Wednesday, July 6, 2022

How the food you eat affects your gut - Shilpa Ravella


The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest, produce important nutrients, regulate the immune system, and protect against harmful germs. And while we can’t control all the factors that go into maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, we can manipulate the balance of our microbes by paying attention to what we eat. Shilpa Ravella shares the best foods for a healthy gut.

Lesson by Shilpa Ravella, animation by Andrew Foerster.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Nutrition Nuggets : Announcements

We have a few announcements that we would like to share that will be going into effect this month. Some of these announcements are big victories for participants of the Food Program and we are very excited to share the news.

Tiering- A lot of you are aware that last year all providers were eligible to qualify under Tier 1 and get the same reimbursement rate regardless of their tiering status. Great news! There will be an additional year of Tier 1 reimbursements of all providers starting this month through June 30th, 2023. This change is automatic, with no action needed from you. You will still need to complete a Meal Benefit Form if you want to claim your own or residential children.

Reimbursement Rates- Starting this month, there will also be an increase of 10 cents for all meals and snacks per child. You will see this increase on the reimbursement you receive in September (for July).

Remote Visits- The waiver that was set in place for remote visits has been extended through June 30th, 2023. We currently have been doing 3 visits per fiscal year over the phone. This fiscal year, we will try to incorporate one of those visits to be face to face, virtually. We may have to use different methods, such as Zoom or Facetime, depending on what providers have access to. When we find the best system to achieve this goal, we will let providers know.

Annual Training- We will be posting our annual training on our website this month for providers to complete by September 30th, 2022. We will send a link through KidKare Messages and a Constant Contact notice with the link. Please be on the lookout for that.

Whole Grain Measurements- As many of you know, the regulations for whole grain measurements were proposed to change last year. It was postponed, but the change will be implemented July 1, 2022. Providers can find measurement information in this year's annual training packet.

There are a lot of exciting announcements and some changes for providers on the Food Program this month. If you have any questions regarding any of these changes, please contact us.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Family Navigator Help Me Grow Call Center #64


Do you have a desire to aid families with young children by connecting them to Solano County programs and services? Do you have an outgoing, energetic and positive personality? This may be the position you’ve been waiting for.

WHO WE ARE:
Solano Family & Children’s Services promotes and advocates for the well-being of children, their families and child care providers, by offering access to a variety of child care resources. We hire individuals who have a strong work ethic and are looking for a career that supports our mission and impact in Solano County.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:
The Family Navigator, Help Me Grow (HMG), Call Center representative will have daily phone interaction with parents, Pediatricians and medical staff while assisting clients with navigating community systems, data entry, documenting and making follow up calls and completing the referral process. This person will serve as a lead community service connections for the SFCS staff, plan/host HMG “Get Connected” meetings and assist with the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the HMG program.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with a variety of responsibilities including Microsoft products, excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, as well as customer service and listening skills.
• At least 12 Core Units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a BA or AA degree in Child Dev/ECE PREFERRED
• Minimum one years’ experience working with families, in a social service agency, call center, or similar community resource service PREFERRED
• Ability to ask inquiring questions, identify and understand concerns, and identify appropriate referral process
• Must possess a professional and friendly attitude to quickly develop a rapport with clients.

WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Drug screen and background check required after offer of position. Full job description is available on our website or request via email at kparkham@solanofamily.org. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type:
Full-Time
Days:
Monday – Friday (Occ Weekends)
Hours:
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Occ Evenings)
Open To:
Internal & External
Department:
Resource & Referrals
Reports to:
R&R Manager
Management:
No
Position Status:
Non-Exempt
Salary:
$22.35 Hourly
Benefits:
• Medical • Dental • Vision • 403(b) • Aflac
• Life/ADD • LTD
• FSA
Date Updated:
6/2/2022

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Monday, June 27, 2022

How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli


When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out. 

Lesson by Mia Nacamulli, animation by Private Island.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Friday, June 24, 2022

Family Navigator SFCS/HMG #87


Do you have a desire to assistance families with young children by connecting them to Solano County programs and services? Do you have an outgoing, energetic, and positive personality? This may be the position you’ve been waiting for.

WHO WE ARE:
Solano Family & Children’s Services (SFCS) promotes and advocates for the well-being of children, their families and child care providers, by offering access to a variety of child care resources. We hire individuals who have a strong work ethic and are looking for a career that supports our mission and impact in Solano County.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:
The SFCS Family Navigator representative will have daily phone and in-person interaction with SFCS Family Services Specialists and Subsidized Child Care parents, while assisting clients with child care referrals, connections to community services, data entry, documenting, and making follow up calls. This person will serve as a liaison between the Child Care Subsidy Program and R&R/Help Me Grow. The Navigator will assist with the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to subsidy child care referrals, and the HMG program.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with a variety of responsibilities including Microsoft products, excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, as well as customer service and listening skills.
• At least 12 Core Units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a BA or AA degree in Child Dev/ECE PREFERRED.
• Minimum one year experience working with families, in the Subsidized Child Care Program, in a social service agency, call center, or similar community resource service PREFERRED
• Ability to ask inquiring questions, identify and understand concerns, and determine appropriate referrals.
• Must possess a professional and friendly attitude to quickly develop a rapport with clients.

WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Drug screen and background check required after offer of position. Full job description is available on our website or request via email at kparkham@solanofamily.org. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type:
Full-Time
Days:
Monday – Friday (Occ Weekends)
Hours:
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Occ Evenings)
Open To:
Internal & External
Department:
Resource & Referral
Reports to:
R&R Manager
Management:
No
Position Status:
Non-Exempt
Salary:
$22.35 Hourly
Benefits:
• Medical • Dental • Vision • 403(b) • Aflac
• Life/ADD • LTD
• FSA
Date Updated:
6/2/2022

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Why K-12 Teachers and Their Students Need Investments in Child Care


To meet the caregiving needs of the K-12 educator workforce and the developmental needs of the youngest students, the United States needs sustained, significant federal investments in the accessibility and affordability of high-quality child care.

Child care has become increasingly unaffordable for all families in the United States. Teachers face particular caregiving challenges—something that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief. Virtual learning and quarantine protocols, while necessary to keep students and staff safe, have forced many teachers to simultaneously teach students from home and care for their own young children. At a time of heightened teacher shortages and low teacher wages, educators caring for their own young children need access to affordable child care. High-quality child care also has substantial and numerous benefits for child development, which helps students come to school ready to learn, allowing teachers to focus on delivering engaging instruction. To meet the caregiving needs of the K-12 educator workforce and the developmental needs of the youngest students, the United States needs sustained, significant federal investments in the accessibility and affordability of high-quality child care.

Read more, here.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Saturday, June 18, 2022

What causes cavities? - Mel Rosenberg


When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can we avoid them? Mel Rosenberg takes us inside our teeth to find out. 

Lesson by Mel Rosenberg, animation by Andrew Foerster.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950