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

Monday, July 18, 2022

Job Announcement : Administrative Assistant, Subsidy Program

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


Friday, July 15, 2022

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? - Claudia Aguirre


In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep. 

Lesson by Claudia Aguirre, animation by TED-Ed.

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Contact Us


Solano Family and Children's Services
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019

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

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Employment Opportunities


Solano Family & Children’s Services is a rewarding place to work with flexible, family-friendly policies and a diverse workforce. We offer benefit plans with medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts for dependent care and health expenses; and a 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan where contributions are tax-deferred. New, full-time employees accrue ten days of vacation leave, ten days sick leave, and are given ten paid holidays per year.

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

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS


1.How Can I Provide Child Care Services for Subsidized Families?

- Licensed Family Child Care Providers – A person who has become licensed through the Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing (DSS/CCL) and cares for a child for part of the day for a fee.

R&R’s “Steps to Become a Licensed Family Child Care Provider”

- TrustLine Providers – A person unrelated to a child who has been cleared through the TrustLine Registry and cares for the child for part of the day for a fee.  
  • How to become a registered TrustLine Provider
- TrustLine Exempt Providers – An AUNT, UNCLE, or GRANDPARENT (through blood, marriage, or court decree) who takes care of a child for part of the day for a fee.

2.How Does the Subsidized Program Work?

- Watch the Monarch Instructional Video here

- Subsidized Program Handbook


4.Information Regarding Other Programs


- Resource & Referral

RESOURCE & REFERRAL PROGRAM
1. How To Become A Licensed Child Care Provider
  • Call Our Technical Assistance Line – Ext. 752
  • Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP)
  • Finding Approved Health and Safety Training
  • Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
  • SFCS Health and Safety Trainings
2.How to Sign Up for Our Referral Program

3.Lending Library
4.Workshops
  • Community Networking
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Business Practices
LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Parent Workshops


Child care providers have one of the most important jobs - the care and education of children during the most crucial early learning years. Solano Family and Children’s Services offers training and workshops which cover critical early childhood issues and contain relevant information. Through various activities, providers gain practical knowledge, which we hope will inspire improvement in the quality of care they offer to the families they serve.

Parents will also benefit greatly from any of our provider trainings they wish to attend or the parenting events we hold. In addition, we offer a monthly “Parent Café.” SFCS Parent Cafés are a FREE parent night with meaningful and guided conversations, where we share stories, get information on how to take care of ourselves and our families, and raise strong, happy children.

For an up-to-date listing of our workshops for providers and parents, please visit our Eventbrite site.

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

Thursday, June 9, 2022

How do vitamins work? - Ginnie Trinh Nguyen


Vitamins are the building blocks that keep our bodies running; they help build muscle and bone, capture energy, heal wounds and more. But if our body doesn’t create vitamins, how do they get into our system? Ginnie Trinh Nguyen describes what vitamins are, how they get into our bodies -- and why they are so crucial.

Lesson by Ginnie Trinh Nguyen, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

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

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Lending Library

The Lending Library at Solano Family & Children’s Services is FREE to anyone residing in
the community. Add some variety to your routine by implementing some of our
ready-to-use activities and materials! It’s easy to join, and available anytime during our
business hours. Items for loan include: books, videos, curriculum kits, and toddler
climbing structures. Members may check out items for up to two weeks at a time. To join
the Lending Library, simply come by our office to complete an application, or print it from
our website. Come check it out!

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

Friday, June 3, 2022

Reducing the Risk of Choking in Young Children at Mealtimes


Children under the age of 4 are at a high risk of choking while eating. Young children are still learning how to chew food properly, and they often swallow the food whole. Their small airways can become easily blocked. You can help reduce children’s risk of choking when eating by preparing food in certain ways, such as cutting food into small pieces and cooking hard food, like carrots, until it is soft enough to pierce with a fork. Remember, always supervise children during meals and snacks.

Teach Good Eating Habits
Sit and eat with children at meals and snacks. Remind children to take small bites of food
and swallow between bites. Eating together may help you quickly spot a child who might be
choking. Other tips to help prevent choking while eating include:
  • Only providing foods as part of meals and snacks served at a dining table or high chair. When serving infants, do not prop the bottle up on a pillow or other item for the baby to feed him or herself.
  • Allowing plenty of time for meals and snacks.
  • Making sure children are sitting upright while eating.
  • Reminding children to swallow their food before talking or laughing.
  • Modeling safe behavior for children to follow, including eating slowly, taking small bites, and chewing food completely before swallowing.
  • Encouraging older children to serve as role models for younger children as well. All childrenshould avoid playing games with food, as that may lead to an increased risk of choking.

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

I Thought You Were My Friend ... | Delphine Matta-Brown | TEDxYouth@DPL


Delphine delves into topics such as bullying and friendship in this heartfelt and powerful talk. Delphine will be speaking about her talk, titles, 'I thought that you were my friend' 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

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Food Allergy Substitutions


Finding food allergy substitutions for common allergies doesn't have to be hard. With the endless options in grocery stores, finding healthy and tasty food allergy substitutions for common food allergies has gotten a whole lot easier. Doing research will be very beneficial for your childcare if you are caring for someone with a food allergy. Here are some common food allergy alternatives:

Milk - Almond milk, Soy milk, Oat milk, Coconut milk beverage, Rice milk, Hemp milk, Cashew milk, Pea protein milk, Hazelnut milk. For our program, non dairy beverages must be nutritionally equivalent to milk and meet the nutritional standards for fortification of calcium, protein, vitamin A & D, and other nutrients to levels found in cow's milk. As of now, soy milk is the only one that qualifies.
Cheese - crumbled tofu, vegan cheese, cashew cheese, nutritional yeast, and miso.
Butter - canola oil, olive oil, applesauce, pumpkin puree, banana and avocado
Peanut/Tree Nut - almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, and coconuts.
Soy -  chickpea flour, tofu, soymilk, whole grains, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, chia seeds, nut butters, and spirulina/algae
Egg - chia eggs, flax eggs, aquafaba, mashed banana, unsweetened applesauce, and nut butter
Fish/Shellfish - tofu, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, grains and dairy

Read more, here.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Chili Mac


1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp potato starch
1/2 lb. rice penne
1 small onion, diced
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp fresh oregano
1 cup water or tomato sauce

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking. Meanwhile, heat oil in large heavy bottom skillet or Dutch oven over med/high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until translucent. Add meat, breaking into pieces. Brown meat stirring occasionally. Add spices and starch. Stir to blend evenly. Add water/stock/tomato sauce and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened. Add noodles, stir gently and heat to serving temperature.

This recipe is free of: milk, peanut, egg, soy, tree nut, gluten, wheat, fish, shellfish, and sesame.

Find more, here.

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

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Mindset of a Champion | Carson Byblow | TEDxYouth@AASSofia


 "The Mindset of a Champion" - Carson Byblow is a 5th grade student who goes to the Anglo American School of Sofia in Bulgaria. He was born in Belgrade, Serbia but is from Canada. Funny thing is he has never lived in Canada but have visited many times. Carson loves to play football, basketball and hangout with his friends and family. He speaks a little of Bulgarian and is fluent in English. He wrote his talk about growth and fixed mindsets because he has struggled with for his long life of ten years. 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

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Becoming a Provider


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.

Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing
Redwood Empire District Office
101 Golf Course Dr., Ste A-230
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing
Chico Regional Office
520 Cohasset Road, Ste. 170, MS 29-05
Chico, CA 95926

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, May 16, 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, May 13, 2022

Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TED


"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She's joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

May: Food Allergy Awareness Month


Food allergy is a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition affecting 32 million Americans. One in every 13 children has a food allergy, that's about 2 in every U.S. classroom. And every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Food allergy is among the diseases considered to be part of the Atopic March. Also known as the Allergic March, this term refers to the progression of allergic diseases in a person's life: eczema, food allergy, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Not everyone will follow this progression or experience every condition.

What Causes Food Allergies?
The job of the body's immune system is to identify and destroy germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that make you sick. A food allergy happens when your immune system overreacts to a harmless food protein, an allergen. The eight most common food allergies in the U.S. are:
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Peanut
  • Tree Nuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
Family history appears to play a role in whether someone develops a food allergy. If you have other kinds of allergic reactions, like eczema or hay fever, you have a greater risk of food allergy. This is also true of asthma. Food allergies are not the same as food intolerances, and food allergy symptoms overlap with symptoms of other medical conditions. It is therefore important to have your food allergy confirmed by an appropriate evaluation with an allergist. Food allergies are serious. Food allergy may occur in response to any food, and some people are allergic to more than one food. Food allergies may start in childhood or as an adult. All food allergies have one thing in common: They are potentially life threatening. Always take food allergies and the people who live with them seriously. Food allergy reactions can vary unpredictably from mild to severe. Mild food allergy reactions may involve only a few hives or minor abdominal pain, though some food allergy reactions progress to severe anaphylaxis with low blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

Currently, there is no cure for food allergies.

Read more, here.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2022

California Must Invest in Child Care for a Healthy Economy


by Denyne Micheletti Colburn, CEO of CAPPA

Since the start of the pandemic until now, California’s child care businesses and work force have been devastated. During the peaks of the COVID-19 crisis where certain workers were classified as “essential” and the governor routinely declared one Executive Order after another, while the cameras were rolling access to stable child care was noted as critical. 

Now that the cameras on this issue have all but stopped, so has the attention paid to child care. Solving California’s child care crisis is not only critical to families but is also critical to supporting a growing and thriving economy.

Unfortunately, the only time that child care is even referenced, is when there is discussion surrounding that some of it be provided within the public-school system. However, for working parents that have jobs requiring care before school starts, in the evening or on weekends, they simply are out of luck. Compounding the situation is the huge gift of monies to the schools to design and recruit new teachers to begin providing the care. 

Let’s contrast Governor’s Newsom’s gift to design and recruit for care provided through the schools versus his funding for child care for working families to access; care that not too long ago was critical during COVID.

For private child care businesses, essentially, they received little. Yes, new rates were implemented in January. However, let’s be honest. Those state reimbursement rates implemented were outdated before they were implemented. California’s child care field was just so hungry to even be noticed that immediately the new rates were welcomed until we actually saw the data. 

Even now, when California has a massive revenue surplus, there is avoidance of taking action to support longer term relief for working families such as elimination of family fees for the poorest of families and fair and equitable access to subsidized child care by all income eligible families. Unfortunately, this governor has decided that there is no room in his $40 billion plus surplus to eliminate family fees and establish a fair access for families because it may cost roughly $140 million initially. Seriously? 

Seriously!

For child care businesses that are roughly comprised of over 80 percent small business owners, California unfortunately continues to experience an exodus of these businesses. The problem every one of us see daily in our communities of Help Wanted posted everywhere will worsen. Parents cannot go to work without child care. And child care businesses cannot continue to stay viable if their funding and rates are not adequate to cover the cost of providing care.

California is headed for a child care cliff. Let’s hope that our governor and legislature correct this coarse before it is too late and child care businesses are shuttered, parents are unable to access care and unemployed and California’s economy is put into a tailspin.

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

16 CREATIVE DRAWING HACKS FOR KIDS


UNUSUAL DRAWING IDEAS

Drawing and painting are for everyone! It's very easy to learn how to draw mesmerizing pictures and surprise all your friends with your talent. Drawing is very beneficial – it helps to calm down and concentrate, and it also works well for developing fine motor skills. You can develop many skills by drawing – for example, check out what we prepared for you at the end of the video.

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

Sunday, May 1, 2022

SOLANO FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICES COMMUNITY SURVEY



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

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Our Impact & Mission

Solano Family and Children’s Services (SFCS) is an organization dedicated to enriching children’s lives through support and services to families and child care providers.

The services and support we offer include:

  • 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.

SFCS operates on a non-discriminatory basis, giving equal access to services without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, age, religion, mental or physical disability, or on the basis of a person’s association with person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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

Friday, April 22, 2022

What is Childcare?

Child care, otherwise known as day care, is the care and supervision of a child or multiple children at a time, whose ages range from two weeks to eighteen years. Child care is a broad topic that covers a wide spectrum of professionals, institutions, contexts, activities, and social and cultural conventions. Early child care is an equally important and often overlooked component of child development.

Care facilitated by similar-aged children covers a variety of developmental and psychological effects in both caregivers and charge. This is due to their mental development being in a particular case of not being able to progress as it should be at their age. This care giving role may also be taken on by the child's extended family. Another form of childcare that is on the rise in contrast to familial caregiving is that of center-based child care. In lieu of familial care giving, these responsibilities may be given to paid caretakers, orphanages or foster homes to provide care, housing, and schooling.

Professional caregivers work within the context of a center-based care (including crèches, daycare, preschools and schools) or a home-based care (nannies or family daycare). The majority of child care institutions available require child care providers to have extensive training in first aid and be CPR certified. In addition, background checks, drug testing at all centers, and reference verification are normally a requirement. Child care can consist of advanced learning environments that include early childhood education or elementary education. "The objective of the program of daily activities should be to foster incremental developmental progress in a healthy and safe environment and should be flexible to capture the interests of the children and the individual abilities of the children." In many cases the appropriate child care provider is a teacher or person with educational background in child development, which requires a more focused training aside from the common core skills typical of a child caregiver.

As well as these licensed options, parents may also choose to find their own caregiver or arrange childcare exchanges/swaps with another family.

Read more, here.

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

Tuesday, April 19, 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.
LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Happy Easter From Solano Family and Children's Services

 



Solano Family and Children’s Services (SFCS) is an organization dedicated to enriching children’s lives through support and services to families and child care providers.

SFCS operates on a non-discriminatory basis, giving equal access to services without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, age, religion, mental or physical disability, or on the basis of a person’s association with person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Employment Opportunities

Solano Family & Children’s Services is a rewarding place to work with flexible, family-friendly policies and a diverse workforce. We offer benefit plans with medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts for dependent care and health expenses; and a 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan where contributions are tax-deferred. New, full-time employees accrue ten days of vacation leave, ten days sick leave, and are given ten paid holidays per year.

We currently have openings for the following:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Development Screener
  • Communications Specialist
Visit our website for details and application process.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Funny Bunny Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup instant oats  
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and vanilla 
  • 2/3 of a small banana
  • Chocolate syrup (healthier option: honey)
  • 3/4 cup fat free milk 
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 of a small strawberry

Instructions:

In a microwave safe bowl, stir together oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute and stir. Cut banana in half. From one half, cut two thick coin slices and place them in the upper third of the oatmeal bowl, side by side, to make the eyes. Top each with one blueberry. Slice the other half lengthwise and place to create the ears. Use the strawberry to make the nose, and then drizzle chocolate, if desired, to make a mouth and whisk.

Article Source: CarolinaCountry

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Grow an Easter Egg Science Experiment

This Easter science experiment allows kids to grow their own crystals that will actually decorate a pretty egg. This activity is fun for parents, teacher, and homeschoolers alike! Making crystals with borax is super duper easy! It only takes a couple simple materials and 1 day to grow your own crystals! This fun project is simple so kids can enjoy the wonder of exploring and trying new things. In this fun Easter activity you will combine science, engineering, and art for a truly educational and fun learning activity!  WARNING: These crystalized eggs are not edible. 

Materials:

  • pipe cleaners in assorted colors (yellow, blue, green, pink, etc.)
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 9 Tablespoons Borax (found with laundry detergent)
  • large jar
  • string
  • popsicle stick
  • yarn to hang the pipe cleaners

Instructions: 

The first step is to form an egg shape out of your pipe cleaners. Make as many as you like, just remember they each need a jar to soak in to create crystals. If you put two to a jar the crystals will end up joining the two eggs together. Now cut some pipe cleaners in half and use them to create the accents to decorate your egg. You may make them wavy, zig zag, straight, or wiggly. Just loop the small pipe cleaner around the side of the egg to hold in place. Now boil 3 cups of water in the microwave or in a saucepan.  Carefully mix in 9 Tablespoons of Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle) and stir until dissolved.  Pour the hot mixture into a jar that is large enough to fit the egg pipe cleaner. Carefully lower the pipe cleaner rainbow into the solution so it is hanging in the solution but, is not touching sides or bottom using a string attached to the top of the egg. The borax and water solution must cover the entire egg craft. Now wrap end around a craft stick and set on top of the jar to hold in place. Resist the urge to check on or touch the jar for 24 hours. Now carefully pull out the beautifully decorated Easter eggs. Can you see all the pretty borax crystals that have formed! Allow the egg to dry on top of the jar or on a cardboard box. Then hang and enjoy this pretty easter craft for kids. 

Article Source: 123 Homeschool 4 Me


Monday, April 4, 2022

Parent Cafe

Solano County parents, foster parents, grandparents, child care providers, aunts, uncles, teachers, etc.

About this event:

If you play a parent role to a child in your life then the Parent Café is the place for you.

Join us for an hour and a half of community, conversations, and engagement with fellow parents in Solano County. Topics change monthly and giveaways are available for Solano County Participants.

Date and time:

Thu, April 14, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

Location:

Online event

REGISTRATION - EVENTBRITE

Friday, April 1, 2022

Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider-Informational Meeting

Make a world of difference from your home

Solano County needs you! You can become a licensed family child care provider, and start your own business out of your home!

Who needs a license to care for children?

People who care for children from more than one family and who are not relatives of the child in care need to be licensed.

What does it mean to be a licensed family child care provider?

Join us during this free informational meeting, where we will answer your questions.

EVENTBRITE - Multiple dates available

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

TIC: Enhancing Caregiver Resiliency

This training is designed by the Resource & Referral Network and is tailored to the stress child care providers face on a daily basis. We will explore different types of stress and strategies on how to combat them.

Date and time

Tue, April 5, 2022
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
Free On-line event

EVENTBRITE

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Great News for Subsidized Child Care Providers!

Please read the attached notice regarding Supplemental Rate Payments you MAY qualify to receive. If you qualify for these payments, you should have already received an email from Child Care Providers United Supplemental Pay with instructions on how to claim your payment(s). CCPU has set up a Helpline for this purpose at  (916) 980-8998. Their representatives are available Mon - Fri; between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can also visit the FCCC’s Supplemental Rate Payments web page. On this page, you can review their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

In Summary:

  • Solano Family & Children’s Services WILL NOT be issuing these payments.
  • These payments WILL NOT be sent to qualified providers automatically.
  • Qualified providers must complete & submit paperwork in order to receive these supplemental payments.
  • Please do not call your worker at SFCS, as we do not have any more information than what is provided in this notice.

SFCS Management