Sunday, February 27, 2022

Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider-Informational Meeting Solano County

Solano County Needs You To Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

About this event

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 informational meeting, where we will answer your questions.

Any available training materials will be for Solano County Participants.

FREE On-line Event 

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Eat A Rainbow

When watching cooking shows, have you ever wondered why chefs say try and add some color to your dish? Well, it isn’t just because it’s visually pleasing to the eye. Different colors of fruits and vegetables provide different nutrients that help various parts of the body. We want to challenge our providers to include a different colored fruit or vegetable in at least one meal or snack each day for an entire week as well as teaching the children which benefits each color represents. The children can even help pick out what they would like the fruit or vegetable of the day to be. Here are some examples of different fruits and vegetables and their health benefits. 

Red - This color contains Lycopene. This helps with digestion and heart functions. Some red fruits and vegetables include but are not limited to apples, watermelon, red peppers, strawberries and tomatoes.  

Orange - This color contains Carotenoids. This helps with your eyes and immune system. Some orange fruits and vegetables include but are not limited to carrots, pumpkins, oranges and peaches. 

Yellow - This color contains Beta carotene. This helps with your skin as well as circulation. Some yellow fruits and vegetables include but are not limited to bananas, lemons, yellow pepper and pineapples. 

Green - This color contains Chlorophyll. This helps your organs and cells. Some green fruits and vegetables include but are not limited to broccoli, lettuce, green peppers, kiwi and avocados.  

Blue - This color contains Anthocyanins. This helps with your bones and brain. A blue fruit that contains this is blueberries.  

Purple - This color also contains Anthocyanins, which helps with your brain and bones. Some purple fruits and vegetables include but are not limited to plums, grapes, eggplant and cabbage.  

White - This color contains Anthoxanthins. This helps with your blood pressure and cholesterol. Some white fruits and vegetables include but are not limited to onions, mushrooms, garlic, cauliflower and jicama.

Monday, February 21, 2022

EMSA Approved Preventive Health Practices for Child Care

Mon, February 28, 2022

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST

This is the 8 hour course that is required by Community Care Licensing in order to become a licensed family child care provider. The course includes:

  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Recognition, management & prevention of infectious disease
  • Sanitary Food Handling
  • Child Nutrition
  • Identification and reporting of signs and symptoms of child abuse
  • Immunizations
  • Prevention of childhood injuries
  • Emergency preparedness & evacuation
  • Caring for children with special needs
  • This is a three-part training. You must attend all sessions to receive your certificate.

No make-ups for any portion of this class will be allowed.


Monday, February 28, 2022 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, March 4, 2022 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Friday, February 18, 2022

"Snack & Chat" con CCIP

La creación de una red de contactos, intercambio de ideas, y haciendo nuevos amigos

Ven a nuestro "Snack & Chat" con otros proveedores de cuidado infantil para intercambiar información, recibir consejos, y compartir problemas comunes en este foro abierto. Actualmente, estamos colaborando con el Solano County Licensed Family Child Care Association para brindarle todo el apoyo de primera calidad en sus esfuerzos para proporcionar la más alta calidad de cuidado de niños en nuestro condado. Traiga un aperitivo que usted guste para compartir con todos.

FREE On-line Event


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Join Us for Our Monthly Networking Event

Wed, Feb 16, 2022 8:30 PM CST + 2

The Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) is a statewide initiative to build the supply and improve the quality of licensed family child care homes in California. The CCIP works through local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to recruit, train, and retain licensed family child care providers. Come “Snack & Chat” with fellow child care providers to exchange information and share common issues in this monthly Open Forum in an effort to give you all premium support as you strive to provide the highest quality of care in our county.

This is a virtual meeting via Zoom. Don't forget to sit down with your snacks! We look forward to seeing your lovely faces

Who should attend?

  • "Seasoned" Family Child Care Providers
  • Newly licensed Family Child Care Providers
  • Those who are in the process of becoming Family Child Care Providers

Saturday, February 12, 2022

What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition, at its core, is a dietary deficiency that results in poor health conditions. We typically think of malnutrition as it relates to children not eating enough of the right foods. It can also occur when children eat too much of the wrong foods. Sadly, these combined contribute to more than 170 million children failing to reach their full potential due to poor nutrition.  These are two major factors that contribute to malnutrition in children.

Poor Quality of Diet: Malnutrition can occur in children of all ages, but young children are the most vulnerable. The World Health Organization has stated that malnutrition is the single most dangerous threat to global public health. They estimate that malnutrition is the underlying cause of 3.1 million child deaths each year and leads to lasting damage for millions of other children. Malnutrition makes children more vulnerable to severe diseases. Chronic malnutrition or stunting when children are too short for their age because they have not been adequately nourished, received inadequate care and or live in unhygienic environments can leave a devastating and permeant impact on a child's physical and cognitive capabilities.

Poor Maternal Health: The largest window of opportunity for a child's health occurs in the first 1,000 days, from the start of a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday. Mothers who are malnourished during their pregnancy can experience complications giving birth. Many children are born small because their mothers are undernourished.   Severely malnourished mothers can also have trouble breastfeeding their infants. We know that breastfeeding for the first six months of a child's life has health benefits that extend into adulthood. However, if a mother is too malnourished to breastfeed, these health benefits may not be passed on and a child can be at risk for malnutrition.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

SFCS Lending Library

The Lending Library at SFCS - a FREE resource for you!

Add some variety to your routine by implementing some of our ready-to-use activities and materials!

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Subsidized Child Care Program


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.

Visit our website for more information

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Child Care Food Program

What is the Child Care Food Program?

The Child Care Food Program (CCFP) is a federally funded program operated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services Program.  The primary purpose of the program is to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children who are in a child care home setting.  Solano Family & Children’s Services (SFCS) sponsors the Food Program in Solano County and surrounding counties.

What are the benefits of the CCFP?

Participants in the CCFP receive a monthly reimbursement payment for providing nutritious meals and snacks to the children in their care.  Providers may claim reimbursement for:

  • Up to two main meals and one snack, per child, per day /OR
  • Up to two snacks and one main meal, per child, per day

ALL children from infant through 12 years of age qualify for participation in the program REGARDLESS of their family income level.  Some providers may also be eligible to claim their own residential children on the CCFP.

Parents appreciate when their provider participates on the program.  It gives them peace of mind, knowing they don’t have to worry about packing daily meals and snacks for their children to eat in the provider’s home.  This can really help when marketing your family child care home business.

Visit our website for more details.