COVID-19 has presented unique challenges to child care providers. ICES Resource & Referral Staff are working hard to provide support to those providing care to children while their parents work. If you provide child care to one or more children, you may be eligible to receive health & safety supplies and funding. Contact ICES to learn more.
Our mission is to support and enrich the lives of children and families. We do this in many ways, and one of those ways is to partner with child care providers! We appreciate the efforts of anyone in child care who recognizes the importance of high quality care for children. ICES offers providers a wide range of supports and services that promote the high quality relationships and environments that children need to develop in healthy and individually appropriate ways.
Workshops & Training
ICES is committed to providing high quality workshops and training in our effort to support child care providers who are invested in offering high quality care to their clients.
Our workshops and training offer participants the opportunity to grow as professionals, connect with their peers, and to earn free materials and resources. Our workshops and training cover a wide range of research-based topics that promote best practices in child care settings. Subjects covered include but are not limited to: Health and Safety, CPR/First Aid, Ages and Stages of Child Development, and Trauma-Informed Care Practices.
Our world is changing and requiring all of us to learn new strategies for connecting with one another. ICES has begun offering virtual workshops and training to meet the needs of child care providers in our community. To learn about upcoming opportunities for enhancing your skills as a provider, visit our News and Events page or follow us on Facebook.
Earn While You Learn!
ICES offers incentives to child care providers who actively participate in professional growth opportunities in the early care and education field. There are two ways you can earn incentives through ICES.
While participating in quality workshops and other training, why not earn a cash stipend?! The Quality Counts program offers cash stipends to participants who are working with children ages 0-5 and are actively pursuing professional growth and development in the field of early care and education. If you are interested in earning while you learn, you must register before January 15, 2021. Contact our office or click the link appropriate for your role with children for the Guidelines and Application.
If you are not sure which role suits you, contact our office today.
If you attend workshops or other professional growth opportunities, but don’t participate in Quality Counts, you can still earn ICES Bucks! They can be used toward purchasing materials for your child care setting.
How do you earn ICES Bucks or Quality Counts Hours?
By attending or viewing the recordings of our three core workshops you automatically become eligible for either program. For every hour you engage in professional growth you can earn $25, toward your stipend or toward ICES Bucks. Attend as many workshops as you’d like in addition to the core workshops to increase your stipend or ICES bucks amount. The core workshops required are:
- Health & Safety in Child Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Cultivating Resiliency
- Racism & Implicit Bias
*complete SurveyMonkey reflections to earn full credit for viewing recorded workshops.
Child care providers often have long, busy days working with children which can make it challenging to access professional growth opportunities. This is why ICES has begun to offer child care providers access to recorded workshops and training opportunities provided by our Resource and Referral staff. ICES On Demand Workshops can count toward professional growth hours or ICES bucks. In order to receive credit for viewing recorded workshops, viewers need to complete and submit a reflection. Links to workshop materials and Survey Monkey reflections can be found in the video description and may also be shared upon request. You can access our YouTube On-Demand Workshops play list by clicking the button below.
Whether you need books, toys, learning materials, or themed units, ICES provides a library of free resources to family child care providers and center staff. You can reserve your materials today!
Child Care Providers Needed!
Even during “normal” times, families in Tuolumne and Mariposa counties face a critical shortage of child care spaces that impacts their ability to go to work and/or school. The current health crisis has only served to heighten the need for qualified and dedicated child care providers. Family child care is a self-employed business that contributes significantly to the local economy and the social and emotional well-being of young children.
If you love children and the idea of providing a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment in your home sounds like something you would enjoy, family child care might be the business for you!
One-on-One Technical Assistance
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to and help you determine ways to effectively address an issue in your program. Our staff is available via e-mail, telephone, virtual visits to assist you with curriculum, business questions, or provider/parent relationship questions.
Reimbursement for Health and Safety Courses
When funding is available, eligible providers may receive partial reimbursement toward completed Health and Safety Training classes or course work. To find out if you’re eligible, call ICES.
Important Notices & Updates
CCLD 2020 Updates
Community Care Licensing Division has maintained a steady flow of Provider Information Notices since March 2020 regarding operating child care programs during the COVID19 pandemic. There are new Provider Information Notices, along with information on improvements to the licensing process and better support for providers. Other topics include PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Healthy Habits, Trauma-Informed Care, New Legislation, and New Inspection Process Updates.