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Our Mission is to improve the availability, accessibility, and affordability of quality early childhood education and care

 

With the Vision that families, children, and child care providers are thriving through education, development, and opportunity.

 

 

 

From the Executive Director’s Desk

 

We feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.

But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

~ Mother Teresa

 

As we start a new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past 2 years. We fully understand that our field dealt with unprecedented events and did so with courage, compassion, and commitment to Marin’s youngest children. All of us at MC3 are incredibly grateful to our early childhood community for all you have done and all you continue to do. We are committed to supporting you.

 

During COVID, MC3 was remarkable in its immediate response and support for the ECE workforce and the clients they serve. Within a week of shelter in place, MC3 had assessed clients’ and communities’ needs and shifted to utilize funding where appropriate to meet those needs. We were able to support our enrolled families and, the childcare community and play a vital role in community-wide coordination. Over the past 2 years, MC3 has supported our ECE field in many ways. We distributed over 2.5 million dollars in stipends, grants, and vouchers for child care. We have provided limitless technical assistance with over 75 training's through zoom serving over 2000, ECE professionals, and have been the main resource for Marin County ECE programs, as the main trusted source for information and support. We have been the conduit for state agencies to connect with our ECE community.

 

As we face another uncertain year, with state budget changes, system changes, and COVID still among us, we want to reconfirm our commitment to the ECE field. We will continue to advocate, support, educate and inform our community about the essential role that our field plays in our county. We understand more than ever that childcare should be at the forefront of all conversations in the County.

 

Please check out our website for updated training and resources as we continue to provide the field with exciting professional development opportunities. We are so excited to have our annual Striving for Excellence in-person again this year on January 21st.

 

From the team at MC3, we hope 2023 brings health and happiness.

 

In Gratitude,

Aideen 

Del escritorio del Director Ejecutivo

 

Creemos que lo que hacemos es sólo una gota en el océano.

Pero el océano sería menos gracias a esa gota que falta. 

 ~ Madre Teresa

 

Al comenzar un nuevo año, quería dedicar un momento a reflexionar sobre los dos últimos años. Somos plenamente conscientes de que nuestro campo se enfrentó a acontecimientos sin precedentes y lo hizo con valentía, compasión y compromiso con los niños más pequeños de Marín. Todos nosotros en MC3 estamos increíblemente agradecidos a nuestra comunidad de la primera infancia por todo lo que han hecho y todo lo que siguen haciendo. Nos comprometemos a apoyaros.

 

Durante el COVID, MC3 fue notable en su respuesta inmediata y apoyo a la fuerza de trabajo de ECE y los clientes que atienden. Una semana después de que se instalara el refugio, MC3 había evaluado las necesidades de los clientes y de las comunidades y había utilizado los fondos necesarios para satisfacerlas. Pudimos apoyar a nuestras familias inscritas y a la comunidad de guarderías y desempeñar un papel vital en la coordinación de toda la comunidad. En los últimos dos años, MC3 ha apoyado a nuestro sector de la educación y la atención infantil de muchas maneras. Hemos distribuido más de 2,5 millones de dólares en estipendios, subvenciones y vales para el cuidado infantil. Hemos proporcionado asistencia técnica ilimitada con más de 75 cursos de formación a través del zoom que han servido a más de 2.000 profesionales de la ECE y hemos sido el principal recurso para los programas de ECE del condado de Marin, como principal fuente de confianza para obtener información y apoyo. Hemos sido el conducto para que las agencias estatales se conecten con nuestra comunidad ECE.

 

A medida que nos enfrentamos a otro año incierto, con cambios en el presupuesto estatal, cambios en el sistema, y COVID todavía entre nosotros, queremos volver a confirmar nuestro compromiso con el campo de ECE. Seguiremos abogando, apoyando, educando e informando a nuestra comunidad sobre el papel esencial que nuestro campo juega en nuestro condado. Entendemos más que nunca que el cuidado de los niños debe estar a la vanguardia de todas las conversaciones en el Condado. 

 

Por favor, visite nuestro sitio web para la formación actualizada y los recursos a medida que continuamos proporcionando el campo con interesantes oportunidades de desarrollo profesional. Estamos muy contentos de tener nuestro anual Esfuerzo por la Excelencia en persona de nuevo este año el 21 de enero.

 

De parte del equipo de MC3, esperamos que el año 2023 traiga salud y felicidad. 

 

Con gratitud, 

Aideen 

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Marin Child Care Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your local

Child Care Resource and Referral Program, with major funding through the

California Department of Social Services (CDSS),

Child Care & Development Division (CCDD).

We provide personalized help with finding funding, and choosing child care to families through our referral service.

NEWSWORTHY 

HEAL TIPS

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS

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COVID-19 RESPONSE
Year in Review

Within a week of the first shelter in place, Marin Child Care Council (MC3) assessed our client’s and communities’ needs, shifted and utilized funding, where appropriate, to meet those needs. By being immediately responsive, we were able to support our enrolled families and the child care community.

 

The following information highlights the work of MC3 over the past year. We are very proud of what we have accomplished as an agency and would like to thank our many community partners for their support:

  • Marin Community Foundation (MCF)

  • County of Marin

  • Marin County Public Health

  • First 5 Marin

  • Marin County Office of Education (MCOE)

  • Our Board of Directors

 

In addition, we want to recognize the incredible work of our child care community,

who are our heroes!

Marin Child Care Council: Countywide Coordination

  • Supported planning for pop up child care for essential workers, MCOE/First5 Marin/Community Action Marin/North Bay Children’s Centers/North Marin Community Services/ YMCA/City of San Rafael.

  • Worked with Marin County Office of Emergency Services, first 5 California, CA Department of Social Services and First 5 Marin to procure PPE and other supplies for child care programs.

  • Reallocated funding from several grants to support additional supplies and materials for child care programs and families served.

  • Advocated for funding to support child care programs, resulting in donation from Marin Community Foundation of $1 million and $50,000 from First 5 Marin.

  • Provided TA and support during MCOE calls for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field.

  • Advocated on local and state levels for more funding and no cuts during state budget processes.

  • Worked with Marin County Public Health Department to support child care programs and share info to programs regularly.

  • Worked with Public Health to open vaccines for 1 week window for child care staff.

 

Marin Child Care Council: Parent Support

  • Responded to over 700 calls from parents looking for child care and resulting in referrals.

  • Contacted all clients (over 400) immediately to see what support they needed. Connected monthly to ensure they had support and resources. Text support group was set up for parents.

  • Distributed activity kits and tablets to parents to support them with their children at home.

  • Connected with SF-Marin Food bank and set up a weekly drive-through food pantry for 8 weeks at our location: over 800 boxes of food served.

  • Held (hold) monthly parent education/engagement classes through zoom.

  • Enrolled 42 parents in emergency child care funding.

  • Provided all families in our program with a gift card for groceries.

  • Distributed food boxes and gift cards to 42 Parent voices families. (funds reallocated from grants)

  • Hosted a Halloween drive through “trunk-or-treat”; over 150 families attended.

  • Conducted a Christmas Holiday toy drive; over 50 families received toys, thanks to MCOE and Redeemer Preschool.

  • Released and assisted parents to access codes for $500 from FII through MCF COVID-19 Relief Fund; 370 codes were given out.

  • Helped several parents to file for unemployment and other public benefits. Gave and connected parents with community resources mainly with rent, utilities, and food assistance.

 

Marin Child Care Council: Child Care Provider Support

  • Technical assistance support for the ECE community. We received thousands of call/emails/texts from providers seeking advice and support.

  • Provided 34 Zoom trainings for child care community with over 2000 participants (info on reopening/social emotional wellbeing of providers and children/public health and licensing updates/nutrition)

  • Held drive through supply pickups: 11 separate pickups: 592 providers received, cleaning supplies/hand sanitizer/touchless thermometers/diapers/gloves/wipes/air purifiers.

  • Helped 171 providers with their reopening with funds for cleaning supplies.

  • Completed weekly updated data on all child care programs in the County to track slot availability/needs and openings.

 

Financial Impacts:

$274,236 in emergency vouchers for child care for essential workers

$335,952 in stipends, gift cards for groceries, cleaning supplies.

$90,722 distributed to programs for PPE equipment and supplies.

$72, 982 distributed to providers for outdoor/playground updates.

 

Distributed $210,000 in stipends to state funded child care programs.

Distributed $1,050,000 in stipends to family child care providers and child care centers

a total of 185 programs.

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