Partner with us to strengthen our community by supporting local child care providers!

Travis Credit Union Foundation will match your donation up to $20,000!

Until September 30, 2020 you can DOUBLE your impact while ensuring that your donation stays in your community!  Click on the Donate button below and then select Community Resources for Children from the list and your gift will be doubled, as Travis Credit Union is generously matching your donation dollar for dollar!

About the Emergency Relief Fund

On June 3rd, 2020 Community Resources for Children (CRC) started accepting applications for the first round of funding for licensed home-based child care providers in Napa County. The newly established Emergency Relief Fund comes at a crucial time according to Erika Lubensky, Exceutive Director of CRC, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic damage to the child care sector, especially to home-based women-owned child care businesses; with fewer children and added costs due to safety and health requirements, many in the child care field are fearful that daycares will have no option other than to permanently close.”

CRC started hearing concerns almost immediately when the Shelter-at Home-Order took effect. Although the nonprofit shared resources for accessing financial assistance with child care providers, many were either not eligible or not able to apply for government financial assistance programs.  CRC took immediate action by reaching out to national and local funders in search of assistance.

The Emergency Relief Fund is anchored by a significant grant from Home Grown, a national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care, and supported locally by matching funds from First 5 Napa County, Travis Credit Union Foundation, and Napa Valley Vintners.

The goal of the fund is to stabilize Napa County’s child care sector by mitigating further economic losses to local family-owned small businesses and preventing further decreases in available child care slots.  More than 60 child care providers will be strengthened to continue to provide care for working families in Napa County, thereby enabling our economy to recover. To date the fund has raised more than $160,000, a significant portion of which will be distributed through grants to child care providers in Napa County in the coming months.  To partner with CRC or to inquire about the fund please contact Eva Simonsson at esimonsson@crcnapa.org or (707) 253-0376 x140.

About Home Grown:
Home Grown is a national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care. The members of Home Grown are collaborating to strategically invest in innovative approaches and scale what works in order to drive the most change as quickly as possible. The collaborative is backed by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Gary Community Investments, Heinz Endowments, Heising-Simons Foundation, Imaginable Futures (a venture of The Omidyar Group), Klingenstein Philanthropies, MAEVA Social Capital, Merage Foundations, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative. Home Grown has launched a series of resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that home-based providers, who play a critical role in supporting the American workforce, are represented in COVID- 19 policy solutions. By meeting the immediate needs of providers, and connecting their needs to local, state and federal policy actions, Home Grow is working to sustain the supply of home-based child care and prevent any sacrifices in quality of care. More at homegrownchildcare.org.

Our Impact

74

Child care providers and centers supported to remain open.

300

Children of essential workers cared for by a child care provider.

$215,000

in emergency relief provided so far.

22,000

masks distributed to child care providers,

500

phone calls to child care providers to share resources.

Sponsors and Donors

Project She Cares

She Cares is a project by Community Resources for Children that features women in child care who nurture and care for children in our community and highlights the important role that child care plays in the early education of our children while allowing parents to remain in the workforce. The goal of the project is to celebrate and empower women child care providers and to raise awareness about the important work that they do.

CRC provides 1:1 coaching, training, workshops, 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 to get answers to specific questions such as challenging behaviors, developmental delays, and strategies on how to work with children of multiple ages.

2019 Production Team 
Photography: Sakhon Nhek Photography
Poster Design: Julia Allen of Folia Design
Make-up: Monica Fernandez with Napa Valley Makeup
Hairstylist: Teresa Garcia
Project Coordinator: Jacqueline Saldaña-Pimentel

A special thank you to the participating child care providers and to the Board of Directors and Staff of Community Resources for Children

Portraits of Local Child Care Providers

Maricela Aguilar

Maricela Aguilar

Mary’s Family Child Care

She Cares about children’s safety and stability

“Many of the children who attend my child care come from homes troubled by domestic violence. At first, they are hesitant to get attached to me. Eventually, we develop special connections as they spend most of the day with me and learn that the environment at my child care is safe and one of compassion, love and encouragement.”

Gloria Orozco

Gloria Orozco

Orozco Family Childcare Home

She Cares about providing child care with an open heart and with open arms

“I wanted to become a teacher, but I never had the resources to do it, so I am proud to be a child care provider, which is different than a sitter, because in my child care, children benefit from having routines and I use a curriculum that prepares them for school and life.”

Julia Rodriguez

Julia Rodriguez

Rodriguez Family Childcare Home

She Cares for children with love and respect.

“Being a child care provider is in many ways like any other job, with rules and schedules. However, the difference is that you are shaping human beings. That is why I treat all the children like family.”

Erica Salinas

Erica Salinas

My Little World of Fun Daycare

She Cares that children feel safe, loved and cared for

¨Having a child care that provides love,care and a safe environment is extremely important to me as most of the children are with me for 9 hours each day. When children are absent, I miss seeing their faces, I miss their voices.”

Rachell Solis

Rachell Solis

Nahar Montessori

She Cares about supporting children’s individual emotional needs

“I decided to become a child care provider because I realized that I couldn’t change the world, but I could change my community.”

Lourdes Solorio

Lourdes Solorio

Lulu’s Family Daycare

She Cares about getting to know each child individually

“One of the biggest rewards is when the children I cared for come back to visit me as teenagers.”

Jacqueline Wisniewski

Jacqueline Wisniewski

Soaring Wings LLC

She Cares about raising happy and healthy children

“My hardships growing up taught me how important it is during the early years of life to provide continuity and consistency of care for children. This is what I try to bring to my community; continuity of care and love. It is a great privilege to serve the Napa Community.”

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