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The child care and early education needs of Sonoma County’s young children and their working parents continue get worse, and are now being called a “crisis” by child care leaders, elected officials and other social service organizations.

For many Sonoma County parents, finding safe and reliable child care for their families can often be difficult, as they have multiple barriers to navigate.

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Corazón Healdsburg has a history of connecting Healdsburg and north county residents to a bevy of assistance programs, strengthening the Latino voice in Healdsburg and creating dynamic cultural events for all to enjoy. Over the years they’ve also provided key child care and early childhood d…

For working parents and other people with young children, there are many kinds of child care and early education programs to choose from, and some of the services are even subsidized. The problem is there are not nearly enough of any of the programs to meet all the needs. Local child care le…

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a record-shattering 8,500 child care sites have closed throughout California. In Sonoma County, the mass shutdown of early education programs was only compounded by the chaos of climate change disasters: wildfires, toxic air derived from dense smoke, power …

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Finding child care solutions can be a struggle for many parents who are either working or in school. During the pandemic, this issue was amplified as many parents had to work from home and simultaneously take care of their children.

Trying to find affordable child care can be a challenge, with families having to fill out paperwork if they’re seeking subsidized care. In west county, River to Coast Children’s Services (RCCS) helps connect families to child care locations and programs that are connected to the West County …

In Cloverdale, a small cohort of children in the program at Cloverdale 4Cs helps create and tend to a garden as part of their regular learning. The preschool program put on by the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County is one of 11 different 4Cs locations — the only 4Cs in Cloverdale …

River to Coast Children’s Services (RCCS) is the place for families to get connected to diapers, car safety seats and financial aid for child care in west county.

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are traumatic experiences that occur during childhood and relate to categories of adversities that fall into areas of abuse, neglect and/or household dysfunction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ACEs can also include …

The need for more support for child care services in these later days of the COVID-19 pandemic is now being supported on Wall Street by some of the nation’s largest employers, by the chair of the Federal Reserve and also by the Biden White House and California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.