Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Self-Care with Rosita and Ricardo | #ComingTogether


Military families can also feel the impact of racism. Rosita and Ricardo explain how sometimes self-care can be the first step toward racial justice when handling big emotions.

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

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Nutrition Nuggets : Identifying Gluten Free Foods in the CACFP

What is Gluten? In the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), gluten is a protein found in some grains such as wheat, barley, rye and malt. Children with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance cannot eat foods containing gluten. Gluten causes damage to the lining of the small intestine in individuals with celiac disease. Here are three tips on identifying gluten free foods:

  • Check the ingredient statement. Avoid foods that contain wheat, rye, barley and malt. Other gluten containing ingredients to look for include durum, graham flour, hydrolyzed wheat protein, modified wheat starch, semolina and malt extract or syrup, among others. Quick tip: Ingredients can change over time so check the label for gluten containing ingredients every time you buy a product. You can also contact the manufacturer to confirm.
  • Look for foods labeled as gluten free. Only foods that meet the Food & Drug Administration’s definition for gluten free can be labeled as gluten free. Quick tip: Wheat free does not mean gluten free.
  • Know which foods commonly contain gluten. Many common foods such as breads, breaded meats, cakes, cereals, cookies, crackers, pasta and pizza often contain gluten. Other foods that may contain gluten but are not as obvious include taco seasoning, soy sauce, salad dressing or even hot dogs and deli meats. That’s why it is so important to check the ingredients!

Are there whole grains that are also gluten free? Serving at least one of the grain requirements as whole grain rich is still doable for a gluten free diet! Whole grains that do not naturally contain gluten include whole grain rich corn, brown rice, some oats and other grains that are less commonly eaten like sorghum, teff and quinoa. Foods that are generally gluten free are:

  • Plain beef, pork, lamb and turkey
  • Plain fish and shellfish
  • Plain fruits and Vegetables
  • Plain beans
  • Some yogurts
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Nuts and seeds

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Using Observation to Guide Your Teaching

Observation is at the heart of early childhood assessment and is a key guide in how teachers support children. It includes gathering, recording, and reflecting on information about children’s progress. Quality observations communicate each child’s individuality and context: because every child has strengths, interests, and experiences connected to their unique home and community contexts, it makes sense that observations and other assessments should provide a comprehensive view of who each child is, what they know, and what they can do.

Effective teachers intentionally watch and listen to children—whether during a daily routine or a planned activity, on a particular day, and over time. Sometimes, we can tell a teacher is observing by what they say. 

During our visits, we often hear a teacher share things like

  •  “Jamal is starting to recognize the letters in his name. Today he pointed to an A in a book and said, ‘That’s MY letter.’”
  •  “Marisu has incredible balance. Did you see how long she stood on one foot today?!”
  •  “Jacintha made up another song while she was in the dramatic play center today. She comes up with the most wonderful melodies.”

Other times, we can tell a teacher is observing by their documentation. Teachers use anecdotal records, audio and video recordings, checklists and rating scales, and other means to document children’s learning and growth. Documentation can be reviewed, reflected on, and used to make decisions, including the next steps in planning for a group and for individual children.

Read more, here.

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



Sunday, November 27, 2022

Chef Lily’s Tip: Lime It Up!


Watch Chef Lily’s video learn to experiment with combining familiar tastes with unfamiliar ones.

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

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Reimbursement for CPR/First Aid Classes -

 
Have you taken, or plan to take CPR or First Aid between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023?
 
Providers who take CPR and First Aid typically pay about $100 for the combination of both. Our current reimbursement funding allows us to reimburse you for up to $60 for that! Plus, we can reimburse family child care providers for up to two people and up to three people for child care centers.
 
Here are the guidelines you will need to follow to receive this reimbursement:
  • The training you receive must be EMSA approved, (approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority). This is the agency which approves health and safety training for child care providers. For a list of EMSA approved trainers and the counties they serve, follow this link: EMSA Approved Trainers 
  • The training may also be taken through The American Heart Association, "Heart Saver Pediatric CPR AED & First Aid," or
  • American Red Cross, "California Child Care Pediatric First Aid and CPR."
All training needs to be taken in person.
Online courses cannot be reimbursed.
 
Once completed, follow this link for the application. Complete the application, and return it, along with the required documents, to our office. The reimbursement will be directly deposited into your account.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

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



Friday, November 18, 2022

Elmo Isn't Sleepy


Elmo’s getting ready for bed with his dad, Louie. He’s finished his usual routine (taking a bath, putting on pajamas, and brushing his teeth). Finally, it’s time for their bedtime lullaby. But Elmo isn’t sleepy! 

Sesame Street in Communities brings free video content of everyone's favorite, furry Muppet friends as they help children and the adults in their lives reach their highest potential. Grover and the gang will tackle a variety of topics that face children in the areas of health and well-being, school readiness, and emotional well-being. Some of the content and topics presented are more sensitive, so you should preview these videos before sharing with a child.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

A survey of kids’ well-being and roadmap for the future

The 2022 California Children’s Report Card, the latest edition of the state’s most comprehensive report on children’s health, education, and well-being. This year’s Report Card grades California on 32 key children’s issues, from prenatal to age 26, and includes data related to the impact of the COVID pandemic on California kids.

The 2022 Report Card highlights some good news: key areas of improvement in the state’s ability to meet the needs of California’s children with increased funding and policy advances. For example, state leaders earned an A- for Preschool & Transitional Kindergarten, due in part to a historic down payment towards adding an extra grade for all 4-year-olds by 2025, and an A- for health coverage, thanks to California’s national leadership in ensuring insurance for all children, including undocumented kids.

However, there are far too many low grades in the Report Card this year, including in behavioral health (D+), health care accountability (D-), child care (D+), adults on campus (D), unaccompanied homeless youth (D+), and supports for students in foster care (D), among others. As we approach the third year of the pandemic, we’re seeing the disproportionate impact it is having on kids, particularly children of color, children growing up in poverty, and children in foster care – many of whom have lost their caregivers, endured months of isolation, and been deprived of basic education and health resources – and the grades in the Report Card reflect this unacceptable situation.

While these low grades are disappointing, we know that California has the ability to improve outcomes for kids when the State puts them first. We’ve seen it before, and the few high grades in the latest Report Card demonstrate that we can do it again. But we need to be consistent. Now is the time for state leaders to take the bold, long-term steps needed to ensure that every child in California has access to the full range of quality supports that they need to grow up healthy, educated, safe, and prepared for the future.

Read more, here.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Job Announcement : Resource & Referral Specialist I Bilingual Spanish

Do you have a desire to assist families and child care facilities in Solano County with their
child care needs by providing resources, technical assistance, and information on child care
related topics? If you think you would enjoy assisting with the development and
presentation of workshops and training series for the community, this might be the
opportunity you have been waiting for.

WHO WE ARE:
Solano Family & Children’s Services creates connections for families and child care
providers to support the healthy development of children for a thriving community.
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 Resource & Referral Specialist I will consult with families to determine child care needs
and provide education regarding quality child care, community resources and child care
referrals. This person will also support the Resource & Referral Program staff in the
development and presentation of workshops and training series for the community, as well
as maintain and develop the SFCS community Lending Library services.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with strong written and verbal communication
skills, excellent customer services skills and be familiar with Microsoft Office products.
• At least 12 Core Units of Early Childhood Education/Child Development required
• Minimum one year of experience in child care, preschool, or related field
• One year office experience preferred
• Experience in using a computer database program, internet experience, or
equivalent combination of related education and experience
• Strong communication (written/verbal) & organizational skills
• Multi-task oriented
• Excellent customer service skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Office products
• Ability to attend off-site and evening/weekend trainings, meetings, workshops, etc.
• Ability to lift at least 25 pounds

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

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Staying Healthy


Routines are key to keeping healthy. Brushing teeth, washing hands, eating well, and exercising every day help everyone grow and thrive. “Every so often” routines, such as doctor and dentist checkups, ensure that families have the support, information, and care they need to help kids stay well!

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

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Job Announcement : Provider Services Specialist I

If you have a desire to serve the community by assisting with reimbursements for services to subsidized families, have caseload management experience, would enjoy educating child care providers on policies and procedures for participation on the Child Care Subsidy Program, and have strong accounting skills this may be the position you have 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 Provider Services Specialist is responsible for processing provider reimbursements for services rendered to the Subsidy Program as well as educating participating child care providers on the program policies and regulations. They are also responsible for determining initial and continuing eligibility for participation, generating required program documents, facilitating provider orientations, and maintaining provider files.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with a variety of responsibilities including experience providing good customer service as well as having at least two years office experience including working with computers.
• Excellent math skills
• Strong accounting experience
• Organizational skills
• Good customer service

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

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

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Job Announcement : Family Navigator I

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 at www.solanofamily.org or request via email at
kparkham@solanofamily.org. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

Monday, October 31, 2022

Monster Morning


Watch the video with children and talk about Rosita and Rosa’s healthy morning routine. (Rosita is five years old, so the video shows some of the ways to integrate healthy routines for this age, though they can be adapted for younger or older children.)

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

Friday, October 28, 2022

Job Announcement : Facilities Assistant

Are you an independent individual who can carry out day-to-day janitorial and general office maintenance? Would you enjoy assisting the Facilities Coordinator in maintaining the facility, office equipment, ordering supplies and equipment, as well as assisting staff with safety needs? This may be the position you have been waiting for.


WHO WE ARE:
Solano Family & Children’s Services creates connections for families and child care providers to support the healthy development of children for a thriving community. 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 Facilities Assistant will assist the Facilities Coordinator with the maintenance of the facility and trouble shoot general office equipment. The Facilities Assistant will be responsible for general janitorial and sanitizing tasks.


OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with a variety of disciplines including janitorial supplies and practices, mechanical knowledge, office equipment uses and troubleshooting, safety knowledge, and the ability to work on numerous projects simultaneously.

• Ability to multitask and to complete assigned projects timely & efficiently
• Assist assembling and moving office furniture.
• Assist with ordering, tracking and inventory of fixed assets, equipment, and
supplies.
• Must have strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
• Familiar with and ability to use computers.
• Exhibit polite and professional communication via phone, e-mail, and mail.
• Ability to prioritize assigned tasks, manage time, meet deadlines, work well under
pressure, and work well with other agencies and community partners.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds, climb ladders, bend, and kneel while job duties.
• Must be proactive, self-motivated, and have the ability to follow directions

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

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Job Announcement : Data Specialist

Are you an experienced data professional with a desire to analyze, collect, sort, and create testable electronic data? Do you enjoy compiling data and creating reports? Are you able to present your findings in a professional, yet easy to understand manner? This may be the position you’ve been waiting for.


WHO WE ARE:
Solano Family & Children’s Services creates connections for families and child care providers to support the healthy development of children for a thriving community. 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 Data Specialist is responsible for data collection, cleaning, analyses, and reporting to inform decision making, planning, and continuous improvement.


OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
Our ideal candidate should be proficient with a variety of responsibilities including data analyses procedures; acquiring and compiling data from appropriate resources – verifying its quality, accuracy, and reasonableness; checking source data to verify completeness and accuracy; performing analysis of data; as well as translating and presenting the data.

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience
• At least three years statistical and/or data analytics experience
• Non-profit experience a plus
• Prepare and submit various reports
• Communicate issues and provide regular feedback
• Regular attendance and schedule adherence


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

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

Saturday, October 22, 2022

The Art of Active Listening | The Harvard Business Review Guide


You might think you’re a good listener, but common behaviors like nodding and saying “mm-hmm” can actually leave the speaker feeling unheard or dismissed. The truth is that mastering the art of listening involves a whole host of other skills as well. You need to do more.

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

You can never do too much to make sure your child is safe

TrustLine is California’s official and most comprehensive background check for in-home caregivers (babysitters and nannies). Since these child care providers don’t need to be licensed, it’s important to make sure you’re placing your child with someone you can trust.

TrustLine is the only authorized screening program of license-exempt caregivers in the state, and has access to fingerprint records at the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the California Child Abuse Central Index.

Contact TrustLine

You can check if someone has passed the criminal history background check and is registered with TrustLine by calling: 1-800-822-8490

TrustLine is administered by the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Department of Social Services, and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Read more, here.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2022

What Quality Means to California Child Care Providers and Families


When I ponder my early childhood, I remember the love and safety I felt in my grandmother’s arms, a woman who also cared for other children. She owned her own family child care business, but she retired when I was a toddler. However, she continued caring for my oldest childhood friend, a little white girl whose mom needed to go back to work as a teacher. Her mom convinced my grandmother to again care for a young child when her sister was born 7 years later. Her mom trusted no one else to care for her infant child. Had they been asked at the time, my mom and my friend’s mom would have agreed that my grandmother’s care was high quality. But was it?

My grandmother had no formal education beyond high school. Her qualifications were that she raised three children, and like most women of her time, gladly watched other children when their families needed help. Nonetheless, her lack of education alone would limit her quality rating in the Quality Rating Improvement System, established some 30 years ago. Mostly driven, designed and influenced by highly educated white women, QRIS resulted in tools and a system that uplifted a eurocentric view of care, while diminishing the expertise and value of care that Black women had provided for centuries-first as enslaved caregivers, then domestic workers, and now as child care program owners, directors, teachers and assistants. If we were to depend on the traditional QRIS alone, most of us received our early care and education in low quality settings. While I think our families would disagree, QRIS takes into account few aspects families would use to define quality care. This results in the care mostly provided by Black, Indigenous, immigrant, multi-lingual and other women of color, and by default, home based care, being characterized as lacking quality.

QRIS, though good in its intentions, has caused much harm since its inception, driving many talented and skilled caregivers from the profession. Because the majority of care in the U.S. is provided by BIPOC women, the workforce is severely underpaid and undervalued. In turn, families have fewer options for child care that affirm their home language, culture, food, or even just their work schedules. When families chose my grandmother as their caregiver for their children, it was because she was warm and caring, provided homemade food, and provided care right in the neighborhood when they needed it most. If I’ve learned anything over the past few years, and especially being able to talk with these parents and child care providers, quality is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Read more, here.

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

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Making Leftovers Last: The Alicea-Eiras Family


Watch the video together with children. Notice with Lily how the family plans and then “stretches” their groceries to make many different meals over the course of the week.

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

Website

Monday, October 10, 2022

Managing Asthma

Millions of children have asthma…and they still lead healthy, active lives. By following a plan, you can help control kids’ asthma and prevent attacks. Knowing the facts and being prepared will help keep kids healthy—and allow everyone to breathe a little easier.

Learn more, here.

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

Friday, October 7, 2022

Learning Through Art

Creating art gives children an opportunity to express themselves. Art can help bring science, math, and literacy concepts to life, and help kids develop important self-regulation skills. Fostering an appreciation of art and teaching basics can help kids succeed in school…and in life! Below you’ll find games, activities, and videos to help teach children that when they make art, they’re learning, having fun, and bringing joy to others!

Learn more, here.

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Healthy Food Can Be Fun: The Tran Family


Watch the video together with children. As you notice how Micah, his friend Lana, and his mom Katie show Lily how they work together to make food fun and plan meals ahead, think about which ideas you might like to try.

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

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Looking for a Way to Help?

Looking for a way to support us and families? 

Donate, here. Nothing goes unnoticed, THANK YOU.

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

What does your child drink in child care?

For 1 year olds:
• Breastmilk you provide and/or
unflavored whole milk.
• We offer and make water
available throughout the day.

For 2 year olds:
• Breastmilk you provide,
unflavored low-fat (1%) milk,
and/or unflavored fat-free
(skim) milk.
• We offer and make water
available throughout the day

Did you know?
Two year olds need less saturated fat in their diets than 1 year olds. Switching from whole milk to low-fat (1%) milk or fat-free (skim) milk can help cut down on some of the saturated fat they consume. Help your child get used to low-fat or fat-free milk when they turn 2 years old by gradually increasing the amount of low-fat or fat-free milk in their cup.

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

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Responsible parenting: Create memories, not expectations | Austeja Lands...


We all are familiar with expectations. Expectations laid on us once to succeed in life. And without noticing we transfer all these expectations on our children. But do high expectations help our children to succeed in life?

Austeja Landsbergiene, Ph.D., CEO and founder of a private chain of pre-schools in Latvia and Lithuania is an educator and visionary who thinks that the most important thing that parents have to give their children is unconditional love and childhood memories filled with parent kindness. Austeja is confident that by creating memories, not expectations kids can flourish in their lives.

Austeja Landsbergiene has been awarded by the President of Lithuania and the King of Sweden a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the enhancement of Lithuania’s education system through implementing new concept of teaching and for being an inspiring role-model, showing of how passion and knowledge can be turned into a successful business.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Foods We Offer in Child Care

Our child care site participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. We meet nutrition standards through this program and offer meals and snacks that help your toddler get the nutrients he or she needs for growth and development. Check out the types and amounts of foods we offer throughout the day.

What is in a Breakfast?

• Milk (4 fl oz or ½ cup)
• Vegetables, Fruit, or Both (¼ cup)
• Grains (½ oz eq)
• Sometimes we serve a meat/meat
alternate (such as eggs, yogurt, or other
foods) in place of the grains at breakfast.

What is in a Lunch or Supper?

Milk (4 fl oz or ½ cup)
• Meats/Meat Alternates (1 oz eq)
• Vegetables (⅛ cup)
• Fruit (⅛ cup)
• Grains (½ oz eq)

What is in a Snack? We Pick 2:

• Milk (4 fl oz or ½ cup)
• Meats/Meat Alternates (½ oz eq)
• Vegetables (½ cup)
• Fruit (½ cup)
• Grains (½ oz eq)

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

Monday, September 19, 2022

Parent Financial Help

The Subsidized Child Care Program may be able to help you pay for child care. We administer early learning and care programs that help low-income families and at-risk children who meet at least one of several Need and Eligibility criteria. The goal of these programs is to promote the health, growth, education, and care of children while their parents work, look for work, go to school, etc.

Parental Choice

SFCS does not provide direct child care.  Care must be done by eligible Child Care Centers, Licensed Child Care Homes, or License-Exempt/TrustLined Providers. It is up to parents to choose the child care provider who will best meet their needs.  Full or partial reimbursements for care are made directly to the provider.

Age Eligibility

Children are eligible for services through 12 years of age. Children with special needs may be eligible through 21 years of age.

Program Eligibility

Our staff will help you determine which program you may be eligible for.

Each program has strict eligibility guidelines, and all families must qualify under those guidelines to receive services.

CalWORKs Child Care Program

The CalWORKs program serves current and former CalWORKs Cash Aid Recipients.

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

Friday, September 16, 2022

How To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children | Lael Stone | TEDxDocklands


How did your parents respond to you as a child when you were upset?
Can you see the impact of their imprints in your life as an adult?
What is the magic ingredient when raising an emotionally intelligent child?

This talk explores all these questions along with how the lack of emotional literacy in our culture has significant power when it comes to the way we parent. It explores how compassion, empathy and mindfulness have a place in raising children – as well as in our education system. If connection, listening, and heart were at the center of every relationship, how different could our world be?

Working with thousands of families for over 16 years as an educator and counselor, Lael has seen the impact that trauma and disconnection have on a family. As an Aware Parenting Instructor, she facilitates workshops and support groups that empower parents to create connections and stronger relationships with their children. She is also the co-creator and Director of Woodline Primary School which is due to open in 2021 – a school based on emotional wellbeing and connection, set on a magnificent 20-acre farm in the Geelong hinterland in Victoria, Australia.

Lael co-hosts The Aware Parenting Podcast, is a regular contributor to several online publications and is a sought-after public speaker who talks candidly about her experiences and her great passion; helping to create wellness in families through connection and communication.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

So what exactly is quality child care?

Quality is defined as a degree of excellence. This means not average, not “it will do” child care, but excellent child care. Bottom line, you need to feel that the child care provider you select will offer a safe and stimulating, loving environment in which your child will mentally and physically thrive.  While no one can replace you, quality child care will offer your child a stimulating, nurturing environment which should help prepare your little one for school and to reach his or her full potential.

We have prepared this Choosing Quality Child Care guide to help you evaluate and select a program that will best suit your child’s and family’s needs.

Quick points to look for in your search:

  • A well-trained, consistent caregiver.
  • A setting that keeps your child safe and healthy.
  • An environment that enhances your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and social growth.
  • FREE Referrals to Local Resources

We provide free referrals to other local resources such as employment, housing, health care, community, and parenting programs through our Help Me Grow Program.  All services are free and confidential. Our trained Family Navigators will listen and follow your family's lead. We support your parenting journey in building a stronger early learning foundation for your child.

Want to know how well your child is developing? Ask us about a Developmental Screening for your child!

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.  We provide information on various types of care and help you understand the options available in your community as well as how to look for quality care.

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

Saturday, September 10, 2022

FINDING QUALITY CHILD CARE

Solano Family & Children’s Services offers FREE child care referrals (not recommendations).  We maintain a database of licensed child care providers in Solano County and will personalize a search for you based on your needs and requirements by asking you some questions that will help narrow down your search.

Searching for a child care provider can be overwhelming.  Sometimes additional services and information is needed.  Our Resource and Referral Team can help by answering your questions.  We can also provide one-on-one support for families with high-priority needs, such as finding a program for a child with special needs, an infant or toddler, a child entering foster care, or for children of essential workers.

Our Resource & Referral team is available Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Tues 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.  We provide information on various types of care and help you understand the options available in your community as well as how to look for quality care.

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Skills Every Child Will Need to Succeed in 21st century | Dr. Laura A. J...


Is the current education system sufficient to make kids succeed in 21st century? Dr. Laura believes otherwise. Her talk will ensure that you and your kids are prepared to succeed in 21 century. 
 Laura A. Jana, MD is world's leading pediatrician, media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and award-winning author. With more than 20 years of experience in pediatrics, parenting, early education, public health and media/communications, she most recently served as Director of Innovation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has a faculty appointment at Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center.

In addition to her acclaimed 'Heading Home With Your Newborn', 'Food Fights', and three children’s books, her most recent books – 'The Toddler Brain' and 'Jumping Into Kindergarten' – both focus on the 21st century skills needed to succeed in today’s world, and how they can best be fostered during the foundational first five years of life.

To everyone seeking the best possible environment for their child's brain development, Dr. Laura Jana's insights have been nothing short of life-changing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Solano Family and Childrens Services

  • Free child care referrals for families seeking quality child care.
  • Parent education and resources to help families make the best child care choices.
  • Assistance for income eligible families with child care costs.
  • Child care provider training and development to help them build sustainable businesses and provide quality, healthy and age-appropriate care.
  • Child health, development, nutrition and safety education.
  • Meal reimbursement program for child care providers serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.
  • Public education and advocacy for families and children at the local, state and national level.
  • Our agency also collects data on child care demand and capacity to help in planning for local child care needs.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2022

STEPS TO BECOMING A LICENSED FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDER

  • Attend a Licensing Orientation
  • Register for the orientation with Community Care Licensing at either the Rohnert Park office (residents of Benicia, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun, and Vallejo) or the Chico office (residents of Dixon and Vacaville)
  • Call Rohnert Park office (707) 588-5026 or Chico office (530) 895-5033
  • Send $25 per person attending to the respective office:
  • Due to COVID 19 restrictions, orientations are currently only available online. See below.
You can also complete the orientation online for $25, plus a processing fee of $2.43 (for a total of $27.43) at www.ccld.ca.gov

Complete Health & Safety Trainings:
Additional Required Documents:
  • All adults in the home over the age of 18 must provide proof of a current clear tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Applicant’s and assistants’ proof of immunization against influenza, pertussis and measles
Mail Application with These Documents to the appropriate office:
(The application can be downloaded from www.ccld.ca.gov website or purchased from us for $2.00)
  • Copy of the orientation certificate
  • Copies of Health & Safety trainings cards/certificates, Mandated Child Abuse Reporting certificate
  • TB tests of all adults living in the home
  • Proof of immunizations for those who will work directly with the children
  • Check or money order for $73 for small family child care or $140 for a large family child care
After You Have Submitted Your Application:
  • Community Care Licensing will send you a confirmation letter with your facility number
  • Use this number on the Livescan Form (LIC 9163 found online at www.ccld.ca.gov) for each adult in the home for fingerprinting & background check After DSS/CCL receives all clearances, you will receive a call from a licensing program analyst to schedule a time for a home inspection
  • Prepare your home for your visit from DSS/CCL
LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Monday, August 29, 2022

Quality Child Care Checklist


Learn what to look for when choosing a quality early learning program for your infant, toddler or preschooler.

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

Friday, August 26, 2022

Employment Opportunities

To apply to any of our positions please submit the following via Email, Fax or Mail:

Required:

Optional:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Submit your application via Email, Fax, or Mail.

Email: Kay Parkham, Human Resources Manager at KParkham@solanofamily.org

Fax: 707-863-9772

Mail To:
Solano Family & Children’s Services
Human Resources
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019

Solano Family & Children’s Services (SFCS) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. SFCS will not allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, veteran’s status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, or any other factor rendered unlawful by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, and transfers. In addition, SFCS prohibits the harassment of any individual.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Job Announcement : Resource & Referral Specialist I

Do you have a desire to assist families and child care facilities in Solano County with their
child care needs by providing resources, technical assistance, and information on child care
related topics? If you think you would enjoy assisting with the development and
presentation of workshops and training series for the community this might be the
opportunity you have 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 Resource & Referral Specialist I will consult with families to determine child care needs
and provide education regarding quality child care, community resources and child care
referrals. This person will also support the Resource & Referral Program staff in the
development and presentation of workshops and training series for the community, as well
as maintain and develop the SFCS community Lending Library services.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with strong written and verbal communication
skills, excellent customer services skills and be familiar with Microsoft Office products.
• At least 12 Core Units of Early Childhood Education/Child Development required
• One year office experience or equivalent training program required
• AA degree preferred
• Multi-task orientated
• Minimum one year center or home-based family child care experience or
experience working in a resource & referral program or similar community
resource service preferred
• Ability to attend off-site trainings, meetings, workshops, etc.
• Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
• CA Driver License and dependable auto with insurance coverage that is required by
law

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

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

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Solano Parent Orientation


Welcome to Solano Family and Children's Services!  The Subsidized Child Care Program is designed to provide full or partial reimbursement of child care services on behalf of eligible families.  The goal of this program is to assist & promote the health, growth, care, development, and education of children in Solano County by providing child care, while their parents continue their employment, education, or training.  We hope that the information contained in this video is helpful to you!

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Job Announcement : Provider Services Specialist I

If you have a desire to serve the community by assisting with reimbursements for
services to subsidized families, have caseload management experience, would
enjoy educating child care providers on policies and procedures for participation on
the Child Care Subsidy Program, and have strong accounting skills this may be the
position you have 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 Provider Services Specialist is responsible for processing provider reimbursements for
services rendered to the Subsidy Program as well as educating participating child care
providers on the program policies and regulations. They are also responsible for
determining initial and continuing eligibility for participation, generating required
program documents, facilitating provider orientations, and maintaining provider files.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate should be proficient with a variety of responsibilities including
experience providing good customer service as well as having at least two years
office experience including working with computers.
• Excellent math skills
• Strong accounting experience
• Organizational skills
• Good customer service

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

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

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Job Announcement : Family Services Specialist I


Are you interested in working in an environment that can make a positive impact in
your community by building relationships with families? This might 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 Services Specialist will determine initial and continuing parent eligibility
for subsidized child care services. This person will maintain a client caseload at full
capacity of a specific program or at 80 percent capacity when managing multiple
programs. This person will also be responsible for providing supportive services to
families in Solano County who are participating on the child care subsidy program.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate has strong communication, organization, customer service, and
critical thinking skills. This person must have knowledge and the ability to use
computers for client data, word processing and a calendar of events. This person
must be able to work as part of a team and be available to travel throughout
California to attend conferences, workshops, trainings, and community meetings.
• Two years’ experience in a position involving community or social service
work
• One year interviewing and caseload management experience
• Experience determining eligibility for a public assistance program preferred
• Or equivalent combination of education/experience

WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A drug screening and background check is required after an offer of the position. A
full job description is available on our website at www.solanofamily.org or you can
request one via email at kparkham@solanofamily.org. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Solano Provider Orientation


Welcome to Solano Family and Children's Services!  All providers must attend a Subsidy Provider Orientation at the SFCS office.  Providers must meet the provider requirements as stated in our handbook in order to receive reimbursements from us.  We hope that the information contained in this video is helpful to you!

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

Monday, August 8, 2022

FINDING QUALITY CHILD CARE


Solano Family & Children’s Services offers FREE child care referrals (not recommendations).  We maintain a database of licensed child care providers in Solano County and will personalize a search for you based on your needs and requirements by asking you some questions that will help narrow down your search.

Searching for a child care provider can be overwhelming.  Sometimes additional services and information is needed.  Our Resource and Referral Team can help by answering your questions.  We can also provide one-on-one support for families with high-priority needs, such as finding a program for a child with special needs, an infant or toddler, a child entering foster care, or for children of essential workers.

Our Resource & Referral team is available Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Tues 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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

Friday, August 5, 2022

Contact Us Today

We are here to support your child care needs and to connect you to community resources.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Job Announcement : Family Navigator


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 equivalent experience
in family services, parent advocacy, or social services work
• 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 at www.solanofamily.org or request via email at
kparkham@solanofamily.org. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Job Announcement : Administrative Assistant

Do you have a desire to work with an organization whose goal and passion is to
serve the community they represent? Are you an efficient independent multitasker
who enjoys working on a variety of activities and projects? 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 Administrative Assistant will provide advanced administrative support to the
Subsidy Program Managers and Supervisors. Collect, organize, and process data as
needed for tracking and reporting requirements. Generate reports both manually
and using a database. Assist in creating documents and forms used by the subsidy
program. Assist in processing program mailings. Document minutes for subsidy
department meetings.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The ideal candidate is an organized, independent multitasker with strong skills in
customer service, communication, organization, and multi-tasking who works well
under pressure.
• Two years office experience as administrative assistant, clerical assistant or
similar position.
• Proven record of the ablity to multitask and to complete assigned projects
timely, efficiently and idependently.
• High School diploma or G.E.D. OR equivalent combination of education and
experience.

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

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

Sunday, July 24, 2022

How to practice effectively...for just about anything - Annie Bosler and...


Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.

Lesson by Annie Bosler and Don Greene, animation by Martina Meštrović.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Solano Family and Children's Services

  • Free child care referrals for families seeking quality child care.
  • Parent education and resources to help families make the best child care choices.
  • Assistance for income eligible families with child care costs.
  • Child care provider training and development to help them build sustainable businesses and provide quality, healthy and age-appropriate care.
  • Child health, development, nutrition and safety education.
  • Meal reimbursement program for child care providers serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.
  • Public education and advocacy for families and children at the local, state and national level.
  • Our agency also collects data on child care demand and capacity to help in planning for local child care needs.

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