A Parent Services component was developed to identify and address some of the unmet needs of parents receiving child care services through the Voucher Project. Some of the results of the implementation of this component have been publication of the Parent Newsletter, coordination of parent workshops, development of a comprehensive community resource file, preparation of a directory of services for children and families with special needs, and implementation of a parent lending library and video library.
The SCCPA works in conjunction with other local, state, and national agencies to assist in meeting the needs of families. The following is a list of some of these agencies and further information and a link, if available:
California Childcare Resource and Referral Network (http://www.rrnetwork.org) - links to local resource and referral agencies for every county in the state of California. These local agencies coordinate services that assist in providing child care information and services to parents, child care providers, policy makers, and business and community leaders. CDRC is Santa Cruz County's local resource and referral agency at this address http://www.cdrc4info.org.
Information can also be found at this site under "Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz Human Services Department (http://santacruzhumanservices.org/) - childcare programs provide help in paying for the care local families need so parents can work, attend school, seek employment or find permanent housing. Families must meet income eligibility limits. Various programs serve families from the community at large and parents participating in CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work activities.
First 5 Santa Cruz County (http://www.first5scc.org)
Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council (http://www.childcareplanning.org)
Trusline Registry for License-Exempt Providers (http://www.trustline.org/) - TrustLine gives parents an important tool to use when considering a license-exempt caregiver for their children. All child care providers listed in the TrustLine registry have submitted their fingerprints to the California Department of Justice and have no disqualifying child abuse reports or disqualifying criminal convictions in California. In addition, some but not all child care providers listed with TrustLine have also received a clearance from a FBI criminal record check.
Banana's Inc Resources (Oakland) (http://www.bananasinc.org/resources.php)
Child Care Links Newsletter (Alameda) (http://www.childcarelinks.org/department/employer/agency.htm)
California Childcare Health Program (http://www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org)
Children's Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org/) - The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown
Child Care Connections(National Network for Childcare) (http://www.nncc.org/) - National Network for Child Care publishes three newsletter series for child care professionals
The following is a continuously evolving list of selected web sites providing health and safety tips and information applicable to child care settings.
If you know of a listing or topic that should be added or find a link that is no longer working please contact us.
Allergy Testing for Children (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)
Asthma and Children Fact Sheet (American Lung Association)
Asthma in Children (MEDLINEplus Health Information)
Childhood Asthma Overview (American Lung Association)
Asthma in Infants (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)
Childhood Asthma (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)
FAQ: Brain Development (Zero to Three)
Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Reducing the Risk Of Rollover Crashes in 15-Passenger Vans (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Child Care in America (2008 State Fact Sheet - National Association of Child Care Resource And Referral Agencies) The following data profiles the need for and use of child care in the United States today, as well as its current cost, quality and impact on America’s children, families and the economy.
Child Day Care (MEDLINEplus Health Information)
Early Years Are Learning Years (NAEYC) EYLYs are short articles designed for parents and other adults involved with children on a daily basis.
Children With Special Needs
Children with Diabetes The online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities This website identifies the causes of and prevention of birth defects and developmental disabilities.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities A central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, laws authorizing special education, and research-based studies and reports.
Insure Kids Now (low cost health insurance for kids)
Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss(US Department of Education) If you've recently found out that your child has a hearing loss, this resource sheet with service systems and other groups information is for you.
2009 Childhood Immunization Schedule (American Academy of Pediatrics) Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years.
Latex Allergy (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention.
Medicine (MEDLINEPlus Health Information)
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Parent Training Modules/Family Tools
Child Behavior Disorders (MEDLINEplus Health Information)
Bright Futures in Practice: Nutrition 2nd Edition Georgetown University
Child Dental Health (MEDLINEplus Health Information)
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center A forum that discusses and address public oral health issues.
Oral Health and Learning: When Children’s Oral Health Suffers, So Does Their Ability to Learn (National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health)
Child Care Law Center This website advocates to children, families and communities who are facing barriers to high quality child care.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies: For Parents NACCRRA has partnerships, programs, and resources that are designed to help parents find quality child care, get the latest information on child development and parenting issues, keep informed on current legislation and policies affecting young children, look at their work choices after having a baby, and have access to hundreds of fun, learning activities to do with their children.
Zero to Three (developmental information on infants to toddlers)
Child Care/Head Start Partnership Study: Final Report (Education Development Center, Inc.) This report was developed by researchers at the Center for Children & Families to learn about the nature of early care and education partnerships and their impact on quality and access to services.
Five Ways a Child Grows: A Timeline for Typical Development (The Talaris Research Institute)
Zero to Three (developmental information on infants to toddlers)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau Research Program Research on ways to improve the health of mothers, children and adolescents.
American Society for Testing and Materials standards An open forum for the development of high-quality, market-relevant international standards used around the globe.
Child Safety (MEDLINEplus Health Information)
Safe Kids Worldwide Includes detailed reports on child injuiry prevention.
Safetylit.org: The Online Source for Injury Prevention Literature (San Diego State Univ. Graduate School of Public Health)
School Age Child Care
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
A Parent's Guide to Safe Sleep (Healthy Child Care America Back to Sleep Campaign) Reduce the risk of SIDS
Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play (Healthy Child Care America Back to Sleep Campaign) Follow these steps to create a safe sleep environment for your infant.
First Candle/SIDS Alliance Message board and current news on SIDS
Healthy Child Care America Back to Sleep Campaign Provide educational materials and technical assistance to reduce SIDS.
National SIDS and Infant Death Project IMPACT (MCHB and ASIP) Supports and shares information on state and local infant death programs.
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resource Center Information collected from national, state, and local SIDS/Infant Death programs, as well as perinatal, stillbirth, maternal and child health, and bereavement organizations.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (MEDLINEplus Health Information)
Developed by the Genetic Alliance a directory of parental support groups by congential syndrome.