Early Learning Connections for providers and caregivers

Our new Early Learning Connections calendar is now available. The monthly connections are intended for Licensed Child Care Providers, Family, Friends, Neighbors and Relative Caregivers caring for children other than their own.  This month we will talk about Child Care Challenges during COVID.  For more information and registration instructions visit the event page

Online Talk Read Sing Do Playgroup

Join our playgroup with Ms. Lindi and Ms Susanna!  Enjoy activities in the comfort of your own home. A new episode will be available every month. Community partners and authors will read during a virtual storytime and CRC staff will lead songs and introduce activities!  The first episode is available now and our full schedule is coming soon! Please check the event calendar.

 

Emergency Services & Resources

Canceled Event – Community Literacy Day

Fifth Graders from Bel Aire Park Magnet School Collect Books for CRC Families

Thank you 5th graders from Bel Aire Park Magnet IB World School for collecting books for children and for learning and educating others about the importance of literacy in preparing children for school and a lifetime of learning. Today, the five 5th graders participating in the Exhibition Service Project for Poverty/Early Literacy walked over to the Toy Library to deliver books in homemade textile bags to some of our Active Minds families. We were really impressed by these youngsters and their interest in learning and sharing about the importance or reading to young children.  The books they donated were presented to the children in our Active Minds program in beautiful homemade textile bags. ​​​​​​​
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Active Minds Wraps up in American Canyon

Active Minds returns to American Canyon

𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝐒 𝐑𝐄𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐍𝐒 𝐓𝐎 𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐂𝐀𝐍𝐘𝐎𝐍
We usually wait to post about Active Minds until the end of the cycle, but we are so excited we couldn’t wait to share the news with you! Active Minds is back in American Canyon serving a diverse group of children ages 3-4 and their parents/ primary caregivers The children are learning about routines and how to share with friends, while also getting the opportunity to work on strengthening individual skills. The engagement skills that their parents and caregivers are learning will help them support their children’s learning and development through High School and beyond!

𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲!
Thank you Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley – American Canyon Clubhouse for hosting us! Thank you Napa Valley Vintners, Bainum Family Foundation and In School Out of School Fund, a Community Impact Fund at Napa Valley Community Foundation, for providing funding for the program.

 

 

 

Thank you donors, partners and supporters!

Thank you for your support in 2019! Our work is possible thanks to you! We wish you all a peaceful and healthy new year!

Announcing Grand-Caring Café, a new support group for grandparent caregivers!

With the generous support of the Wayne Grey Wilson Foundation we are pleased to announce a new monthly support group, Grand-Caring Café. Grandparent caregivers are invited to come and connect with peers, enjoy meaningful conversation and receive resources to help support them as caregivers of young children.  Grandchildren are not required to attend.

Community Resources for Children Launches Project She Cares to Highlight the Importance of Child Care in Napa County

In September 2019, Community Resources for Children (CRC) celebrated local women child care providers and launched Project She Cares, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of child care in our community through videos, stories and portraits. 

In addition to keeping parents in the workforce, child care providers play an important role in caring for and nurturing young children. With the rising cost of living in our area many families are faced with longer working hours or multiple jobs to make ends meet; the result is that more children are spending more time with informal child care providers such as grandparents, friends and neighbors. It is important that all adults who care for children are empowered with tools and know how to best support their children’s healthy growth and development, says Erika Lubensky, Executive Director of Community Resources for Children. 

Community Resource for Children provides one-on-one coaching, trainingworkshops, playgroups and support groups for all types of child care providers. Topics covered in workshops include how to support the emotional needs of young children, building school readiness skills, how to set up environments that are developmentally appropriate and much more!  Child care providers rely on CRC for professional development and for getting answers to specific questions such as challenging behaviors, developmental delays, and strategies on how to work with children of multiple ages  

“Investing in child care is critical as many young children spend more of their waking hours with a child care provider than with a parent; many children learn their colors, numbers and ABCs while in child care, they reach milestones such as crawling, walking and feeding themselves while in child care and they learn how to get along with others in child care; these are all skills that prepare them for a lifetime of learning, said Ms. Lubensky. 

 In the coming year, CRC will continue to highlight child care providers in our community through videos and stories; and with support from donors and community partners, child care providers will receive training in business fundamentals allowing them to open and grow thriving child care businesses.  To support this effort please visit http://www.crcnapa.org/project-she-cares/. 

 CRC is thankful for the continued support of The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) who, like CRC, believes in “Healthy Kids, Healthy Valley”. “The NVV has been a key supporter of CRC for many years allowing our organization to pilot important programs and to be innovative and creative so that we deliver maximum impact for each dollar invested,” says Ms. Lubensky.