood Works and the Ford Foundation.
This last year we began the first steps of Infant Toddler quality improvement process for their spark portfolio. This year they will continue their Infant Toddler quality improvement journey working on family engagement, Learning and development, assessments , learning environments and the completion of their Spark Portfolio.
Lake County and Reedsport Residents: Please contact Michelle at 541.492.6608 to see if you qualify for overnight lodging reimbursement.
SOU Virtual Workshop April 9
First Aid/CPR Updates
The ability to take online classes will end June 30, 2022
Renewal or new CPR online prior to June 30, 2022 is valid through the expiration date on the certificate.

After June 30, 2022:
1.      Hybrid Options for First Aid CPR
2.      In person classes

*Owner Operators of Registered Family Childcare and Center Directors are eligible for an award from Care Connections & Education to cover the cost of this training. Others can call to see if they are eligible for reimbursement through TRI.

1.       if your First Aid CPR is due for renewal May 15, 2022 you may take online training prior to June 30 and will not need to take in person training until 2024.

2.      If your First Aid CPR is due for renewal Nov. 15, 2022 and you take the renewal training after June 30, 2022 you will need to take the in person or hybrid option.

Early Learning Division - Provider Resources:

Fire Safety Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC)
School-Age Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC)

Supporting Kindergarten Transitions
Stabilization Grant Information
If you received the Stabilization Grant
watch your email for important
updates from ELD coming soon.
Provider Resources
Need lunch tables? Phoenix School of Roseburg has approximately a dozen cafeteria lunch tables. Large fold up on wheels, seats a approx. 12 children when unfolded) For sale for a donation to any local agency. Contact: Thomas McGregor @ Phoenix School 541.580.7032 or tmcgregor@roseburgphoenix.com
FARA: Hero Night- T.I.P.S Parenting Class (FARA)
This will be a free program with dinner, and a parenting class. While parents are in class, kids are welcome to come play for a hero night!
About this Event
We ask you to join us as FARA provides a parenting class (*TIPS) while kids can come to a **hero game night. Dinner starts at 5:30.

* TIPS- The True Insight Parenting Strategies (TIPS) approach goes beyond the basics of parenting in order to gain a deeper level of insight into how parents relate to their children.

**Hero game night! we will provide team based games for elementary students as their parents are in class. Prizes, and lots of fun await! There will also be a baby room open for younger children if the need arises. https://fara4kids.org/
Vooks.com is offering one year free membership for organizations and families. Vooks.com is an on-line streaming platform dedicated to animated children’s books. There are 200 books on the site now, with about 20 in Spanish. You can share this opportunity with your network. Redeem at https://join.vooks.com/redeem/. For organizations, enter code VOOKSUS. For families, enter code VOOKSFRIENDS.
Wednesday Mornings: 
 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 
Roseburg Public Library 
Join Youth Services Librarian Aurora Oberg for stories, rhymes, and fun. Go to the library's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/roseburglibrary
for the link and an archive of previous story times. 
Event Type(s): children's program 
Age Group(s): ages 3-8 

Thursday Mornings 
Join Julia Masner for Spanish Storytime! You can find each new video posted on the library's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/roseburglibrary.  
Event Type(s): children's program 
Age Group(s): ages 3-8 
Spring Hours
Open: Mon-Friday 8:00am- 4:30pm

Holiday Closures:
Monday, 5/30 - Memorial Day

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How Can We Help?
Care Connections & Education provides early learning resources and technical assistance to providers just like YOU!
Here are just some of the ways we can help:
  • Connect to Oregon's Early Learning Systems

  • Technical Assistance and Referrals to Extra Supports for Children with Challenging Behavior

  • Navigate Licensing and/or DHS
  • Program Quality Improvement

  • Cohort and Coaching Opportunities

  • Connect to Professional Development and Higher Education Opportunities
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