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Join the Child Care Initiative Project today

Join the Child Care Initiative Project today

Are you currently running or starting up a family child care home? Become a part of the Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) — and benefit from free training, support and more.

Smile Starter: Underwater fireworks Activity

Smile Starter: Underwater fireworks Activity

What’s not to love about fireworks? They’re bright, beautiful and exciting. If you’re looking for an easy, safe and fun science project to do with firework loving kids, this is one mesmerizing experiment you’ll want to try. Create a whole new kind of fireworks show in a glass with just food coloring, water and oil. It couldn’t be easier.

Turn shared moments into brain building moments with Vroom

Turn shared moments into brain building moments with Vroom

According to new science, children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time you connect with them their eyes and their brains light up. In every one of these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in everything you say and do. That’s why Vroom’s here.

Colorful chalky paint

Colorful chalky paint

What kid wouldn’t love to paint your front walk with chalk? It couldn’t be easier to create a chalky paint that goes on wet then dries opaque, just like sidewalk chalk. It’s the perfect activity for budding artists — and a ton of fun for the whole family. 

SEIU Early Educators Apprenticeship

SEIU Early Educators Apprenticeship

The SEIU Early Educators Apprenticeship *(SEEA) Program is a collaborative project of the Service Employees International Union and the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) that offers in-depth, comprehensive early care and learning trainings to Family Child Care Providers. The SEEA program is designed to enhance the practices of early care professionals through coaching services and education support.

Why not host a book drive for CCRC’s What a Difference a BOOK Makes campaign?

Why not host a book drive for CCRC’s What a Difference a BOOK Makes campaign?

CCRC is looking for volunteers like you to help collect children’s books for kids within the community.  By hosting a book drive for our What a Difference a BOOK Makes campaign at your home, school, club, church or office, you’ll help provide children with the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.

A Matter of Minutes is all it takes

A Matter of Minutes is all it takes

Thousands of children and families are tragically affected by non-traffic-related incidents with vehicles every year. In May 2014, seven children died in hot cars during a 16-day period in four states. All but one was left by a family member. 

Smile Starter: Sugar Writing Tray

Smile Starter: Sugar Writing Tray

When it comes to learning the ABCs and 123s, practice makes perfect. However, having kids write letters and numbers with pencil and paper can get a bit repetitive. So why not shake things up (literally) with this fun, yet simple, sugar writing tray? It’ll change the way children learn.

What a Difference a BOOK Makes

What a Difference a BOOK Makes

Did you know that according to the Children’s Literacy Foundation only one book is available to every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods? Compare that to middle-income children who own an average of 13 books each.

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