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Create colorful art from what you already have in your recycle bin

Create colorful art from what you already have in your recycle bin

Here’s a fun art activity that’s sure to make any kid smile! Grab some empty plastic soda and water bottles from your recycle bin and you’re ready to get started. DIY soda bottle stamping ignites kids’ imaginations by letting them explore their creative side.

Turn that paper towel roll into a sweet Valentine’s Day love bug

Turn that paper towel roll into a sweet Valentine’s Day love bug

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like hearts, candy...and love bugs, of course! This fun Valentine’s Day craft is sure to get everyone smiling. It uses household items, like an empty paper towel roll, so you may already have everything you need to get started. Who knew a TP roll could be so cute?!

Create a sweet little seal with that sock that lost its mate

Create a sweet little seal with that sock that lost its mate

We all have them: those single socks pushed into the back of drawer, hoping to be reunited with their mates one day. If you have a sock that’s been missing its mate for some time now, why not try this fun winter craft with it? Kids just love how cuddly this lovable sock seal is!

Thanks for making our Laps4Literacy event a HUGE success, volunteers!

Thanks for making our Laps4Literacy event a HUGE success, volunteers!

Always ready to lend a hand, our volunteers helped out with hair and face painting and the obstacle course. They also volunteered in the infant play area, and handed out fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market.

Again, thank you to our volunteers from Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster Queens, Palmdale Queens and Rancho Vista Queens and all the individual volunteers who took the time to support CCRC.

Laps4Literacy promotes the importance of literacy in conjunction with CCRC’s campaign, “What a Difference a BOOK Makes.” Every child that attended this event also took home an age-appropriate book.

This community family play day event followed by a glow walk/run is the biggest free community event in Antelope Valley.

Try these brain-building Vroom interactions with children ages 0-5

Try these brain-building Vroom interactions with children ages 0-5

You already have what it takes to be a brain builder and positively impact the first five years of a child’s life. With Vroom, you can make the most of fun everyday moments like singing, talking and playing — and help set children up for a lifetime of success.

Smile Starter: DIY Story Stones

Smile Starter: DIY Story Stones

Story stones are a great way to practice children’s sequencing, vocabulary and recall skills. Plus, they’re super fun to play with! Spark creativity by making up a story about dinosaurs, or base your story on what children remember about a recent trip to the museum, zoo or park. 

Have fun and take home activity ideas with Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Have fun and take home activity ideas with Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn is CCRC’s engaging early learning program for young children 0-5. The goal is to work with parents, caregivers, family, friends, neighbors and exempt providers to support them in preparing children for success in school and life through quality early childhood experiences. 

 

Join the Child Care Initiative Project today

Join the Child Care Initiative Project today

Are you currently running or starting up a family child care home? Become a part of the Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) — and benefit from free training, support and more.

Smile Starter: Underwater fireworks Activity

Smile Starter: Underwater fireworks Activity

What’s not to love about fireworks? They’re bright, beautiful and exciting. If you’re looking for an easy, safe and fun science project to do with firework loving kids, this is one mesmerizing experiment you’ll want to try. Create a whole new kind of fireworks show in a glass with just food coloring, water and oil. It couldn’t be easier.

Turn shared moments into brain building moments with Vroom

Turn shared moments into brain building moments with Vroom

According to new science, children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time you connect with them their eyes and their brains light up. In every one of these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in everything you say and do. That’s why Vroom’s here.

Colorful chalky paint

Colorful chalky paint

What kid wouldn’t love to paint your front walk with chalk? It couldn’t be easier to create a chalky paint that goes on wet then dries opaque, just like sidewalk chalk. It’s the perfect activity for budding artists — and a ton of fun for the whole family. 

SEIU Early Educators Apprenticeship

SEIU Early Educators Apprenticeship

The SEIU Early Educators Apprenticeship *(SEEA) Program is a collaborative project of the Service Employees International Union and the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) that offers in-depth, comprehensive early care and learning trainings to Family Child Care Providers. The SEEA program is designed to enhance the practices of early care professionals through coaching services and education support.

Why not host a book drive for CCRC’s What a Difference a BOOK Makes campaign?

Why not host a book drive for CCRC’s What a Difference a BOOK Makes campaign?

CCRC is looking for volunteers like you to help collect children’s books for kids within the community.  By hosting a book drive for our What a Difference a BOOK Makes campaign at your home, school, club, church or office, you’ll help provide children with the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.

A Matter of Minutes is all it takes

A Matter of Minutes is all it takes

Thousands of children and families are tragically affected by non-traffic-related incidents with vehicles every year. In May 2014, seven children died in hot cars during a 16-day period in four states. All but one was left by a family member. 

Smile Starter: Sugar Writing Tray

Smile Starter: Sugar Writing Tray

When it comes to learning the ABCs and 123s, practice makes perfect. However, having kids write letters and numbers with pencil and paper can get a bit repetitive. So why not shake things up (literally) with this fun, yet simple, sugar writing tray? It’ll change the way children learn.

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