Statewide Initiatives

Our Mission

The state of California has a 40-year investment in building out a system of local child care resource and referral (R&R) programs. The goal of our statewide initiatives is to create a coordinated system of service delivery leveraging the state’s investment to create quality R&R services and expand the work of R&R to promote culturally aligned support to families and child care providers.

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

Melanie Dodson
mdodson@sonoma4cs.org | 707-544-3077

PDG Contact

Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

Lorie Siebler, Child Care Resource Dept. Director lsiebler@sonoma4cs.org

Sandra Lemus, Parent Engagement Coordinator slemus@sonoma4cs.org

TIC Contact

Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

Sandra Lemus, Parent Engagement Coordinator slemus@sonoma4cs.org

Primary Contact

Del Norte Child Care Council

Melodee Mitchell
melodee@dnccc.com | 707-464-8311

PDG Contact

Del Norte Child Care Council

Sarah Noll
sarah@dnccc.com | 707-951-8604

Primary Contact

Changing Tides Family Services

Kerry Venegas
kvenegas@changingtidesfs.org | 707-444-8293

PDG Contact

Changing Tides Family Services

Amanda Steibach
ASteinbach@changingtidesfs.org

Primary Contact

North Coast Opportunities

Teri Sedrick
tsedrick@ncoinc.org | 707-263-4688 x 410

PDG Contact

North Coast Opportunities

Jamie Castaldo
jcastaldo@ncoinc.org | 707-994-4018

Primary Contact

North Coast Opportunities

Teri Sedrick
tsedrick@ncoinc.org | 707-263-4688 x 410

PDG Contact

North Coast Opportunities

Jamie Castaldo
jcastaldo@ncoinc.org | 707-994-4018

Primary Contact

River to Coast Children’s Services

Donna Roper
droper@rccservices.org | 707-869-3613 x 105

PDG Contact

River to Coast Children’s Services

Elaina Boyce
eboyce@rccservices.org | 707-869-3613 x 104

Soledad Figueroa
sfigueroa@rccservices.org | 707-869-3613 x 111

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Valley Oak Children’s Services

Karen Marlatt
kmarlatt@valleyoakchildren.org | 530-899-4949

PDG Contact

Valley Oak Children’s Services

Lana Frisby, R&R Program Manager lfrisby@valleyoakchildren.org

Socorro Gutierrez
sgutierrez@valleyoakchildren.org

TIC Contact

Valley Oak Children’s Services

Lana Frisby, R&R Program Manager lfrisby@valleyoakchildren.org

Allison Weaver
aweaver@valleyoakchildren.org

Primary Contact

Siskiyou Child Care Council, Inc

Mike Michelon
mmichelon@siskiyouchildcare.org | 530-938-2748

PDG Contact

Siskiyou Child Care Council, Inc

Mike Michelon
mmichelon@siskiyouchildcare.org | 530-938-2748

Primary Contact

Training, Employment and Community Help, Inc.

Carol Madison
cmadison@teachinc.org | 530-233-5437

PDG Contact

Training, Employment and Community Help, Inc.

Tammy Urban
turban@teachinc.org | 530-233-5437

Primary Contact

Human Response Network

Sheri White
swhite@hrntrinity.org | 530-623-2024

PDG Contact

Human Response Network

Mary Haugen
mhaugen@hrntrinity.org | 530-739-8389

Primary Contact

Shasta County Office of Education

Cassy Leggett
cleggett@shastacoe.org | 530-225-0353

PDG Contact

Shasta County Office of Education

Michelle Mills
mmills@shastacoe.org

Michelle Larsen
mlarsen@shastacoe.org

Primary Contact

Lassen County Office of Education Child and Family Resources

Melissa Rojas
mrojas@lassencfr.com | 530-257-9781

PDG Contact

Lassen County Office of Education Child and Family Resources

Melissa Rojas
mrojas@lassencfr.com | 530-260-2530

Primary Contact

Tehama/Shasta County Office of Education Child Care Referral & Education

Cassy Leggett
cleggett@shastacoe.org | 530-225-0353

PDG Contact

Tehama/Shasta County Office of Education Child Care Referral & Education

Yeni Martinez
ymartinez@shastacoe.org

Primary Contact

Plumas Rural Services

Debbie Guy
dguy@plumasruralservices.org | 530-283-4453

PDG Contact

Plumas Rural Services

Debbie Guy
dguy@plumasruralservices.org | 530-283-4453

Primary Contact

Glenn County Office of Education Child & Family Services

Carolina Ruiz
cruiz@glenncoe.org | 530-865-1118

PDG Contact

Glenn County Office of Education Child & Family Services

Carolina Ruiz
cruiz@glenncoe.org | 530-865-1118

Primary Contact

Colusa County Office of Education

Vicki Markss
vmarkss@ccoe.net | 530-458-0350

PDG Contact

Colusa County Office of Education

Dolores Gomez
dgomez@ccoe.net | 530-458-0350

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Placer County Office of Education

Darcy Roenspie, Program Administrator Droenspie@placercoe.k12.ca.us

PDG Contact

Placer County Office of Education

Regina Swaney
RSwaney@placercoe.org

TIC Contact

Placer County Office of Education

Darcy Roenspie
Droenspie@placercoe.k12.ca.us

Primary Contact

Children's Home Society of California

Diane Jasso
dianej@chs-ca.org | 714-712-7806

PDG Contact

Children's Home Society of California

Joy Hans
joyh@chs-ca.org | 530-671-8553

Janelle McKenney
JanelleM@chs-ca.org | 530-645-6269

Primary Contact

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services

Lourdes Vose
lourdesv@sncs.org | 530-272-8866

PDG Contact

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services

Lourdes Vose
lourdesv@sncs.org | 530-272-8866 x 217

Primary Contact

Children’s Home Society of California

Diane Jasso
dianej@chs-ca.org | 714-712-7806

PDG Contact

Children’s Home Society of California

Joy Hans
joyh@chs-ca.org | 530-671-8553

Janelle McKenney
JanelleM@chs-ca.org | 530-645-6269

Primary Contact

Children’s Home Society of California

Diane Jasso
dianej@chs-ca.org | 714-712-7806

Yolo County Children’s Alliance

916-572-0560

PDG Contact

Children’s Home Society of California

Joy Hans
joyh@chs-ca.org | 530-671-8553

Janelle McKenney
JanelleM@chs-ca.org | 530-645-6269

Primary Contact

Catalyst Community

Jennifer Lawrence
JLawrence@choicesforchildren.org | 530-676-0707

PDG Contact

Catalyst Community

Jennifer Lawrence
JLawrence@choicesforchildren.org | 530-676-0707

Primary Contact

Child Action, Inc.

Tracey Strack
tracey.strack@childaction.org | 916-369-3320

PDG Contact

Child Action, Inc.

Edie Gutierrez
Edie.gutierrez@childaction.org

Primary Contact

Catalyst Community

Jennifer Lawrence
JLawrence@choicesforchildren.org | 530-676-0707

PDG Contact

Catalyst Community

Jennifer Lawrence
JLawrence@choicesforchildren.org | 530-676-0707

Lead Agency

Executive Director

BANANAS

Kym Johnson
kym@bananasbunch.org | 510-658-7353 x 129

PDG Contact

BANANAS

Maria Hassel, Director of Community Services maria@bananasbunch.org

TIC Contact

BANANAS

Ni McCovery
ni@bananasbunch.org

SarahSilva
sarah@bananasbunch.org

Primary Contact

Community Child Care Council (4Cs)

Renee Herzfeld
reneeh@4c-alameda.org | 510-584-3123

Hively

Kelly O'Lague Dulka
kelly@behively.org | 925-980-2468

PDG Contact

Community Child Care Council (4Cs)

Celia Goetz
celiag@4c-alameda.org | 510-584-3119

Hively

Vanessa Dilks
vdilks@behively.org | 925-595-5177

Primary Contact

Community Resources for Children

Erika Lubensky
elubensky@crcnapa.org | 707-253-0376 x 102

PDG Contact

Community Resources for Children

Lindi Gallagher
lgallagher@crcnapa.org

Primary Contact

Solano Family & Children's Services

Cinda Rae-Clemente
cclemente@solanofamily.org | 707-864-4620

PDG Contact

Solano Family & Children's Services

Cinda Rae-Clemente
cclemente@solanofamily.org | 707-864-4620

Primary Contact

Marin Child Care Council

Aideen Gaidmore
aideen@mc3.org | 415-203-2171

PDG Contact

Marin Child Care Council

Jody Stamps
jody@mc3.org | 415-491-5779

Primary Contact

Coco Kids

John Jones
john.jones@cocokids.org | 925-265-6473

PDG Contact

Coco Kids

John Jones
john.jones@cocokids.org | 925-265-6473

Primary Contact

Children's Council

Gina Fromer
gfromer@childrenscouncil.org | 415-276-4900

Wu Yee Children's Services

Mechele Pruitt
mechele.pruitt@wuyee.org | 415-407-2888

PDG Contact

Children's Council

Jessica Boehme-Flores
jess@childrenscouncil.org | 415-276-2900

Wu Yee Children's Services

Claudia Arrospide
claudia.arrospide@wuyee.org

Primary Contact

Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs) of San Mateo

David Fleishman
dfleishman@sanmateo4cs.org | 650-517-1400

PDG Contact

Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs) of San Mateo

Gladys Reyes
greyes@sanmateo4cs.org | 650-517-1400

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Go Kids, Inc

Kendra Bobsin
kendrab@gokids.org

PDG Contact

Go Kids, Inc

Maria Granados, Executive Assistant
mariag@gokids.org

TIC Contact

Go Kids, Inc

Maria Granados, Executive Assistant
mariag@gokids.org

Nancy Barocio
nancyb@gokids.org

Primary Contact

Child Development Resource Center

Christina Valentin
cvalentin@santacruzcoe.org | 831-466-5820

PDG Contact

Child Development Resource Center

Christina Valentin
cvalentin@santacruzcoe.org | 831-466-5820

Primary Contact

Santa Clara Office of Education

Michael Garcia
michael_garcia@sccoe.org | 408-453-6649

PDG Contact

Santa Clara Office of Education

Michael Garcia
michael_garcia@sccoe.org | 408-453-6649

Primary Contact

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Vicky Santos
vsantos@maof.org | 323-278-3687

PDG Contact

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Maria Ortiz
mortiz@maof.org | 831-757-0775

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Family Resource & Referral Center  

Kay Ruhstaller
kruhstaller@frrcsj.org | 209-461-2996

PDG Contact

Family Resource & Referral Center  

Tiffany Phovixay, Chief Operations Officer
tphovixay@frcsj.org

TIC Contact

Family Resource & Referral Center  

Tiffany Phovixay, Chief Operations Officer
tphovixay@frcsj.org

Tran Nguyen
tnguyen@frcsj.org

Primary Contact

The Resource Connection

Sheri Noble
snoble@trcac.org | 209-754-1075

PDG Contact

The Resource Connection

Sheri Noble
snoble@trcac.org | 209-754-1075

Primary Contact

The Resource Connection

Sheri Noble
snoble@trcac.org | 209-754-1075

PDG Contact

The Resource Connection

Sheri Noble
snoble@trcac.org | 209-754-1075

Primary Contact

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Lisa Henry
lhenry@stancoe.org | 209-238-6400

Stanislaus County Community Services Agency

209-558-3534

PDG Contact

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Lety Cardenas
lcardenas@stancoe.org | 209-238-6400

Stanislaus County Community Services Agency

209-558-3534

Primary Contact

Infant/Child Enrichment Services, Inc.

Chris Mackenzie
chrism@icesagency.org | 209-533-0377

PDG Contact

Infant/Child Enrichment Services, Inc

Suzan Greenwood
suzang@icesagency.org | 209-425-0725

Lead Agency

Executive Director

A.C.C.E.S.S. 

Rosa Barragan
Rbarragan@mcoe.org | 209-261-0205

PDG Contact

A.C.C.E.S.S.  

Carolina Sutherland
csutherland@mcoe.org

Lorena Briano-Burrola
LBurrola@mcoe.org

TIC Contact

A.C.C.E.S.S.  

Carolina Sutherland
csutherland@mcoe.org

David Ramos
DaRamos@mcoe.org

Primary Contact

Infant/Child Enrichment Services, Inc.  

Chris Mackenzie
chrism@icesagency.org | 209-533-0377

PDG Contact

Infant/Child Enrichment Services, Inc.   

Janae Gowen
janaeg@icesagency.org | 209-966-4474

Primary Contact

Community Action Partnership of Madera County

Leticia Murillo
lmurillo@maderacap.org | 559-675-5733

PDG Contact

Community Action Partnership of Madera County

Melissa Mendoza
mmendoza@maderacap.org | 559-675-5741

Primary Contact

Central Valley Children's Services Network

Marco Jimenez
marcoj@cvcsn.org | 559-256-0972

PDG Contact

Central Valley Children's Services Network

Andrea Cervantes
andreac@cvcsn.org | 559-456-8195

Primary Contact

Tulare County Office of Education Resource and Referral Services

Alex Elliott
aelliott@cc.tcoe.org | 559-651-3022

PDG Contact

Tulare County Office of Education Resource and Referral Services

Elvira Barron
ebarron@cc.tcoe.org | 559-651-0185

Primary Contact

Kings Community Action Org., Inc.

Jeff Garner
jgarner@kcao.org | 559-415-7201

PDG Contact

Kings Community Action Org., Inc.

Ruth Rodriguez
rrodriguez@kcao.org | 559-415-7220

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc.  
Jack Hinojosa
jack.hinojosa@cdrv.org | 805-485-7878 x 1358

PDG Contact

Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc.  
Lisette Warth, Child Care Services Manager
Lisette.Warth@cdrv.org

TIC Contact

Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc.  
Lisette Warth, Child Care Services Manager
Lisette.Warth@cdrv.org

Primary Contact

Child Care Resource Connection 

Shana Paulson
Spaulson@capslo.org | 805-541-2272

PDG Contact

Child Care Resource Connection  

Shana Paulson
Spaulson@capslo.org | 805-541-2272

Primary Contact

Children’s R&R

Michelle Graham
MGraham@crrsbc.org | 805-925-6701

PDG Contact

Children’s R&R

Michelle Graham
MGraham@crrsbc.org | 805-925-7071

Primary Contact

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Ludie Montoya
jlumontoya@kern.org | 661-861-5252

Community Connection for Child Care

661-336-5236

PDG Contact

Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Cheryl Nelson, DPA
chnelson@kern.org | 661-861-5311

Community Connection for Child Care

661-336-5236

Lead Agency

Executive Director

YMCA Child Care Resource Service
 

Kim McDougal
kmcdougal@ymcasd.org | 619-521-3055 x 2517

PDG Contact

YMCA Child Care Resource Service
 

Christie Yorty, Social Services Program Director
cyorty@ymcasd.org

Aimee Zeitz
azeitz@ymcasd.org

TIC Contact

YMCA Child Care Resource Service
 

Christie Yorty, Social Services Program Director
cyorty@ymcasd.org

Claudia  Alvarado-Sasse
calvarado-sasse@ymcasd.org

Primary Contact

Children’s Home Society of California 

Diane Jasso
dianej@chs-ca.org | 714-712-7806

PDG Contact

Children’s Home Society of California  

Diana Torres
DianaT@chs-ca.org | 714-712-7871

Primary Contact

Imperial County Office of Education - Early Care & Education Programs

Michael Castillo
michael.castillo@icoe.org | 760-312-6432

PDG Contact

Imperial County Office of Education - Early Care & Education Programs

Vivian Yacopi
vivian.yacopi@icoe.org | 760-312-6604

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Child Care Resource Center
 

Michael Olenick

PDG Contact

Child Care Resource Center
 

Eileen Friscia, R&R Director
efriscia@ccrcca.org

James Moses
jmoses@ccrcca.org

TIC Contact

Child Care Resource Center
 

MercedesWilliams
mwilliams@ccrcca.org

RoxanaGarcia Chelin
rgarciachelin@ccrcca.org

Primary Contact

Mono County Office of Education

Courtney Walsh
cwalsh@monocoe.org | 760-934-0031

PDG Contact

Mono County Office of Education

Courtney Walsh
cwalsh@monocoe.org | 760-934-0031

Primary Contact

Inyo County Office of Education

Kat Duncan
760-873-5123 ext. 2152

PDG Contact

Inyo County Office of Education

Kat Duncan
760-873-5123 ext. 2152

Primary Contact

Riverside County Office of Education - Children and Family Services

JoAnne Lauer
Jlauer@rcoe.us | 951-826-6627

PDG Contact

Riverside County Office of Education - Children and Family Services

Jill Johnson
Jjohnson@rcoe.us | 951-826-6626

Lead Agency

Executive Director

Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
 

Cristina Alvarado

PDG Contact

Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
 

Cristina Alvarado

TIC Contact

Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
 

Pamela Arciaga
pamela.arciaga@ccala.net

Child Care Resource Center
20001 Prairie Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311
www.ccrcca.org | 818-717-1000

Primary Contact

Eileen Friscia
efriscia@ccrcca.org | 818-717-1092

Secondary Contact

Michael Olenick
molenick@ccrcca.org | 818-717-1011

R&R Contact

Jerri Stewart
jstewart@ccrcca.org | 866-674-5437

Children's Home Society of California
1300 W Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
www.chs-ca.org | 714-834-4959

Primary Contact

Diane Jasso
dianej@chs-ca.org | 714-712-7806

Secondary Contact

Sandra Herrera-Gonzalez
sandrag@chs-ca.org | 562-608-2436

R&R Contact

Joellle Landazabal
joellel@chs-ca.org | 866-674-5437

PDG Contact

Maribel Gonzalez
MaribelZ@chs-ca.org | 562-256-7499

Connections for Children
2701 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 253, Santa Monica, CA 90405
www.connectionsforchildren.org | 310-452-3734

Primary Contact

Jennifer Cowan
jcowan@cfc-ca.org | 310-452-3325 x201

Secondary Contact

Chante Bernard
chanteb@cfc-ca.org | 310-452-3325 x203

R&R Contact

Sonia Madix
soniam@cfc-ca.org | 310-452-3325 x225

PDG Contact

Christine Tafoya
christinet@cfc-ca.org

Crystal Stairs, Inc.
www.crystalstairs.org

Primary Contact

Helen Acevez
hacevez@crystalstairs.org | 323-421-1337

Secondary Contact

Kendall Hirai
khirai@crystalstairs.org | 323-421-1661

R&R Contact

Helen Acevez
resourceandreferral@crystalstairs.org | 888-543-7247

PDG Contact

Stephanie De Anda
sdeanda@crystalstairs.org | 323-421-1064

Mexican American Opportunity
401 North Garfield Avenue, Montebello, CA 90640
http://www.maof.org | 323-890-9600

Primary Contact

Martin Castro
mcastro@maof.org | 323-278-3600

R&R and PDG Contact

Soledad Viramontes
sviramontes@maof.org | 323-313-1601

Options for Learning
13100 Brooks Drive, Suite 200, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
www.optionsforlearning.org | 626-967-7848

Primary Contact

Paul Pulver
ppulver@optionsforlearning.org | 626-967-7848

Secondary Contact

Kelly O'Connell
koconnell@optionsforlearning.org | 626-856-5900

R&R Contact

Kim Schaaf
kschaaf@optionsforlearning.org | 626-856-5900

PDG Contact

Kenya Ruiz-Grande
kruiz@optionsforlearning.org | 626-449-8221 x504

Pathways
3550 W. Sixth Street, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90020
www.pathwaysla.org | 213-427-2700

Primary Contact

Sally Valenzuela
svalenzuela@pathwaysla.org | 213-427-2740

Secondary Contact

Araceli Quintero
aquintero@pathwaysla.org | 213-427-2777

R&R Contact

Mary Silva
msilva@pathwaysla.org | 213-427-2710

PDG Contact

Teri Morales
temorales@pathwaysla.org | 213-427-2709

Pomona USD
1460 E. Holt Avenue, Suite 130, Pomona, CA 91767
www.pusd.org | 909-397-4740

Primary Contact

Luis Valadez
luis.valadez@pusd.org | 909-397-4740

Secondary Contact

Christina Acosta
christina.acosta@pusd.org | 909-397-4740

R&R and PDG Contact

Luis Valadez
luis.valadez@pusd.org | 909-397-4740

City of Norwalk
11929 E. Alondra Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650
http://ci.norwalk.ca.us | 562-929-5544

Drew Child Development Corporation
1770 E 118th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
http://drewcdc.org | 323-249-2950

Preschool Development Grant (PDG)

Parent Cafés

Parent Cafés were built on existing infrastructure developed from the initial PDG award in March 2019; CCRC received PDG-I funds in January 2020 that covered café work through June 2020 however, within the first 3 months of the grant, the COVID-19 pandemic and its many challenges came soon after. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, CCRC’s team provided numerous R&R’s the tools and trainings to facilitate parent cafésvirtually using the Be Strong-Vitality Café conversations to support families experiencing spiritual, financial, and mental challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus on child development and other related topics for cafés had shifted to address the well-being of our parents and child care providers. With cafés being held virtually, R&Rs across the state were able to continue their Café’s and meet the deliverables outlined in the first-year requirements of the grant.

Community of Practice

CCRC continues to provide training and support to the Regional Leads on convening and implementing Communities of Practice (CoP) sessions within their organizations and externally with the Resource and Referral agencies within their regions. Together, these sessions cultivate and strengthen the relationships between programs in addition to working toward region-specific initiatives. By CCRC’s modeling the CoP “protocols” or tools with the Regional Leads, they continue to share the practices with local R&Rs that use the practice as a vehicle to build partnerships within their own communities. The CoP model is an easily sustainable practice that continues to benefit all organizations beyond current grant work.

Tribal Child Care Association of CA Partnership

In 2022, CCRC partnered with the Tribal Child Care Association of California (TCCAC) to create a Strengthening Families Parent Café workforce pathway that offers in-person and virtual trainings for pathway participants in tribal communities. Using existing Preschool Development Grant (PDG-R) café funding, CCRC funded 20 cafés from September through December 2022. Cafés reached 316 participants. In 2023, CCRC continues to train participants with 19 cafés facilitated as of July 2023, with more planned for the remainder of the year. CCRC has received positive feedback from Tribal Child Care Programs and has proactively used input to create Café curriculum and relevant discussion topics.

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Trauma Informed Care (TIC)

Training & Provider Cafés

The State of California entered a joint training partnership with Child Care Providers United-CA (CCPU). As a result of this partnership, funds from Service Employees International Union Education and Support Fund (SEIU ESF) have been allocated to enhance several statewide programs that support child care training and opportunities. To support this initiative in December 2022, CCRC entered a $7 million service agreement with SEIU ESF. This agreement began January 1, 2023, and runs through December 31, 2024. During this 2-year grant agreement period, CCRC will use the allocated funds to plan, produce and deliver statewide Trauma Informed Care (TIC) training and provider cafes for Family Child Care (FCC) and Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) childcare providers. As the lead agency, CCRC will use the existing statewide regional delivery system, developed through the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) to train 11 Regional Lead agencies throughout California, who will then support the Local R&Rs (Resource and Referral agencies) agencies within their region, in the facilitation of TIC training and provider cafes. The TIC grant is designed to increase the number and capacity of trained professionals at Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies that can host TIC trainings and provider cafes. The grant also gives providers valuable information to support children who are experiencing trauma in early childhood.

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Emerging Projects and Future Opportunities

California Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Network

CCRC will coordinate with the IECMHC Network and the statewide Regional Leads to support increased awareness and connection with IECMHC Network services throughout the state. Asa result, each region will be coordinating registration for training events and webinars for child care providers and distribution of Connect Reflect Grow Kits in their region.

Low Income Investment Fund

The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) has contacted CCRC to engage in an opportunity to coordinate trainings throughout CA, leveraging our existing Regional infrastructure. Trainings will support the building of the child care center infrastructure across the state. CCRC is also exploring creating natural spaces curriculum options to support LIIF in a potential grant to plant trees in the outdoor areas of day care programs.

Emergency Child Care Pilot for Families Experiencing Homelessness

Statewide partners have shared their current projects with CCRC in addressing families who are or at great risk of experiencing homelessness. Upon initial findings, there is a need for child care services to support affected families by providing opportunities to stabilize their living situation. CCRC will begin discussions with R&Rs across the state of California to build awareness of existing programs and seek out funding opportunities to pilot an emergency child care program.

Testimonials

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This session is just what I needed. My mom just passed away 10 days ago and it’s been really hard. I am looking for family therapy right now. But talking to everyone today and just connecting with other people was really good for me. Thank you.

– Sonoma County Parent

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Really felt a sense of community. It was nice to not feel alone and to get ideas on so many things. It was a wonderful experience. Very heart and eye opening.

– San Bernardino County Parent

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Today I remembered that I am not alone in regards to parenting during these difficult and stressful times. It was a huge sigh of relief remembering we are in this together.

– Humboldt County Parent

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We’re all doing okay. We’re all doing our best. We are valuable and worthy of being taken care of and thought of as highly as we treat and think about others. We need to prioritize self-care.

– Contra Costa County Parent

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Me and my family wanted to thank you so much for the gift cards this means a lot for us specially at this time. Covid impacted us drastically. My husband lost his job because of budget cuts during the pandemic and my hours got cut by 20 hours, so I am not even working part time and kids are home. Times and money are very tough right now, so we thank you so much for the experience and gift cards.

– Sonoma County Parent

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I have learned so much about TK just by attendingthese two sessions. More than I ever did during the entire time my child was inTK. I didn’t know there was a chart to break down ages. I didn’t know that Ihad other choices and TK wasn’t required. I really appreciate all theinformation you (CCRC) share with us. I wish this was here back then.

– Sacramento Parent

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I am grateful for the Cafés and group sessions like this feedback session because I can’t talk about these things with my family. We don’t have the same beliefs on mental health or raising children. So sometimes you don’t know who to talk to or where to go. So it's nice meeting other parents with the same experiences or beliefs..

– Los Angeles Parent

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It is truly a blessing to have agencies such as Pathways and CCRC, the tremendous amount of help I have received for my family and I, really means a lot to me and am so grateful I know about these resources. Ever since I put my name on the list, I get all kinds of emails telling me about upcoming events and I love it.

– Pathway's LA Parent

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I did not know that there are other agencies like Pathways, I didn’t even know about Pathways until St. Ann’s shared about them and what they do. Both agencies have really helped my family get back on our feet. The housing, child care and just all-around kindness.

– St. Ann's Parent

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I am so grateful to be here today. It is my first café and it feels good to know I am not the only person going through hard times.

– St. Ann's Parent

CCRC Staff Functional Directory

Michael Olenick, Ph.D.

President & CEO

  • Leader of PDG-R

Donna Sneeringer

Chief Strategy Officer

  • Statewide Liaison, Coalition Building & Messaging

Susan Savage

Director, Research

  • Parent Café Evaluation Oversight
  • Parent Feedback Session Development, Evaluation & Oversight

Susan Montalvo

Director, Communications

  • Communications Planning & Development
  • Parent Feedback Session Development& Oversight
  • Parent Testimonial Development & Distribution

Eileen Friscia

Director, Resource & Referral

  • Parent Café Oversight

CCRC Staff Functional Directory

Michael Olenick

President & Chief Executive Officer

• Leader of PDG-R



Donna Sneeringer

Chief Strategy Officer

• Statewide Liaison, Coalition Building & Messaging

Heather Edwards

Executive Administrator

• Administrative Support & Scheduling for Dr. Olenick

Margaret Morneau

Government Relations Administrative Assistant

• Reporting, Scheduling & Administrative Support

Eileen Friscia

Resource & Referral Director

• Parent Café Oversight


Elizabeth Melendrez

Statewide Iniatives Senior Manager

• Café Curriculum Development & Training
• SW Café Coordination & Stipend Processing
• R&R Hub Lead Support & Liaison

Darcy Edwards

PDG-R Curriculum Administrator

• Café Curriculum Development & Training

Teresa Olin

PDG-R Curriculum Administrator

• Café Curriculum Development & Training

tolin@ccrcca.org

747-755-5773

Mindy Hernandez

PDG-R Program Assistant

• Café Curriculum Program Support


Susan Montalvo

Communications Director

• Communications Planning & Development
• Parent Feedback Session Development & Oversight
• Parent Testimonial Development & Distribution

Breana Marquez

Communications Community Engagement Facilitator

• Parent Feedback Session Development & Facilitation
• Parent Testimonials Recording & Documentation
• R&R Communications Training & Support

Bill Swindle

Senior Communications Manager

• Communications Planning, Development & Support


Alejandra Arita

Multimedia Content Producer

• Parent Testimonials Recording & Documentation
• Videography & Support

aarita@ccrcca.org

818-717-2372

Felix Bada

Communications Manager

• Design & Support



fbada@ccrcca.org

818-717-4571

Susan Savage

Research Director

• Parent Café Evaluation Oversight
• Parent Feedback Session Development, Evaluation & Oversight

ssavage@ccrcca.org

818-349-3095

Andria Varner

Research Manager

• Parent Cafés Evaluation
• Parent Feedback Sessions Evaluation


avarner@ccrcca.org

818-717-1029

Vanessa Guerrero

Senior Research Analyst

• Parent Cafés Evaluation
• Parent Feedback Sessions Evaluation


Geraldine Saldana

Research Analyst II

• Parent Cafés Evaluation