The Child Care Resource Center will leverage the Parent Café model to conduct early childhood cafés with home visiting providers, family child care providers, and family, friend, and neighbor providers with a goal of building the capacity of these providers to implement best practices in infant and toddler care and social-emotional and child development and to build their capacity to support protective factors and utilize the curricula while providing care or during home visits. These new early childhood cafés will support information sharing and integration of new knowledge, create connections among providers, and expand the use of Act Early.
Using various training curriculum content, the Child Care Resource Center curriculum team has created café themes and conversation questions to direct participant discussions. Café facilitators from resource and referral agencies across California are trained on the curriculum and café topics and given the tools to support their participants with pertinent information and resources.
Cafés are available for specific groups such as parents; family, friend, and neighbor caregivers; family child care providers; and home visitors. Café materials are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.