A Parent Services component was developed to identify and address some of the unmet needs of parents receiving child care services through the Voucher Project. Some of the results of the implementation of this component have been publication of the Parent Newsletter, coordination of parent workshops, development of a comprehensive community resource file, preparation of a directory of services for children and families with special needs, and implementation of a parent lending library and video library.
The SCCPA works in conjunction with other local, state, and national agencies to assist in meeting the needs of families. The following is a list of some of these agencies and further information and a link, if available:
California Childcare Resource and Referral Network (http://www.rrnetwork.org) - links to local resource and referral agencies for every county in the state of California. These local agencies coordinate services that assist in providing child care information and services to parents, child care providers, policy makers, and business and community leaders. CDRC is Santa Cruz County's local resource and referral agency at this address http://www.cdrc4info.org.
Information can also be found at this site under "Santa Cruz". Santa Cruz Human Services Department (http://santacruzhumanservices.org/) - childcare programs provide help in paying for the care local families need so parents can work, attend school, seek employment or find permanent housing. Families must meet income eligibility limits. Various programs serve families from the community at large and parents participating in CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work activities.
First 5 Santa Cruz County (http://www.first5scc.org)
Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council (http://www.childcareplanning.org)
Trustline Registry for License-Exempt Providers (http://www.trustline.org/) - TrustLine gives parents an important tool to use when considering a license-exempt caregiver for their children. All child care providers listed in the TrustLine registry have submitted their fingerprints to the California Department of Justice and have no disqualifying child abuse reports or disqualifying criminal convictions in California. In addition, some but not all child care providers listed with TrustLine have also received a clearance from a FBI criminal record check.
Banana's Inc Resources (Oakland) (http://www.bananasinc.org/resources.php)
Child Care Links Newsletter (Alameda) (http://www.childcarelinks.org/department/employer/agency.htm)
California Childcare Health Program (http://www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org)
Children's Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org/) - The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown
Child Care Connections(National Network for Childcare) (http://www.nncc.org/) - National Network for Child Care publishes three newsletter series for child care professionals