Spring Family Child Care Conference - Why Before 5: The first 2,000 days can change a life.

Our Spring Family Child Care Conference is Saturday May 16th at Bellevue College! The theme for this year’s event is Why Before 5: The first 2,000 days can change a life. Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:30am and the day will conclude with raffle prizes at 4:00pm. This event will include:

  • 6 STARS Hours
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Vendors/Shopping
  • Raffle Prizes

$75 Early Bird Deadline is May 10th, register online at https://www.regonline.com/spring2015FCCConference

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Larson, PhD
Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington

The Importance of Early Interactions
High-quality and enriching experiences before the age of 5 set the stage for later learning.  Participants will learn how live, face-to-face interactions with children facilitate learning, and how children can learn through things we can do every day like pointing, eye gaze and imitation.

Before joining the Outreach team at I-LABS, Jennifer was a postdoctoral fellow working for Dr. Bruce Tempel at the University of Washington. She earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from Regis University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Colorado working with Dr. Daniel Tollin. With Dr. Tollin, her research focused on systems and developmental neuroscience, with an emphasis on the developing auditory system.

 

If you have any questions about the Conference please contact Dale at (206) 329-1011 x268 or at dslattery@childcare.org

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New Child Care Careers Graduates

Careers program graduates ready to be hired!

Since 1998 the Child Care Careers Program has provided intensive skills-building and support for participants to build sustainable careers in early education and care. Participants engage in 12 weeks of rigorous, focused instruction that far exceeds minimum state early learning licensing requirements. 14 graduates completed the program in Winter 2015 and are ready to be employed in child care centers or family child care homes as high quality early childhood educators. Generous funding from United Way of King County as well as private funders allows us to provide this course FREE of charge to qualifying participants. Learn more…

Careers program graduates have completed:

  • 30 Hrs. STARS Child Care Basics Certification
  • 3 month Child Care Training Internship at a licensed child care facility
  • Department of Early Learning Cleared Portable Background Check
  • Adult, Infant, & Child First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens Certification

Child Care Careers graduates increase the availability of high quality, culturally-relevant early education and care in King County. Careers class participants are immigrants and refugees who speak another language in addition to English, so they can enhance the diversity of languages that your young children are exposed to in your care setting, supporting early brain growth. The Spring 2015 Child Care Careers Class has just begun, and some participants are still seeking child care internship placements, particularly in South King County.

Child Care Centers or Family Home Child Care Providers interested in hiring a Child Care Careers Graduate or hosting a Child Care Careers student intern should email Trudy Mossop or call 206-329-1011 ext. 287

Read the story about Careers program graduate Rasha Ibrahim in the Highline Times

To invest in our community and continue this great work, please consider Joining the Effort and Donate Now

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Advocating for Children and Teachers

Important early learning issues are being considered during this legislative session, and your voice is critical. The legislature is considering the Early Start bill (HB 1491 and SB 5452) which ensures that all children get the start they need in life by supporting and sustaining Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement program. Child Care Resources is very involved in supporting child care providers to improve their quality through Early Achievers and to inform parents of the assessments of the provider quality to support their choice of child care.  Tell your legislators today that you believe high quality early learning is important to support children’s development and school readiness and to reduce the opportunity gap before it starts.  Ask your legislators to support the Early Start bill.

The Governor’s budget* included Parent-Caregiver Support, which funds work by Child Care Resources and Child Care Aware of Washington with parents and family caregivers.  More than half of the children in Washington are cared for by parents or other relatives, and CCR helps them to prepare children for success in kindergarten and reduces the opportunity gap.  Ask your legislators to support funding for Parent-Caregiver Support.

The Governor did not propose funding for Child Care Aware of WA Family Center. The Family Center provides customized child care referrals to parents, educates them about quality in child care and provides them with information about paying for child care. The Family Center helps parents to make an informed choice of child care to ensure that their children are supported in their early learning and succeed in school. During 2014, CCA of WA provided referrals and education to more than 16,000 families with 23,00 children. Seventy percent (70%) of callers to the CCA of Washington Family Center are from parents with low incomes who want to use child care subsidies, information that is not readily available from any other source.  The Family Center provided 700,000 referrals to early learning professionals in 2014.  If these referrals are not made, child care providers will not benefit from referrals to their programs, and many businesses will suffer. Ask your legislators to support funding in the budget for the Child Care Aware of WA Family Center.

Don’t know how to contact your legislator? Click here

 

*About the Budget

The Governor releases a budget at the beginning of the legislative session, and in February or March the House and Senate release their budgets.  This year, the Governor released his budget, which had generous funding for early learning.  Now is the time to make sure that the House and Senate also fund early learning.  

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CCR in the News

Everyone is talking about Early Learning and Preschool right now and Child Care Resources is a key part of that conversation. We have been working since 1990 on improving the access to and quality of care in King County and Washington State. Here are some of the recent articles about CCR’s involvement in the community.

Read the Highline Times article about how our Careers Program trains local refugees and immigrants to work in high-quality child care centers.

 

Read the Bellevue Reporter article about how our Homeless Child Care Program helped Andrea out of a tough situation.

 

Learn how our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program teaches parents, family members and friends while they care for young children in this KUOW article.

KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

 

Hear CCR staff member Erin Welch share from her perspective as a parent how difficult it can be to pay for child care in this KPLU recording.

 

 Watch Tilman Smith, our Coaching Manager, discuss our Early Learning Academy program and the HighScope Curriculum in this segment of Our City, Our Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the Q13 Fox News transcript where Marty Jacobs, our Family Services Manager, shared the importance of having a backup plan for child care. 

 

Read the Highline Times article about how a local high school student made a difference in her community by raising support for our Homeless Child Care Program.

 

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The Science of Child Development

The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington is leading the way in research on early brain development. They are building an online library of resources for early learning professionals, parents, caregivers, policymakers, and interested community members. CCR is excited to partner with I-LABS to share this critical early learning information with the families and child care providers that we engage with every day. 

Each online module explores a specific topic in early brain science, such as imitation and language acquisition, and nests it within the larger landscape of child development.  All modules are free and are designed to be appropriate for use in everyday interactions with children, as well as for informing system-level programs and policies.

The library of online training modules can be viewed at http://ilabs.uw.edu/outreach-modules

You can also learn about exciting research being done at I-LABS by joining them for a tour to see the only MEG Brain Imaging machine that records brain activity in infants during real-time interactions. http://ilabs.uw.edu/upcoming-outreach-events

Photo credit Institute for Learning and Brain Science / University of Washington

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program designated a Promising Practice

Child Care Resources’ Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program was recently awarded Promising Practice designation by the University of Washington’s Evidence-Based Practice Institute. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn earned the designation by building the program on sound theory and foundational research and by producing evidence through evaluation that shows consistent, positive results for program participants.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is a program of weekly, facilitated play groups for young children and their Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers and their parents. In the groups, families learn about child development and what they can do to support their children’s learning at home and in their neighborhoods.

“Kaleidoscope’s success and Promising Practice status is the result of the good-thinking and vision of dozens of community partners and funders and thousands of families who helped us shape and develop the program over the last 10 years,” said Lisa Conley, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program Coordinator. “It’s been an incredible and inspiring process to work with such committed and innovative people who were willing to try new ideas, learn and try again until we found what works best for children and families.”

From the outset, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn has measured its impact on the families it serves. ORS Impact has been our evaluation partner from the start.

“It has been amazing to see Kaleidoscope Play & Learn go from an idea that was being experimented with to meet the needs of underserved families and communities around Seattle to where it is today -- a program that can be implemented with confidence that makes a real difference to children and their caregivers,” noted Sarah Stachowiak, ORS Impact CEO and one of the founding members of Kaleidoscope’s evaluation team.

Tanya Laskelle, Family Support Services Director at Center for Human Services, has also been part of the team since the beginning. Tanya started as a group facilitator and now manages the Center for Human Services’ nine weekly Kaleidoscope groups. She hears from families about the positive impact the program has on their lives and the lives of their children.

“We receive such overwhelming feedback from our participants that Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is such a good fit for them because it impacts the entire family,” Tanya observed. “The program meets families where they’re at. It takes them on a journey that connects them with resources, ideas and experiences that lead to their child’s school readiness and build parents’ and caregivers’ confidence.”

To learn more about Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, click here

 

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Welcome to Child Care Resources

Since 1990, Child Care Resources has helped to build a strong early learning system for all children in King County. We work with families, caregivers and early learning professionals, and collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child has a great start.

We are a trusted resource for families seeking child care. Our team of experts is available by phone or email to help families explore their early learning options and to make informed choices about this important decision.

We partner with early learning professionals as they develop high-quality care. Through coaching and professional development, we help early learning teachers increase the quality of care available for all children.

We are a collaborator, advocate and data resource in our community, ensuring everyone understands the value of early learning and growing support for key policies that support quality early learning.

To meet or contact one of our wonderful staff, you can view our directory. To view a downloadable version of our brochure, click here

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