Dear Provider of Services for Families in Yolo County,
Yolo County Children’s Alliance is excited to share our resources for families with you. We hope you find these resources helpful in your work with families. Click on one of the guides to learn more:
Make Time for Yourself – A Self-Care Guide for Busy Parents
2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign
Make Time for Yourself is a guide for parents and caregivers that points out the importance of self-care and provides many self-care ideas to try.
In addition to helping parents learn more about taking care of themselves, Make Time for Yourself is designed to prevent child maltreatment by supporting the following protective factors known to strengthen families: parental resilience and social connections. For example, when parents take deep breaths, exercise, or do a favorite hobby, they increase their capacity to be resilient. When parents call a friend or hug someone, they bolster social connections.
Do you want to participate in the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign? You can in these ways…
- Click HERE to download the Make Time for Yourself guide in English, Spanish, and Russian. To help parents prioritize self-care, the guide covers the importance of self-care and divides specific self-care ideas into those that only take 5 minutes to do and those that take more time. There are also activities that parents can do with children. The ideas involve calming the mind, connecting with supportive relatives and friends, exercising, laughing, finding activities that bring joy, and getting enough sleep.
- To distribute Make Time for Yourself to parents, you can share the link, download and print the document, or request hard copies from Natalie Audage at Natalie.Audage@yolocounty.org
- Use questions in the Conversation Starters for Providers document HERE to introduce and talk about self-care in Make Time for Yourself with parents and caregivers. This document has questions you can ask to introduce the guide as well as follow-up discussion questions to ask once parents have read and/or used the guide.
- Share, share, share! We have developed social media Tweets and Facebook posts for you to share with your networks. Click HERE to see these resources or like YCCA’s Tweets and Facebook posts!
- Get more information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month that you can share with your staff and the families you serve. You can also learn more about California’s Community in Unity campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
We hope these resources help you support and strengthen families by helping parents make time for themselves!
Talk+Play=Connect Toolkit for Families
2015 & 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign
The Talk+Play=Connect Toolkit for Families provides information and ideas about talking, playing, and connecting with children, as well as information and tip sheets on Times to Connect with children.
In addition to helping parents find positive ways to interact with their children, the information and resources in this toolkit and on our website are designed to prevent child maltreatment by supporting the following protective factors known to strengthen families: knowledge of parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, and nurturing and attachment.
Do you want more information about how to use Talk+Play=Connect materials?
Click HERE to download the Talk+Play=Connect Toolkit for Families in English, Spanish, and Russian.
- The toolkit contains the following information for parents:
- General Information
- Talk+Play=Connect Introduction
- Why Talking to Your Kids Is So Important
- Children Learn Through Their Play
- Times to Connect
- Book recommendations for parents and children on talking and dealing with feelings (English only)
- Age-Specific Tip Sheets: talking tips, playing ideas, and activities to try in the morning, at mealtimes, and at bedtime, organized by developmental stage:
- General Information
You can give parents the whole toolkit or tailor the toolkit by distributing the introductory pieces and the age-specific tip sheet(s) to the families you serve. You can use the toolkit to support and strengthen families by talking with them about the information and activity ideas, modeling how to talk to children and do the activities, providing opportunities for parents to engage with children, and suggesting other activities for parents to do with their children.
- Use questions in the Conversation Starters for Providers document HERE to talk about the toolkit with parents and caregivers. This guide has questions you can ask to introduce the toolkit as well as follow-up questions to discuss the toolkit once parents have read and/or used it.
- Share the following resources with your colleagues and the families you serve:
- English: Links to websites with information about parent-child communication and parent-child activities
- Spanish: Links to websites with information about parent-child communication and parent-child activities
- Book recommendations for parents on parent-child communication and for children and teenagers on emotions and feelings (English only)
- More resources to share, share, share! We have developed social media Tweets and Facebook posts for you to share with your networks. Click HERE to see these resources.
We hope these resources help you support and strengthen the families you serve as they connect with their children through talking and playing!
Choosing a Child Care Provider
Choosing a Child Care Provider offers guidance for parents who are looking for the right child care provider for their child. The guide seeks to empower parents to trust themselves and their knowledge about their child’s needs when choosing a provider. The guide gives questions to ask providers, as well as questions about supervision, the child care site, and hygiene and safety.
Click HERE to download the Choosing a Child Care Provider in English, Spanish, and Russian to distribute to families seeking child care.