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Turn that empty egg carton into an educational greenhouse — and watch it grow!

Turn that empty egg carton into an educational greenhouse — and watch it grow!

Develop kids’ green thumbs early with this awesome gardening activity. Grab an egg carton and head outside to create your greenhouse, then bring it inside to see it sprout. Your windowsill’s a great place to put it so it gets a lot of light!

CCRC is participating in the Week of the Young Child with activities and storytelling

CCRC is participating in the Week of the Young Child with activities and storytelling

Bring the little ones out to CCRC’s libraries April 24-28 for fun games, storytelling and interactive activities during the Week of the Young ChildTM

Create a cute rocking paper plate bird that goes from craft to toy

Create a cute rocking paper plate bird that goes from craft to toy

Tweet tweet! Springtime’s all about blooming flowers and chirping birds. This super easy and fun paper plate bird craft gets kids excited for spring and inspires creativity. And once crafting is done, kids can play with these little fluttery friends like toys. They’ll really love gently rocking their beautiful birdies.

Say hello to spring with cute lion and lamb masks kids will love

Say hello to spring with cute lion and lamb masks kids will love

You know what they say about March... It comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. These adorable lion and lamb masks teach kids a little something about the weather changes this month — and are a fun and easy way to welcome spring!

Thank you for donating to our 2017 Coats 4 the Community drive

Thank you for donating to our 2017 Coats 4 the Community drive

This February, CCRC held its 1st Coats 4 the Community drive to help local children and families stay warm.

We received 500 coats, gloves, scarves and hats from members of our gracious community. The items are being distributed to individuals and families at each of CCRC's four location. 

CCRC collects and distributed donations all year round. Contact us if you have something to donate or if your family has a specific need.

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.

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