Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Choices for Children celebrates children & families

From page KID2 | April 09, 2014 |


A GROUP of First Friends Montessori kids pose for a photo on Monday, March 31 in Placerville.

The 29th annual Kids’ Expo is on Saturday, April 12, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Kids’ Expo is a fun-filled event where families can enjoy hands-on activities, children’s performances and the Swan Bros Circus while learning about community services, education programs, businesses and extracurricular activities.

The best part is it’s free because of generous donations from the El Dorado County Office of Education, the Mountain Democrat, Praiseland Academy of El Dorado Hills, El Dorado Community Health Centers and other community sponsors. Children can sit behind the wheel of a fire truck, climb in a patrol car, spin prize wheels, jump in bounce houses and participate in a variety of arts and crafts activities.

Kids Expo is presented by Choices for Children, the public child care resource and referral agency that has been serving El Dorado County since 1976. Choices for Children offers a variety of programs that serve children and families from all income levels.

Referral services are free and the child care experts at Choices for Children can prepare a list of private and public preschools, child care centers or family child care homes that offer what parents need. Choices for Children is the only agency in the county that has a database of all licensed and licensed-exempt facilities. The referral specialist can also provide information about how to select a quality program, and other resources available in the community.

In addition to help finding quality child care, Choices for Children offers a subsidized child care program that helps income eligible parents pay for child care, a Child Care Food Program that reimburses Family Child Care Providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks, and an education Program that supports child care providers with professional development opportunities. All of these Choices for Children programs strive to strengthen families.

Strong families are what makes communities thrive and child care is an essential part of the economic success of a community. Child care helps parents earn while children learn. For more information about child care, contact Choices for Children at 530-676-0707 or visit, or visit our booth at Kids’ Expo.





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