Caring for the Caregivers

Sep 27, 2012

EOLCCA Member photoAlone No More

As caretakers for our most precious resource -- children -- child care providers face numerous challenges and responsibilities, often in isolation.  To ease these burdens and increase the quality of child care, First 5 Alameda County and Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) joined together with the East Oakland Licensed Child Care Association to sponsor an all-day conference September 8 for  family child care providers in East Oakland.  A primary result of the gathering was to link providers not only with an array of helpful resources, but also with each other. 

New Skills, Stronger Connections  

Thirty-three child care providers were treated to a variety of new skills and connections, including strategies to strengthen relationships with families, access to a monthly group on working with children with challenging behaviors, and help running the “business” side of child care. Other conference workshops addressed stress management techniques for providers, an introduction to developmental screening tools, and identifying important developmental resources to share with families.  The conference is just one of many First 5 efforts to assist the vital work of child care providers in early childhood development.

We’re Here to Help

If you are a child care provider in East Oakland, you can have access to all of the same services, trainings and consultation available to the providers who attended the September conference. If you are a leader of a family child care association, network or project in Alameda County, we would like to learn more about your efforts and the needs of providers in your area to serve families with young children . Please contact Margaret Jerene, Early Care & Education Program Specialist at Margaret.jerene@first 5ecc.org or phone 510-875-2446 for more information.