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SCHOOL

READINESS:
It’s For the
Whole Family
By Heather Malley,
CCRC School Readiness Initiative (SRI)
Music is a great way to introduce creativity, rhythm
Message from the CEO Be Prepared for Tax Season! Child Care Centers: Reduce Your Utility Bills in 2007! and even math skills to children. Set up a music band
Program Evaluator

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In This Issue appy 2007 to all of you! The beginning of a new year is an Big tax credits for working parents and caregivers of children with plastic containers. Have a fun

H T
he California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (C-PEEP) Efficiency Program (CPEEP) can help you call the Low Income
CCRC Provider Payments exciting time to talk about change and there are good changes add up to thousands of dollars can help eligible child care centers reduce their monthly utility Investment Fund at: 415-489-6145 or email CPEEP@liifund.org. performance in your living room and cheer on the band! You can even
hen parents want to prepare their child for
school, they often have questions about
Now Made Easy & Electronic happening with CCRC! This summer CCRC will consolidate its bills. Did you know that changing just one regular light bulb to You can also visit the website at: http://www.liifund.org. On the home help kids make their own instruments and drums! parenting support services or learning about

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Cover Story p. 1 very year, hundreds of people miss out on valuable tax
two San Fernando Valley Offices in Van Nuys and Northridge and a compact fluorescent bulb saves approximately $20 per year? page, under child care, click the link to the California Preschool MARCHING DRUM activities that they can do at home with young
credits. Don’t let this happen to you! Tax credits worth children. Parents should know that CCRC’s school

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n 2007 CCRC is launching a new payment system for its contracted child care providers. CCRC now move them both to a new office in Chatsworth. This will allow CCRC to If you have 10 light bulbs in your child care center that can mean a Energy Efficiency Program. What you need:
News p. 2 thousands of dollars can make tax season a good thing for
offers Provider Pay Cards (PPC) in addition to Direct Deposit as a way child care providers can receive readiness program offers fun and free ways to learn
serve the community better by having all of our resources in one working parents or guardians of dependent children. savings of $200 each year! • empty oatmeal container
Health p. 3 their payments electronically. Direct Deposit is an electronic deposit straight to your bank account that The California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program is a how to support your child in getting ready to enter
convenient location with plenty of parking and a lobby designed to • yarn
The program is funded by the California Public Utility Commission collaboration of organizations: Low-Income Investment Fund, kindergarten.
works just like a regular deposit you make at the bank. PPC works just like a debit/ATM card giving give guests the best customer service. The new office will Don’t be afraid to ask your income tax professional about these • pen
Fun & Events p. 4 through Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, California Through CCRC’s School Readiness Initiative (SRI),
electronic access to payment funds at any point of sale. also be the new home for the San Fernando Valley credits for individuals with children or other dependents: • 2 pencils
Electric (SDGE). Head Start Association, Intergy Corporation and the California the Parents as Teachers Program (PAT) offers a

CCRC Book, Toy and Resource Library. Now when • 2 empty spools of thread
Starting July 2007, CCRC will have a completely “paperless” payment system with no more checks being sent • Federal Earned Income Credit – up to $4,536 Department of Education (consultation and support). year of monthly visits with a Parent Educator for
C-PEEP replaces older, energy-intensive equipment and provide a • construction paper
Child Care through the mail allowing a safe and secure payment method with convenient access for child care you visit us on business you will also be able to have • Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – up to $2,100 parents who have children 0-5 years old living in
variety of facility upgrades to assist you in controlling your energy • crayons specific areas. These visits include fun parent
Resource Center providers. All payments will then be issued by a Direct Deposit to a bank account of the provider’s choice, access to the library for your children. Please be
• California Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit – up to and child activities, which also teach the family
A non-profit organization, assured that even during the move, services will not costs, and reducing your operational costs. The program covers What you do: Let the child decorate the
or through PPC.
the Child Care Resource
be halted in any way and CCRC will continue
$1,050
about 80 percent of qualified equipment and installation costs. This Did You Know? empty oatmeal box with construction paper, about the age and stage of their child as they
Center (CCRC) has been Over the next few months CCRC will be working with its community of child care providers to inform them • Child Tax Credit – up to $1,000 grow throughout the year. These learning
supporting families in finding on both payment options. CCRC will now be able to make child care payments easier, electronically, safer
to provide all needed resources even
Parents or guardians of children can be eligible for these
can mean that for a small amount of money, a center can achieve
CCRC Needs Your Public Rate Sheet felt and/or crayons for a colorful effect. Place
the cover on the container. Use a pen to make
activities help the child build important school
while we make this great transition. reductions in energy use that will quickly recover its cost and can
good quality child care as well
and with complete confidentiality. By going “paperless” child care providers will avoid long lines at the bank, By Michelle Sobelman, CCRC Resource & Referral readiness skills. Each year, the PAT program
as child development services credits even if they do not owe any income taxes. Child save child care providers money. a hole in the center of the cover and in the holds four fun parent gatherings where all
and programs for their mix-ups with the post office, stolen checks and costly check cashing fees commonly associated with paper You may have noticed that we are
Care Resource Center (CCRC) a local non-profit is center of the bottom of the container. Through enrolled families can meet other parents in
children. Over the last 30 checks. utilizing technology to modernize Eligible childcare centers include Head Start, state-contracted and In the Contracting Department, we often receive questions about
spreading the word and wants parents and caregivers to these holes, pull and tie a piece of yarn long the same area and learn about other parent
years, the organization has our services. Last year we private centers served by: Southern California Edison (SCE) or San whether a licensed provider needs to submit a brochure or flyer
Providers can sign up for direct deposit now by contacting your take advantage of federal and state tax credits available enough to hang from the child’s neck to their resources in our program.
grown to serve a variety of
added on-line referrals for Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE). Priority is given to centers housed including their child care rates and terms, in addition to posting
community needs, making provider payments technician at: 818-756-3396. To sign up for to them when they do their taxes. it inside their child care facility, next to their license. The answer waist. Do not leave child unattended with yarn Other parent support services include our
parents and families looking in buildings at least 25 years old, centers serving low-income
CCRC a vital community a Provider Pay Card (PPC) you can to set an appointment to is YES! to prevent choking! Mommy (and Daddy) and Me classes held
for child care. This year we For information on free tax families and/or centers that have the greatest potential for energy
resource. at three local schools where parents and
sign up in person by contacting Jesse at (818) 756-3373 or preparation assistance or on child savings as determined by a free energy audit. The California Department of Education (CDE) is now requiring For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of
Main Office are changing our payment children engage in fun and educational
(661) 261-3126. PPC Sign ups will also be available at tax credits, call Child Care all licensed child care providers to submit your “Public Rate the pencils, secure with glue if necessary. Hit to play.
16650 Sherman Way system. Over the next few For more information on how the California Preschool Energy activities with other parents for three
CCRC Provider Forums. To read more about CCRC new Sheet” showing the usual and customary rates, or the rates they
Van Nuys, CA 91406
months, we’ll be Connection at (800) KIDS-793, or hours each week. The class provides a
818/756-3360 charge the public. TUPPERWARE DRUM SET
payment system get connected at www.ccrcla.org! visit: preschool environment where a Parent
introducing this new In order to ensure that there will be no disruption in payment or What you need (suggestions):
• www.irs.gov Educator leads the group in inside learning activities, songs, and
Northridge Office system that you can authorized child care hours, mail or bring in a copy of your
8510 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
read more about in this • http://www.parentvoices.org/ SAVE Public Rate Sheet by January 31, 2007.
• Empty coffee and/or vegetable cans
• Empty plastic soda bottles
outdoor play activities. This is also an opportunity for parents to
get to know their local school and to meet other parents with
818/256-1000 issue. resources.htm.
THE DATE! Right now CCRC is working on making sure each licensed • Dry beans young children. This wonderful part of CCRC’s program is made
provider is up to date on this new State requirement and has this possible through collaboration with the Van Nuys Community
Antelope Valley Office We’ll be talking about all 2007 PROVIDER FORUMS information on file in order to continue serving our providers
• Plastic containers
Adult School Department of Adult Career Education.
42281 10th Street, West these new changes during What you do: Empty coffee and vegetable cans make fun noises when tapped
and our families. If you do not currently have information Space is limited for some of these programs. To learn more about


Lancaster, CA 93534
the 2007 Provider Forums February 6th in the Van Nuys office posted regarding the rates you charge the public, CCRC can assist with a metal spoon and plastic containers are perfect for drums. Line up empty
661/949-0615 school readiness resources for your family, call CCRC today at 818-
and I hope to see you there: February 8th in the Antelope Valley office you in professionalizing your business and can provide Public soda or vinegar bottles and blow across the top of each bottle to create your own 256-1000 ext. 2016.
Call Toll Free February 6th and May 22nd in the Van May 22nd in the Van Nuys office Rate Sheet samples and one-on-one assistance to helping you flute. Toss some coins, rice or dry beans into an empty tin can, cover with a
1-866/674-KIDS create your own facility’s Public Rate Sheet.
Nuys office, February 8th and May 24th in the washcloth secured by a rubber band, and shake for fun maracas, make sure
www.ccrcla.org
May 24th in the Antelope Valley office This will help ensure consistency, give your business a
Antelope Valley office. there are no sharp edges. Gently tapping the sides of empty cans or bottles
Forums will start at 6 p.m. to allow time for providers to meet with professional feel, and help you when you need to provide

abc
makes a pretty sound, but use caution with smaller children.
Best Wishes for 2007!
CCRC Perspectives
a quarterly publication of the
Michael Olenick
WEBSITE RESOURCES CCRC Payment technicians to sign up for direct deposit or a information to parents and potential clients.
If you would like more information about the Public Rate please
Child Care Resource C e n t e r. w w w. p a r e n t v o i c e s . o r g Provider Pay Card (PPC). The forum agenda will start at 7
CCRC President & CEO call Jesse in the CCRC Northridge office at 818-256-1000 or in
Editor: Juliet Mothershed. For w w w. k i d s h e a l t h . o r g p.m. For more information on CCRC Provider Forums
questions, comments or info, the Antelope Valley office at 661-949-0615.
w w w. c c r c l a . o r g please call External Relations at
please call 818/256-1000
818-256-1035.
SCHOOL
READINESS:
It’s For the
Whole Family
By Heather Malley,
CCRC School Readiness Initiative (SRI)
Music is a great way to introduce creativity, rhythm
Message from the CEO Be Prepared for Tax Season! Child Care Centers: Reduce Your Utility Bills in 2007! and even math skills to children. Set up a music band
Program Evaluator

W
In This Issue appy 2007 to all of you! The beginning of a new year is an Big tax credits for working parents and caregivers of children with plastic containers. Have a fun

H T
he California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (C-PEEP) Efficiency Program (CPEEP) can help you call the Low Income
CCRC Provider Payments exciting time to talk about change and there are good changes add up to thousands of dollars can help eligible child care centers reduce their monthly utility Investment Fund at: 415-489-6145 or email CPEEP@liifund.org. performance in your living room and cheer on the band! You can even
hen parents want to prepare their child for
school, they often have questions about
Now Made Easy & Electronic happening with CCRC! This summer CCRC will consolidate its bills. Did you know that changing just one regular light bulb to You can also visit the website at: http://www.liifund.org. On the home help kids make their own instruments and drums! parenting support services or learning about

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Cover Story p. 1 very year, hundreds of people miss out on valuable tax
two San Fernando Valley Offices in Van Nuys and Northridge and a compact fluorescent bulb saves approximately $20 per year? page, under child care, click the link to the California Preschool MARCHING DRUM activities that they can do at home with young
credits. Don’t let this happen to you! Tax credits worth children. Parents should know that CCRC’s school

I
n 2007 CCRC is launching a new payment system for its contracted child care providers. CCRC now move them both to a new office in Chatsworth. This will allow CCRC to If you have 10 light bulbs in your child care center that can mean a Energy Efficiency Program. What you need:
News p. 2 thousands of dollars can make tax season a good thing for
offers Provider Pay Cards (PPC) in addition to Direct Deposit as a way child care providers can receive readiness program offers fun and free ways to learn
serve the community better by having all of our resources in one working parents or guardians of dependent children. savings of $200 each year! • empty oatmeal container
Health p. 3 their payments electronically. Direct Deposit is an electronic deposit straight to your bank account that The California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program is a how to support your child in getting ready to enter
convenient location with plenty of parking and a lobby designed to • yarn
The program is funded by the California Public Utility Commission collaboration of organizations: Low-Income Investment Fund, kindergarten.
works just like a regular deposit you make at the bank. PPC works just like a debit/ATM card giving give guests the best customer service. The new office will Don’t be afraid to ask your income tax professional about these • pen
Fun & Events p. 4 through Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, California Through CCRC’s School Readiness Initiative (SRI),
electronic access to payment funds at any point of sale. also be the new home for the San Fernando Valley credits for individuals with children or other dependents: • 2 pencils
Electric (SDGE). Head Start Association, Intergy Corporation and the California the Parents as Teachers Program (PAT) offers a

CCRC Book, Toy and Resource Library. Now when • 2 empty spools of thread
Starting July 2007, CCRC will have a completely “paperless” payment system with no more checks being sent • Federal Earned Income Credit – up to $4,536 Department of Education (consultation and support). year of monthly visits with a Parent Educator for
C-PEEP replaces older, energy-intensive equipment and provide a • construction paper
Child Care through the mail allowing a safe and secure payment method with convenient access for child care you visit us on business you will also be able to have • Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – up to $2,100 parents who have children 0-5 years old living in
variety of facility upgrades to assist you in controlling your energy • crayons specific areas. These visits include fun parent
Resource Center providers. All payments will then be issued by a Direct Deposit to a bank account of the provider’s choice, access to the library for your children. Please be
• California Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit – up to and child activities, which also teach the family
A non-profit organization, assured that even during the move, services will not costs, and reducing your operational costs. The program covers What you do: Let the child decorate the
or through PPC.
the Child Care Resource
be halted in any way and CCRC will continue
$1,050
about 80 percent of qualified equipment and installation costs. This Did You Know? empty oatmeal box with construction paper, about the age and stage of their child as they
Center (CCRC) has been Over the next few months CCRC will be working with its community of child care providers to inform them • Child Tax Credit – up to $1,000 grow throughout the year. These learning
supporting families in finding on both payment options. CCRC will now be able to make child care payments easier, electronically, safer
to provide all needed resources even
Parents or guardians of children can be eligible for these
can mean that for a small amount of money, a center can achieve
CCRC Needs Your Public Rate Sheet felt and/or crayons for a colorful effect. Place
the cover on the container. Use a pen to make
activities help the child build important school
while we make this great transition. reductions in energy use that will quickly recover its cost and can
good quality child care as well
and with complete confidentiality. By going “paperless” child care providers will avoid long lines at the bank, By Michelle Sobelman, CCRC Resource & Referral readiness skills. Each year, the PAT program
as child development services credits even if they do not owe any income taxes. Child save child care providers money. a hole in the center of the cover and in the holds four fun parent gatherings where all
and programs for their mix-ups with the post office, stolen checks and costly check cashing fees commonly associated with paper You may have noticed that we are
Care Resource Center (CCRC) a local non-profit is center of the bottom of the container. Through enrolled families can meet other parents in
children. Over the last 30 checks. utilizing technology to modernize Eligible childcare centers include Head Start, state-contracted and In the Contracting Department, we often receive questions about
spreading the word and wants parents and caregivers to these holes, pull and tie a piece of yarn long the same area and learn about other parent
years, the organization has our services. Last year we private centers served by: Southern California Edison (SCE) or San whether a licensed provider needs to submit a brochure or flyer
Providers can sign up for direct deposit now by contacting your take advantage of federal and state tax credits available enough to hang from the child’s neck to their resources in our program.
grown to serve a variety of
added on-line referrals for Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE). Priority is given to centers housed including their child care rates and terms, in addition to posting
community needs, making provider payments technician at: 818-756-3396. To sign up for to them when they do their taxes. it inside their child care facility, next to their license. The answer waist. Do not leave child unattended with yarn Other parent support services include our
parents and families looking in buildings at least 25 years old, centers serving low-income
CCRC a vital community a Provider Pay Card (PPC) you can to set an appointment to is YES! to prevent choking! Mommy (and Daddy) and Me classes held
for child care. This year we For information on free tax families and/or centers that have the greatest potential for energy
resource. at three local schools where parents and
sign up in person by contacting Jesse at (818) 756-3373 or preparation assistance or on child savings as determined by a free energy audit. The California Department of Education (CDE) is now requiring For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of
Main Office are changing our payment children engage in fun and educational
(661) 261-3126. PPC Sign ups will also be available at tax credits, call Child Care all licensed child care providers to submit your “Public Rate the pencils, secure with glue if necessary. Hit to play.
16650 Sherman Way system. Over the next few For more information on how the California Preschool Energy activities with other parents for three
CCRC Provider Forums. To read more about CCRC new Sheet” showing the usual and customary rates, or the rates they
Van Nuys, CA 91406
months, we’ll be Connection at (800) KIDS-793, or hours each week. The class provides a
818/756-3360 charge the public. TUPPERWARE DRUM SET
payment system get connected at www.ccrcla.org! visit: preschool environment where a Parent
introducing this new In order to ensure that there will be no disruption in payment or What you need (suggestions):
• www.irs.gov Educator leads the group in inside learning activities, songs, and
Northridge Office system that you can authorized child care hours, mail or bring in a copy of your
8510 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
read more about in this • http://www.parentvoices.org/ SAVE Public Rate Sheet by January 31, 2007.
• Empty coffee and/or vegetable cans
• Empty plastic soda bottles
outdoor play activities. This is also an opportunity for parents to
get to know their local school and to meet other parents with
818/256-1000 issue. resources.htm.
THE DATE! Right now CCRC is working on making sure each licensed • Dry beans young children. This wonderful part of CCRC’s program is made
provider is up to date on this new State requirement and has this possible through collaboration with the Van Nuys Community
Antelope Valley Office We’ll be talking about all 2007 PROVIDER FORUMS information on file in order to continue serving our providers
• Plastic containers
Adult School Department of Adult Career Education.
42281 10th Street, West these new changes during What you do: Empty coffee and vegetable cans make fun noises when tapped
and our families. If you do not currently have information Space is limited for some of these programs. To learn more about


Lancaster, CA 93534
the 2007 Provider Forums February 6th in the Van Nuys office posted regarding the rates you charge the public, CCRC can assist with a metal spoon and plastic containers are perfect for drums. Line up empty
661/949-0615 school readiness resources for your family, call CCRC today at 818-
and I hope to see you there: February 8th in the Antelope Valley office you in professionalizing your business and can provide Public soda or vinegar bottles and blow across the top of each bottle to create your own 256-1000 ext. 2016.
Call Toll Free February 6th and May 22nd in the Van May 22nd in the Van Nuys office Rate Sheet samples and one-on-one assistance to helping you flute. Toss some coins, rice or dry beans into an empty tin can, cover with a
1-866/674-KIDS create your own facility’s Public Rate Sheet.
Nuys office, February 8th and May 24th in the washcloth secured by a rubber band, and shake for fun maracas, make sure
www.ccrcla.org
May 24th in the Antelope Valley office This will help ensure consistency, give your business a
Antelope Valley office. there are no sharp edges. Gently tapping the sides of empty cans or bottles
Forums will start at 6 p.m. to allow time for providers to meet with professional feel, and help you when you need to provide

abc
makes a pretty sound, but use caution with smaller children.
Best Wishes for 2007!
CCRC Perspectives
a quarterly publication of the
Michael Olenick
WEBSITE RESOURCES CCRC Payment technicians to sign up for direct deposit or a information to parents and potential clients.
If you would like more information about the Public Rate please
Child Care Resource C e n t e r. w w w. p a r e n t v o i c e s . o r g Provider Pay Card (PPC). The forum agenda will start at 7
CCRC President & CEO call Jesse in the CCRC Northridge office at 818-256-1000 or in
Editor: Juliet Mothershed. For w w w. k i d s h e a l t h . o r g p.m. For more information on CCRC Provider Forums
questions, comments or info, the Antelope Valley office at 661-949-0615.
w w w. c c r c l a . o r g please call External Relations at
please call 818/256-1000
818-256-1035.
SCHOOL
READINESS:
It’s For the
Whole Family
By Heather Malley,
CCRC School Readiness Initiative (SRI)
Music is a great way to introduce creativity, rhythm
Message from the CEO Be Prepared for Tax Season! Child Care Centers: Reduce Your Utility Bills in 2007! and even math skills to children. Set up a music band
Program Evaluator

W
In This Issue appy 2007 to all of you! The beginning of a new year is an Big tax credits for working parents and caregivers of children with plastic containers. Have a fun

H T
he California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (C-PEEP) Efficiency Program (CPEEP) can help you call the Low Income
CCRC Provider Payments exciting time to talk about change and there are good changes add up to thousands of dollars can help eligible child care centers reduce their monthly utility Investment Fund at: 415-489-6145 or email CPEEP@liifund.org. performance in your living room and cheer on the band! You can even
hen parents want to prepare their child for
school, they often have questions about
Now Made Easy & Electronic happening with CCRC! This summer CCRC will consolidate its bills. Did you know that changing just one regular light bulb to You can also visit the website at: http://www.liifund.org. On the home help kids make their own instruments and drums! parenting support services or learning about

E
Cover Story p. 1 very year, hundreds of people miss out on valuable tax
two San Fernando Valley Offices in Van Nuys and Northridge and a compact fluorescent bulb saves approximately $20 per year? page, under child care, click the link to the California Preschool MARCHING DRUM activities that they can do at home with young
credits. Don’t let this happen to you! Tax credits worth children. Parents should know that CCRC’s school

I
n 2007 CCRC is launching a new payment system for its contracted child care providers. CCRC now move them both to a new office in Chatsworth. This will allow CCRC to If you have 10 light bulbs in your child care center that can mean a Energy Efficiency Program. What you need:
News p. 2 thousands of dollars can make tax season a good thing for
offers Provider Pay Cards (PPC) in addition to Direct Deposit as a way child care providers can receive readiness program offers fun and free ways to learn
serve the community better by having all of our resources in one working parents or guardians of dependent children. savings of $200 each year! • empty oatmeal container
Health p. 3 their payments electronically. Direct Deposit is an electronic deposit straight to your bank account that The California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program is a how to support your child in getting ready to enter
convenient location with plenty of parking and a lobby designed to • yarn
The program is funded by the California Public Utility Commission collaboration of organizations: Low-Income Investment Fund, kindergarten.
works just like a regular deposit you make at the bank. PPC works just like a debit/ATM card giving give guests the best customer service. The new office will Don’t be afraid to ask your income tax professional about these • pen
Fun & Events p. 4 through Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, California Through CCRC’s School Readiness Initiative (SRI),
electronic access to payment funds at any point of sale. also be the new home for the San Fernando Valley credits for individuals with children or other dependents: • 2 pencils
Electric (SDGE). Head Start Association, Intergy Corporation and the California the Parents as Teachers Program (PAT) offers a

CCRC Book, Toy and Resource Library. Now when • 2 empty spools of thread
Starting July 2007, CCRC will have a completely “paperless” payment system with no more checks being sent • Federal Earned Income Credit – up to $4,536 Department of Education (consultation and support). year of monthly visits with a Parent Educator for
C-PEEP replaces older, energy-intensive equipment and provide a • construction paper
Child Care through the mail allowing a safe and secure payment method with convenient access for child care you visit us on business you will also be able to have • Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – up to $2,100 parents who have children 0-5 years old living in
variety of facility upgrades to assist you in controlling your energy • crayons specific areas. These visits include fun parent
Resource Center providers. All payments will then be issued by a Direct Deposit to a bank account of the provider’s choice, access to the library for your children. Please be
• California Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit – up to and child activities, which also teach the family
A non-profit organization, assured that even during the move, services will not costs, and reducing your operational costs. The program covers What you do: Let the child decorate the
or through PPC.
the Child Care Resource
be halted in any way and CCRC will continue
$1,050
about 80 percent of qualified equipment and installation costs. This Did You Know? empty oatmeal box with construction paper, about the age and stage of their child as they
Center (CCRC) has been Over the next few months CCRC will be working with its community of child care providers to inform them • Child Tax Credit – up to $1,000 grow throughout the year. These learning
supporting families in finding on both payment options. CCRC will now be able to make child care payments easier, electronically, safer
to provide all needed resources even
Parents or guardians of children can be eligible for these
can mean that for a small amount of money, a center can achieve
CCRC Needs Your Public Rate Sheet felt and/or crayons for a colorful effect. Place
the cover on the container. Use a pen to make
activities help the child build important school
while we make this great transition. reductions in energy use that will quickly recover its cost and can
good quality child care as well
and with complete confidentiality. By going “paperless” child care providers will avoid long lines at the bank, By Michelle Sobelman, CCRC Resource & Referral readiness skills. Each year, the PAT program
as child development services credits even if they do not owe any income taxes. Child save child care providers money. a hole in the center of the cover and in the holds four fun parent gatherings where all
and programs for their mix-ups with the post office, stolen checks and costly check cashing fees commonly associated with paper You may have noticed that we are
Care Resource Center (CCRC) a local non-profit is center of the bottom of the container. Through enrolled families can meet other parents in
children. Over the last 30 checks. utilizing technology to modernize Eligible childcare centers include Head Start, state-contracted and In the Contracting Department, we often receive questions about
spreading the word and wants parents and caregivers to these holes, pull and tie a piece of yarn long the same area and learn about other parent
years, the organization has our services. Last year we private centers served by: Southern California Edison (SCE) or San whether a licensed provider needs to submit a brochure or flyer
Providers can sign up for direct deposit now by contacting your take advantage of federal and state tax credits available enough to hang from the child’s neck to their resources in our program.
grown to serve a variety of
added on-line referrals for Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE). Priority is given to centers housed including their child care rates and terms, in addition to posting
community needs, making provider payments technician at: 818-756-3396. To sign up for to them when they do their taxes. it inside their child care facility, next to their license. The answer waist. Do not leave child unattended with yarn Other parent support services include our
parents and families looking in buildings at least 25 years old, centers serving low-income
CCRC a vital community a Provider Pay Card (PPC) you can to set an appointment to is YES! to prevent choking! Mommy (and Daddy) and Me classes held
for child care. This year we For information on free tax families and/or centers that have the greatest potential for energy
resource. at three local schools where parents and
sign up in person by contacting Jesse at (818) 756-3373 or preparation assistance or on child savings as determined by a free energy audit. The California Department of Education (CDE) is now requiring For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of
Main Office are changing our payment children engage in fun and educational
(661) 261-3126. PPC Sign ups will also be available at tax credits, call Child Care all licensed child care providers to submit your “Public Rate the pencils, secure with glue if necessary. Hit to play.
16650 Sherman Way system. Over the next few For more information on how the California Preschool Energy activities with other parents for three
CCRC Provider Forums. To read more about CCRC new Sheet” showing the usual and customary rates, or the rates they
Van Nuys, CA 91406
months, we’ll be Connection at (800) KIDS-793, or hours each week. The class provides a
818/756-3360 charge the public. TUPPERWARE DRUM SET
payment system get connected at www.ccrcla.org! visit: preschool environment where a Parent
introducing this new In order to ensure that there will be no disruption in payment or What you need (suggestions):
• www.irs.gov Educator leads the group in inside learning activities, songs, and
Northridge Office system that you can authorized child care hours, mail or bring in a copy of your
8510 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
read more about in this • http://www.parentvoices.org/ SAVE Public Rate Sheet by January 31, 2007.
• Empty coffee and/or vegetable cans
• Empty plastic soda bottles
outdoor play activities. This is also an opportunity for parents to
get to know their local school and to meet other parents with
818/256-1000 issue. resources.htm.
THE DATE! Right now CCRC is working on making sure each licensed • Dry beans young children. This wonderful part of CCRC’s program is made
provider is up to date on this new State requirement and has this possible through collaboration with the Van Nuys Community
Antelope Valley Office We’ll be talking about all 2007 PROVIDER FORUMS information on file in order to continue serving our providers
• Plastic containers
Adult School Department of Adult Career Education.
42281 10th Street, West these new changes during What you do: Empty coffee and vegetable cans make fun noises when tapped
and our families. If you do not currently have information Space is limited for some of these programs. To learn more about


Lancaster, CA 93534
the 2007 Provider Forums February 6th in the Van Nuys office posted regarding the rates you charge the public, CCRC can assist with a metal spoon and plastic containers are perfect for drums. Line up empty
661/949-0615 school readiness resources for your family, call CCRC today at 818-
and I hope to see you there: February 8th in the Antelope Valley office you in professionalizing your business and can provide Public soda or vinegar bottles and blow across the top of each bottle to create your own 256-1000 ext. 2016.
Call Toll Free February 6th and May 22nd in the Van May 22nd in the Van Nuys office Rate Sheet samples and one-on-one assistance to helping you flute. Toss some coins, rice or dry beans into an empty tin can, cover with a
1-866/674-KIDS create your own facility’s Public Rate Sheet.
Nuys office, February 8th and May 24th in the washcloth secured by a rubber band, and shake for fun maracas, make sure
www.ccrcla.org
May 24th in the Antelope Valley office This will help ensure consistency, give your business a
Antelope Valley office. there are no sharp edges. Gently tapping the sides of empty cans or bottles
Forums will start at 6 p.m. to allow time for providers to meet with professional feel, and help you when you need to provide

abc
makes a pretty sound, but use caution with smaller children.
Best Wishes for 2007!
CCRC Perspectives
a quarterly publication of the
Michael Olenick
WEBSITE RESOURCES CCRC Payment technicians to sign up for direct deposit or a information to parents and potential clients.
If you would like more information about the Public Rate please
Child Care Resource C e n t e r. w w w. p a r e n t v o i c e s . o r g Provider Pay Card (PPC). The forum agenda will start at 7
CCRC President & CEO call Jesse in the CCRC Northridge office at 818-256-1000 or in
Editor: Juliet Mothershed. For w w w. k i d s h e a l t h . o r g p.m. For more information on CCRC Provider Forums
questions, comments or info, the Antelope Valley office at 661-949-0615.
w w w. c c r c l a . o r g please call External Relations at
please call 818/256-1000
818-256-1035.
SCHOOL
READINESS:
It’s For the
Whole Family
By Heather Malley,
CCRC School Readiness Initiative (SRI)
Music is a great way to introduce creativity, rhythm
Message from the CEO Be Prepared for Tax Season! Child Care Centers: Reduce Your Utility Bills in 2007! and even math skills to children. Set up a music band
Program Evaluator

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In This Issue appy 2007 to all of you! The beginning of a new year is an Big tax credits for working parents and caregivers of children with plastic containers. Have a fun

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he California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (C-PEEP) Efficiency Program (CPEEP) can help you call the Low Income
CCRC Provider Payments exciting time to talk about change and there are good changes add up to thousands of dollars can help eligible child care centers reduce their monthly utility Investment Fund at: 415-489-6145 or email CPEEP@liifund.org. performance in your living room and cheer on the band! You can even
hen parents want to prepare their child for
school, they often have questions about
Now Made Easy & Electronic happening with CCRC! This summer CCRC will consolidate its bills. Did you know that changing just one regular light bulb to You can also visit the website at: http://www.liifund.org. On the home help kids make their own instruments and drums! parenting support services or learning about

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Cover Story p. 1 very year, hundreds of people miss out on valuable tax
two San Fernando Valley Offices in Van Nuys and Northridge and a compact fluorescent bulb saves approximately $20 per year? page, under child care, click the link to the California Preschool MARCHING DRUM activities that they can do at home with young
credits. Don’t let this happen to you! Tax credits worth children. Parents should know that CCRC’s school

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n 2007 CCRC is launching a new payment system for its contracted child care providers. CCRC now move them both to a new office in Chatsworth. This will allow CCRC to If you have 10 light bulbs in your child care center that can mean a Energy Efficiency Program. What you need:
News p. 2 thousands of dollars can make tax season a good thing for
offers Provider Pay Cards (PPC) in addition to Direct Deposit as a way child care providers can receive readiness program offers fun and free ways to learn
serve the community better by having all of our resources in one working parents or guardians of dependent children. savings of $200 each year! • empty oatmeal container
Health p. 3 their payments electronically. Direct Deposit is an electronic deposit straight to your bank account that The California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program is a how to support your child in getting ready to enter
convenient location with plenty of parking and a lobby designed to • yarn
The program is funded by the California Public Utility Commission collaboration of organizations: Low-Income Investment Fund, kindergarten.
works just like a regular deposit you make at the bank. PPC works just like a debit/ATM card giving give guests the best customer service. The new office will Don’t be afraid to ask your income tax professional about these • pen
Fun & Events p. 4 through Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, California Through CCRC’s School Readiness Initiative (SRI),
electronic access to payment funds at any point of sale. also be the new home for the San Fernando Valley credits for individuals with children or other dependents: • 2 pencils
Electric (SDGE). Head Start Association, Intergy Corporation and the California the Parents as Teachers Program (PAT) offers a

CCRC Book, Toy and Resource Library. Now when • 2 empty spools of thread
Starting July 2007, CCRC will have a completely “paperless” payment system with no more checks being sent • Federal Earned Income Credit – up to $4,536 Department of Education (consultation and support). year of monthly visits with a Parent Educator for
C-PEEP replaces older, energy-intensive equipment and provide a • construction paper
Child Care through the mail allowing a safe and secure payment method with convenient access for child care you visit us on business you will also be able to have • Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – up to $2,100 parents who have children 0-5 years old living in
variety of facility upgrades to assist you in controlling your energy • crayons specific areas. These visits include fun parent
Resource Center providers. All payments will then be issued by a Direct Deposit to a bank account of the provider’s choice, access to the library for your children. Please be
• California Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit – up to and child activities, which also teach the family
A non-profit organization, assured that even during the move, services will not costs, and reducing your operational costs. The program covers What you do: Let the child decorate the
or through PPC.
the Child Care Resource
be halted in any way and CCRC will continue
$1,050
about 80 percent of qualified equipment and installation costs. This Did You Know? empty oatmeal box with construction paper, about the age and stage of their child as they
Center (CCRC) has been Over the next few months CCRC will be working with its community of child care providers to inform them • Child Tax Credit – up to $1,000 grow throughout the year. These learning
supporting families in finding on both payment options. CCRC will now be able to make child care payments easier, electronically, safer
to provide all needed resources even
Parents or guardians of children can be eligible for these
can mean that for a small amount of money, a center can achieve
CCRC Needs Your Public Rate Sheet felt and/or crayons for a colorful effect. Place
the cover on the container. Use a pen to make
activities help the child build important school
while we make this great transition. reductions in energy use that will quickly recover its cost and can
good quality child care as well
and with complete confidentiality. By going “paperless” child care providers will avoid long lines at the bank, By Michelle Sobelman, CCRC Resource & Referral readiness skills. Each year, the PAT program
as child development services credits even if they do not owe any income taxes. Child save child care providers money. a hole in the center of the cover and in the holds four fun parent gatherings where all
and programs for their mix-ups with the post office, stolen checks and costly check cashing fees commonly associated with paper You may have noticed that we are
Care Resource Center (CCRC) a local non-profit is center of the bottom of the container. Through enrolled families can meet other parents in
children. Over the last 30 checks. utilizing technology to modernize Eligible childcare centers include Head Start, state-contracted and In the Contracting Department, we often receive questions about
spreading the word and wants parents and caregivers to these holes, pull and tie a piece of yarn long the same area and learn about other parent
years, the organization has our services. Last year we private centers served by: Southern California Edison (SCE) or San whether a licensed provider needs to submit a brochure or flyer
Providers can sign up for direct deposit now by contacting your take advantage of federal and state tax credits available enough to hang from the child’s neck to their resources in our program.
grown to serve a variety of
added on-line referrals for Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE). Priority is given to centers housed including their child care rates and terms, in addition to posting
community needs, making provider payments technician at: 818-756-3396. To sign up for to them when they do their taxes. it inside their child care facility, next to their license. The answer waist. Do not leave child unattended with yarn Other parent support services include our
parents and families looking in buildings at least 25 years old, centers serving low-income
CCRC a vital community a Provider Pay Card (PPC) you can to set an appointment to is YES! to prevent choking! Mommy (and Daddy) and Me classes held
for child care. This year we For information on free tax families and/or centers that have the greatest potential for energy
resource. at three local schools where parents and
sign up in person by contacting Jesse at (818) 756-3373 or preparation assistance or on child savings as determined by a free energy audit. The California Department of Education (CDE) is now requiring For the drumsticks, place the spools at the ends of
Main Office are changing our payment children engage in fun and educational
(661) 261-3126. PPC Sign ups will also be available at tax credits, call Child Care all licensed child care providers to submit your “Public Rate the pencils, secure with glue if necessary. Hit to play.
16650 Sherman Way system. Over the next few For more information on how the California Preschool Energy activities with other parents for three
CCRC Provider Forums. To read more about CCRC new Sheet” showing the usual and customary rates, or the rates they
Van Nuys, CA 91406
months, we’ll be Connection at (800) KIDS-793, or hours each week. The class provides a
818/756-3360 charge the public. TUPPERWARE DRUM SET
payment system get connected at www.ccrcla.org! visit: preschool environment where a Parent
introducing this new In order to ensure that there will be no disruption in payment or What you need (suggestions):
• www.irs.gov Educator leads the group in inside learning activities, songs, and
Northridge Office system that you can authorized child care hours, mail or bring in a copy of your
8510 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
read more about in this • http://www.parentvoices.org/ SAVE Public Rate Sheet by January 31, 2007.
• Empty coffee and/or vegetable cans
• Empty plastic soda bottles
outdoor play activities. This is also an opportunity for parents to
get to know their local school and to meet other parents with
818/256-1000 issue. resources.htm.
THE DATE! Right now CCRC is working on making sure each licensed • Dry beans young children. This wonderful part of CCRC’s program is made
provider is up to date on this new State requirement and has this possible through collaboration with the Van Nuys Community
Antelope Valley Office We’ll be talking about all 2007 PROVIDER FORUMS information on file in order to continue serving our providers
• Plastic containers
Adult School Department of Adult Career Education.
42281 10th Street, West these new changes during What you do: Empty coffee and vegetable cans make fun noises when tapped
and our families. If you do not currently have information Space is limited for some of these programs. To learn more about


Lancaster, CA 93534
the 2007 Provider Forums February 6th in the Van Nuys office posted regarding the rates you charge the public, CCRC can assist with a metal spoon and plastic containers are perfect for drums. Line up empty
661/949-0615 school readiness resources for your family, call CCRC today at 818-
and I hope to see you there: February 8th in the Antelope Valley office you in professionalizing your business and can provide Public soda or vinegar bottles and blow across the top of each bottle to create your own 256-1000 ext. 2016.
Call Toll Free February 6th and May 22nd in the Van May 22nd in the Van Nuys office Rate Sheet samples and one-on-one assistance to helping you flute. Toss some coins, rice or dry beans into an empty tin can, cover with a
1-866/674-KIDS create your own facility’s Public Rate Sheet.
Nuys office, February 8th and May 24th in the washcloth secured by a rubber band, and shake for fun maracas, make sure
www.ccrcla.org
May 24th in the Antelope Valley office This will help ensure consistency, give your business a
Antelope Valley office. there are no sharp edges. Gently tapping the sides of empty cans or bottles
Forums will start at 6 p.m. to allow time for providers to meet with professional feel, and help you when you need to provide

abc
makes a pretty sound, but use caution with smaller children.
Best Wishes for 2007!
CCRC Perspectives
a quarterly publication of the
Michael Olenick
WEBSITE RESOURCES CCRC Payment technicians to sign up for direct deposit or a information to parents and potential clients.
If you would like more information about the Public Rate please
Child Care Resource C e n t e r. w w w. p a r e n t v o i c e s . o r g Provider Pay Card (PPC). The forum agenda will start at 7
CCRC President & CEO call Jesse in the CCRC Northridge office at 818-256-1000 or in
Editor: Juliet Mothershed. For w w w. k i d s h e a l t h . o r g p.m. For more information on CCRC Provider Forums
questions, comments or info, the Antelope Valley office at 661-949-0615.
w w w. c c r c l a . o r g please call External Relations at
please call 818/256-1000
818-256-1035.