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Child Development Conference

16th Annual Child Development Conference
"Celebrating 45 Years of Service"

Keynote Speaker -
Refujio "Cuco" Rodriguez Rodriguez

In his current position as Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Division Chief for Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) for Santa Barbara County, Mr. Rodriguez oversees and manages the full range of operational functions for MHSA including implementation and oversight of MHSA Services. Additionally, he is also responsible for providing leadership and oversight of cultural competence requirements for ADMHS.

Prior to working at ADMHS, Refujio worked in various positions for several nonprofit agencies. Early in his career, Mr. Rodriguez co-founded a nationally recognized program providing services to high risk adolescent fathers.  The success of this program lead to the launching of several other program initiatives focusing on services for men of all ages, including father engagement programs in early childhood education and gang intervention programs for Latino Youth.  Mr. Rodriguez also developed, implemented, and managed mental health programs and services for vulnerable youth and families in Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Rodriguez is a husband to Nelda Olvera-Rodriguez and father to Fabian Ollin and Yazmin Metztli. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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CALL FOR PRESENTERS:

We believe that your expertise would support this year’s Conference Theme. You are invited to submit an application to present a workshop.

We are seeking presentations that are research and evidence-based and reflect practices found to be successful for developing young minds. You are encouraged to include hands-on presentations and activities whenever appropriate. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to share your knowledge, experience, and expertise.

Participants attending the conference will include:

Family Child Care Providers
Early Care & Education (ECE) Center Staff
Professionals in the ECE Community

Each workshop will accommodate 30-40 participants and will be 75 minutes long.  Please complete the Workshop Proposal and return it by February 15, 2017.
If you have any questions or would like additional information please call Debora Harris at: (805) 925-7030 or e-mail dharris@sbfcc.org

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Thrift Store

 

 

 

 


Supporting the work that we do as a whole Agency, Children’s Resource & Referral (CRR) Thrift Store & Donation Center is dedicated to our Community. In an effort to assist people getting back to work, and in collaboration with Community Partners, CRR Thrift Store donates clothing to individuals who are seeking employment, interviewing and beginning a new career. (Referral Voucher Required).  Store hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Donations welcome. Visit our store located at 613 E. Main Street in Santa Maria. 

     
 

Wish List



Agency Vehicle.
Hoping to acquire a Passenger Van that will be used to support our staff in their travels, to out of town conferences and trainings, as well as traveling within the County to conduct workshops for Child Care Providers, guiding them toward accreditation.

Tables & Chairs for trainings and workshops. We do not have enough chairs to accommodate all of the child care providers that we are serving through trainings and workshops. 

Family Child Care providers are welcome to come into our office any time during business hours, and use our teacher supply station to create fun and educational opportunities for children to learn.  We currently have a die-cut machine, however, the providers would greatly benefit from the use of a Cricut Explore machine that uses computer software to design and cut out materials in just seconds. 

Pay-As-You-Go cellular phone.  Our staff coordinate and host off-site trainings and workshops to Family Child Care Providers to enhance the quality of child care.  To accommodate the Family Child Care Providers’ schedule, these trainings are usually at night, and at a location away from our physical offices.  Our staff would greatly benefit from having an Agency cellular phone that they could carry with them on the night of trainings in order to be reached by the Providers.

Letter Folding Machine – It currently takes a lot of staff time to print, fold, stuff, and label each mailing that goes out to over 400 child care providers in our County.  There are machines that help simplify this process, so that our staff can focus on the more important work.

Lending Library Software Update – the current software program is from 2004, and would benefit from newer software. 

Spanish/Bilingual books for library.  Our library contains reading books for children, as well as educational resources for parents and child care providers.  Given our large Hispanic community, it would be beneficial to provide more books in Spanish.

Rack to Display Large Books.  Many children’s books are over-sized, which is helpful for teachers when they are reading and displaying to a large crowd of children.  However, it is difficult to store these books.  A rack to display them in our Lending Library would be tremendously helpful. 

Wireless Headset for Phones – so that receptionists can be making photocopies or over at the Lending Library computer, and still be able to answer the telephone when clients call. 

Language Interpretation Wireless System – So many of the child care providers in our area are monolingual Spanish speakers.  We strive to offer every training and workshop in both Spanish and English, which usually requires an interpreter, and slows down the comprehension for both languages.  The wireless language interpretation system allows the translator to speak softly into a headset and transmit the interpreted words to the foreign-language listeners, without interrupting the native-language presentation. 

Laminating Machine – Currently we provide laminating services in both Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. However, the Santa Barbara Laminator is no longer working properly and we have had to turn away clients from our Santa Barbara office. This is a tremendous resource to child care providers, as they laminate their curriculum materials making them last much longer. 

Plastic Rubbermaid bins for storing supplies.  We are constantly rotating and using craft supplies, as well as larger supplies for our annual Child Development Conference weekend, and our Starry Night Auction and Dinner.  Our storage supply closet is difficult to maneuver, and having some storage bins would help organization, and prevent re-purchasing items we already have but cannot locate in the disorganized closet.