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January 2018
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 January News from Connections For Children

Program Spotlight: Professional Development 

CFC provides many support services to the child care providers and early educators in our region. We believe that promoting and ensuring quality child care and education is a team commitment. CFC staff works closely with child care providers and parents for the benefit of all young children.
CFC's Resource & Referral Department offers services to providers at all skill and experience levels, to best meet their needs.  We focus on supporting quality for the children in care, their relationships with adults and peers, the curriculum, and the early education environment. The majority of programs and services are offered at no direct cost to the provider including: assistance with business start-up, mentoring, one-on-one coaching, and training programs on everything from healthy growth and development to the importance of art, music and both structured and unstructured play.  
Our weekly training schedule offers vital information about children's development and early learning, as well as tools for professional growth and strengthening your child care business.  Training is offered at our Santa Monica office and at El Camino College in Torrance.
Please visit our agency calendar to see all of our current and upcoming events.
CFC now has Online Training available for a moderate fee that offers self-guided, self-paced continuing education for child care professionals and fee-based CPR training.  Please call the Resource & Referral Department for more information (310) 452-3325. 

Resources for Finding Child Care

Connections For Children supports parents in balancing the challenges of work and home life. Our free information and resources on child development, parenting, and high quality child care, include:
  • Child care referrals
  • Education about child development
  • Community resources
  • Consumer education
  • Resources for children with special needs
Connections For Children helps parents find quality child care that best suits their individual needs. In addition, we can help find financial assistance specifically for low income parents who need child care while working, continuing their education, searching for employment, or who meet other defined criteria.
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Ready for School - Building Blocks for Kindergarten

Sharing and Caring  -  Supporting Social and Emotional Development 
Together with Santa Monica Cradle to Career partners, this month we are again beginning our regular feature on nurturing children for success. This month we explore tips to support healthy social and emotional development.
As children learn to identify and manage their feelings and emotions, it helps them to deal with changes and challenges that come up. They learn how focus, regulate themselves, and relate to others.
  • Set a good example for your child. He or she will imitate you. If you speak with an "inside voice," your child learns to speak with one too.
  • Help children talk about her or his feelings and to imagine what others are feeling. This helps them to understand and identify their feelings.
  • Give children positive support and feedback to help them know when they are on track.
  • Routines help children know what to expect and how to get ready for transitions.
  • Set limits for your child so they know their boundaries. Your child will feel safer and more self-confident.
For more great tips, read and download Building Blocks for Kindergarten
The Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign is part of Santa Monica Cradle to Career, a collective impact initiative of the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica College, service providers, and community members dedicated to making Santa Monica a place where every child has the ability to thrive.  Connections for Children is an active member of Cradle to Career and has helped lead the Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign.

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Connections For Children

is pleased to invite you to a magical evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dessert, and

a fabulous silent auction

Featuring magic by Mark Furey

Thursday, March 8, 2018

5:30 - 8:00 pm

The Historic Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA  90232

Individual Tickets: $100
Please purchase online at:
Special Honorees:

Irene Zivi, long time early childhood advocate

Betsy Hiteshew, Connections For Children's co-founder

Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center
Generously sponsored by:
Presenting Sponsors

City National Bank

Providence Saint John's Health Center

Iao Katagiri
Gold Sponsors
Adri Butler
RAND Corporation
Teri Aranguren, CPA

Silver Sponsors

Bonnie Bailer
Law Office of Timur M Berberoglu
Brakke-Schafnitz Insurance Brokers
Judith & Clifford Brunk
Commercial Bank of California
Fitdog Sports Club
Sharon Perlmutter Gavin
Curtis Graham & Allison Alan-Lee
GYL Decauwer LLC
ICG Advisors LLC
Stuart Laff & Alice Germanetti
Miller Ward & Company
Quantum Health
The Ryding Company
Laila Taslimi

For more information please contact:

Sharlout Golbari

310-452-3325 x275

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