Supply: Santa Barbara Public Library
Households in Santa Barbara with younger youngsters face a scarcity of high-quality childcare; there’s extra demand for childcare than area obtainable. Many working households are utilizing a mixture of buddies, household, and neighbor caregivers to piece collectively care for his or her younger youngsters earlier than they go to high school. Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) needs to be a part of the answer. After studying concerning the wants of buddies, household, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers throughout the pilot section of Keep and Play, an progressive, grant-funded early literacy program that focuses on offering help and constructing group with FFN caregivers, SBPL is launching a collection of courses to assist not solely help the abilities of FFN caregivers, however assist those that have an interest pursue turning into licensed childcare suppliers. Lessons will likely be provided in English and Spanish.
The Nurturing Know-How Sequence will supply free digital studying alternatives for caregivers on matters of daycare licensure, early literacy, baby well being, security practices/first help, small enterprise abilities, faculty readiness, and developmentally acceptable studying actions, and associated matters. Presenters embrace representatives from quite a lot of group organizations in addition to library employees. The Nurturing Know-How Sequence will enable alternative for caregivers to sharpen their skilled abilities in both English or Spanish. The primary class focuses on boosting faculty readiness and will likely be offered in English on March eleventh at 1 pm in English and in Spanish on Thursday, March 18th at 1pm.
SBPL hopes to extend the variety of credentialed childcare suppliers within the county in addition to enhance the competence and confidence of current caregivers by providing these courses. Group wants assessments have indicated that there are numerous casual caregiving preparations in our group as a result of scarcity of inexpensive, licensed childcare.
Santa Barbara Unified College District (SBUSD) reported that in 2018, 68% of scholars have been “not prepared” for kindergarten. By offering free courses in each English and Spanish, anybody locally who cares for younger youngsters can enhance their abilities and learn to start taking steps to formalize their standing as a childcare supplier. “Offering high-quality early literacy courses has at all times been a library purpose, and now we’re working with group companions to broaden our choices to broaden our attain and impression,” stated Library Director Jessica Cadiente. “We’re grateful for the grant funding from the California State Library that permits us to broaden Keep and Play and supply these further companies for caregivers.”
Understanding that not everybody might need the instruments and entry to hitch digital applications, SBPL affords laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots that may be checked out to allow this connectivity. Anybody with a library card can take a look at an Acer Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot or a Lenovo Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot or only a Wi-Fi hotspot. Library playing cards can be found at Grab N Go Service upon presentation of a photograph ID and will not be required for program participation.
English courses will likely be provided on the second Thursday of every month at 1pm. Spanish courses will likely be on the third Thursday of every month at 1pm. Extra courses are provided within the evenings relying on group associate presenters’ availability. Registration is currently open for scheduled courses.
Nurturing Know-How Caregiver Lessons Schedule:
3/25 at 6 pm – So You Want to be a Childcare Provider Panel Presentation
4/8 at 1 pm – Boosting School Readiness: Science and Math
4/15 at 1pm – Preparación para la Escuela: Ciencia y Matemáticas
Registrants can signal as much as be notified of upcoming courses by offering contact data to [email protected], calling (805) 564-5602, or texting 805-764-4542. Funds to help this program have been awarded to SBPL as a part of the State Library of California’s Shared Imaginative and prescient Early Studying Grants.
Santa Barbara Public Library is a division of the Metropolis of Santa Barbara. Go to the Santa Barbara Public Library on-line atSBPLibrary.org for details about applications and companies. All library applications are free and open to the general public.