Michael Bernardis, Program Specialist
SCOE Infant Development Program
The Sacramento County Quality Child Care Collaborative (QCCC) is a partnership of community agencies and educational and governmental institutions which is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission, an organization promoting the healthy development of children ages zero to five. The purpose of the collaborative is to help Sacramento County child care centers, family child care home providers and family, friend and neighbor caregivers provide quality child care programs for our children. Collaborative services are free!
The Consultation Team assists child care providers in addressing questions or concerns about caring for children with a variety of special needs and behaviors. The Consultation Team members include the Sacramento County Office of Education Infant Development Program; Child Action, Inc.; Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health; Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health; and the WarmLine Family Resource Center. The Team is made up of staff with training and expertise in child development, behavioral health, family support and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities and other needs. Consultation Team members are available to provide ongoing consultation, technical assistance and training to child care providers to assist with issues of children's behavioral health, inclusion of children with special needs, quality of care, curriculum, site staff support, staff-parent communication and linkage to community resources.
The purpose of consultation is to offer information, strategies and resources to meet current and future challenges. Examples of issues the Consultation Team may be able to help with include:
- Concerns about behaviors of children in care
- Resources or information about a specific disability or special need
- Understanding parent perspectives and developing effective communication strategies
- Questions regarding child development
- Telephone support
- On-site observation and consultation resulting in strategies and an action plan
- Resources Lending library and materials
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