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KIds Expo 2012

Choices for children at work in our community

By From page D7 | April 11, 2012

Choices for Children is El Dorado County’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. One of the ways Choices for Children shows its commitment to children and families is by offering Kids’ Expo as a free event. This year the 27th annual Kids’ Expo is being held on Saturday, April 14th at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids Expo is held during the month of April to recognize the Month of the Young Child & Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year the theme of the event is Celebrating the Joy of Play and as always Kids Expo will offer over 100 hands-on activities provided by local community organizations, businesses, and clubs. Choices for Children thanks the El Dorado County Office of Education, Mountain Democrat, Millennium SportsClub, the Sierra Health Foundation, and other local businesses for their 2012 sponsorship.

Kids Expo is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a playful day, learn about programs and services available in the community, and get free services. By visiting the Choices for Children booth first, you can get a map of the event and decorate a bag to collect free give aways.

In addition to Kids’ Expo, Choices for Children offers many other free services to families that include child care referrals, subsidized child care, a child care food program, and ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of children and families.
Free Child Care Referrals – Choices for Children maintains a data base of nearly 200 licensed family child care homes and centers and their current openings. Whether parents are looking for day care, preschool, or care during non-traditional hours, Choices for Children offers parental choice by providing a list of programs that meet their needs. Information about how to select quality care is also offered as well as how to check on a caregivers licensing history.
Subsidized Child Care – Choices for Children helps working parents who are income eligible pay for child care. Families need child care in order to work. The cost of child care and housing combined is 93% of a family of three’s yearly income of $37,060. Help paying for child care, keeps El Dorado County working.

The Child Care Food Program is another way that Choices for Children helps to support quality care. Participating providers receive cash reimbursements for serving nutritious meals and snacks and are given information about health and nutrition.

Choices for Children’s also continues to advocate for children and families during California’s ongoing budget challenges. A recent Paper Doll Campaign helped to increase community awareness about the important economic impact of proposed child care cuts. Quality care keeps parents earning and children learning.

To learn more about Choices for Children services and advocacy efforts, come to Kids’ Expo, visit the Website at www.choices4children.org or call 676-0707.

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