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Learn How to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Learn How to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for those warm days than a nice scoop of homemade ice cream! This is a great, mess free activity for you and the kids.

Car Seat Safety Tips & Videos

Car Seat Safety Tips & Videos

This past January, a study published in Health Affairs compared child mortality rates in 20 wealthy, autonomous countries since the year 1960. It revealed, over the last fifty years, the rate of childhood death decreased in all nations except the United States. Part of the problem is the mortality rate of children involved in car accidents. Sadly enough, these incidents are quite preventable. Last year, NPR reported that 43 percent of children who died from car crashes were improperly restrained.

CCRC Builds Communities, One Bookshelf At A Time

CCRC Builds Communities, One Bookshelf At A Time

On Saturday June 9th , 2018, CCRC hosted a community volunteer day and book drive in the San Fernando Valley. Community volunteer day is a great way to engage the community, and show our service area how we continue to work for them. Thanks to our 35 volunteers and a handful of staff members, we were able to build bookshelves, sort books, and wrap gifts that will be distributed during the holidays.

Free Activities Every Tuesday!

Free Activities Every Tuesday!

Schools out and the kids are free. Unfortunately parents, summer break does not apply for you. CCRC understands that the beautiful and sunny months, often leave parents at a lost on affordable activities to provide for their children. Worry not, we have just the thing for you!

Say Goodbye to Boring Bath Time!

Say Goodbye to Boring Bath Time!

Are you kids dreading bath time because they know sleep will soon follow? It happens, especially when you have your children on a routine. Getting your kids in the tub can sometimes be a fight, but fight no more! We have five fun bath time activities to get your precious tots excited about getting clean.

We Danced, We Played, and We Had Fun!

We Danced, We Played, and We Had Fun!

On Saturday May 19, 2018 at Woodley Park, we hosted our 22nd Annual Annabelle Godwin Play Day (AGPD). AGPD is one of our biggest events we host all year. Thanks to charitable sponsors including Maxine Paul, enthusiastic volunteers and dedicated staff, CCRC was able to support healthy living, early education, and well-being for 5,000 local families.

With every resource and service CCRC offers, we promote literacy and healthy eating. As part of our What A Difference A Book makes initiative, we distributed over 6,000 books. Due to generous donations throughout the year, every child in attendance walked away with at least one free, age appropriate book. Additionally, every family in attendance received a free bag of fresh produce. This year we are proud to announce that over 10,000 pieces of fruits and vegetables were given out.

Talking to Kids About Traumatic Events With Tips and Videos

Talking to Kids About Traumatic Events With Tips and Videos

With violence so often in the news, many parents struggle with talking to their children about traumatic incidents and signs of malice in the world. Knowing that something has happened, but not having anybody explain things, is a really scary thing to feel for any of us and can be quite traumatic for little ones. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) defines trauma as “the physical and emotional responses of a child to events that threaten the life or physical or emotional wellness of the child, or of someone critically important to the child such as parent or sibling."

A Century of Care! Celebrating Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

A Century of Care! Celebrating Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world's most respected experts on infant care, unfortunately passed three days after he celebrated his 100th birthday. We would like to take some time to acknowledge and celebrate the revolutionary impact Dr. Brazelton has made on the world. His work to understand the cognitive, physical and emotional development of children has transformed the way the world views children, natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and countless vital practices we use with children on a daily basis, and in doing so he drastically changed the way parents, caregivers, and professionals have cared and understood infants and toddlers.

Exploding Art! Fun activity for you and your children

Exploding Art! Fun activity for you and your children

Spring is here! What better way to embrace this explosive change than with some exploding art? This very fun and very messy activity is a guaranteed hit with the kids of all ages. Make sure you do this activity outside wearing clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. It’s totally worth it!

CCRC Partners with The Baby Box Co. to Distribute Free Baby Boxes and Education

CCRC Partners with The Baby Box Co. to Distribute Free Baby Boxes and Education

Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) has been chosen by The Baby Box Co. as one of a the Southern California baby box distributors. This new partnership is an opportunity for CCRC to provide parents with free products and parenting education from trusted experts to help destress the parenting journey. 

Build children’s brains with simple activities around the house

Build children’s brains with simple activities around the house

Did you know that every single time that you connect with a child it’s an opportunity to grow their mind? Vroom makes it easy for parents and caregivers to find fun new ways to turn everyday moments — like bath time and mealtime — into invaluable brain building moments. With great activities for bright young learners, Vroom helps develop a super strong foundation for kids’ future learning.

Make the most of CCRC’s new library hours this summer

Make the most of CCRC’s new library hours this summer

CCRC is happy to announce its new library hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm. Bring the kids and come on in for some free fun and learning this summer. With exciting summer activities at each of our libraries in Chatsworth, Palmdale, San Bernardino, and Victorville, there are lots of options. Please note our Palmdale library is only open from 9 am to 12 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 

Engaging summer activities to keep babies, preschoolers and kids entertained

Engaging summer activities to keep babies, preschoolers and kids entertained

Summer’s all about getting outside and making the most of that beautiful warm weather. Whether your kids are on summer vacation or your infant’s just learning to walk, there’s plenty you can do to help them celebrate the season. So, go ahead and enjoy that summer sun while trying out some of these fun activities.

Spend time outside with family while enjoying the latest kids’ movies

Spend time outside with family while enjoying the latest kids’ movies

Did you know that free outdoor movies are being shown at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and Yucaipa Community Park in San Bernardino County this summer?

Turn that empty egg carton into an educational greenhouse — and watch it grow!

Turn that empty egg carton into an educational greenhouse — and watch it grow!

Develop kids’ green thumbs early with this awesome gardening activity. Grab an egg carton and head outside to create your greenhouse, then bring it inside to see it sprout. Your windowsill’s a great place to put it so it gets a lot of light!

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Child Care Resource Center

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

20001 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

818.717.1000

Monday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

ANTELOPE VALLEY

250 Grand Cypress Avenue
Palmdale, CA 93551

661.789.1200

Monday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

SAN BERNARDINO

1111 East Mill Street, Suite 100
San Bernardino, CA 92408

909.384.8000

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VICTORVILLE

15456 West Sage Street
Victorville, CA 92392

760.245.0770

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm