Congress recently passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act includes many potential relief opportunities for the nation’s child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment.
The First Five Years Fund website informs about a small business relief program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is available to many child care businesses. This website provides information on how to apply as well as answers to many frequently asked questions about this program.
First Five Years Fund SBA website: https://www.ffyf.org/small-business-administration-sba-loans-immediately-available-to-child-care-providers/?fbclid=IwAR2fFpHDmeczmlmLqxOY7A-pMuA3OStk9IVtSqos56eOLyaxLxLuK1YhhXQ
For more information beyond what is included here, please visit the SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources website at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources or contact your bank.
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Due to COVID-19 national state of emergency, Central Valley Children’s Services Network is taking the precautionary measure of restricting public access to our main office located at: 1911 N. Helm Ave. Fresno, CA 93727 effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. It is important to understand that CSN is not shutting down services and staff will still be available via telephone, e-mail and fax.
All CSN attendance at community events will be cancelled. Non-essential in-person meetings and offsite office visits will be modified. CSN staff will be conducting all intakes, meetings, and other services through phone and internet meetings/interactions. For more information on service access please call (559) 456-1100.
The health and safety of our community is CSN’s priority. Thank you for understanding and helping us minimize the spread of this communicable virus as we adjust agency operations to implement preventative actions. Updates will continue to be provided as we move forward with these changes.
Debido al estado de emergencia nacional de COVID-19, Central Valley Children’s Services Network está tomando la medida de precaución para restringir el acceso público a nuestra oficina principal ubicada en: 1911 N. Helm Ave. Fresno, CA 93727, efectivo el lunes 16 de marzo de 2020 hasta nuevo aviso. Es importante comprender que CSN no está cancelando sus servicios y que el personal seguirá siendo disponible por teléfono, correo electrónico y fax. Se cancelara la asistencia de CSN en eventos comunitarios. Las reuniones en persona no esenciales y las visitas fuera de la oficina se modificarán. El personal de CSN llevará a cabo todas las citas, reuniones y otros servicios a través de interacciones por teléfono e internet. Para obtener más información sobre el acceso a nuestros servicios, llame al (559) 456-1100.
La salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad es la prioridad de CSN. Gracias por comprender y ayudarnos a minimizar la expansión de este virus transmisible a medida que ajustamos las operaciones de la agencia para implementar acciones preventivas. Se seguirán proporcionando actualizaciones conforme avancemos con estos cambios.
CSN understands that you may have many questions during this time of uncertainty.
Please know that you are not alone and WE THANK YOU for the critical role you all play in keeping services running and parents working while school districts are temporarily closed.
The Child Care Law Center (CCLC) is providing guidance with an FAQ section on its website for family child care providers impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, in English and Spanish.
These FAQ's will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
CCLC is also doing daily posts on their Child Care Law Center FB page, in English and Spanish.
Central Valley Children’s Services Network (a public benefit, non-profit, 501 (C) (3) agency) welcomes you to the premier source for child care referral and resource in Fresno County.
CSN promotes high quality care for all children in Fresno County. CSN provides parents, guardians, and child care providers with: support and education; links to community resources; and tools to empower caregivers to advocate for children. Within program guidelines, CSN’s responsive, knowledgeable staff offer individualized services and build collaborative relationships to meet the needs of children!
As a new addition to our referral system, we can now provide you with Online Referrals for any city within Fresno County. F.I.N.D. Care maintains a current listing of all licensed and a license exempt child care providers in Fresno County who are in good standing with Community Care Licensing and CSN.
Our training courses are designed to help early childhood professionals complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking Child Development Professional Growth Hours, CDA credential renewal or in-service training. Our courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically for the early childhood professional.
***CEU Units are not Transferable to California universities or colleges at the moment.***
All children have the right to receive the highest quality care available. Parents need to know what to look for, what options are available to them and what questions to ask. This information is a guide to helping parents make an informed decision.
Trained referral counselors are on duty Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm to help parents locate licensed child care which meets family’s individual needs. The department maintains a current listing of all child care providers in Fresno County who are in good standing with Licensing and CSN.
There are 41 programs in Fresno County offering subsidized child care services. These programs receive their funding from many sources, including the state and federal government. Each funding source has its own set of eligibility requirements and each program receives a set amount of money determined by the Funder, not the local agency administering the program. To be placed on CSN’s Eligibility List you may download the application by clicking the link below. You may also call the CSN Eligibility List directly at: (559) 256-0966, or (559) 256-0943 to request an application and you will also receive assistance in completing the application.
Children’s Services Network believes that parents must become active participants in the interests of their child. That means being well informed about laws, regulations, and rights that you have as a parent. Scroll down for Spanish version.
Children’s Services Network sponsors the local Parent Voices group, which is parent-led and focuses on the immediate needs of parents and families. These parents collaboratively may address child care, housing, transportation, health insurance, adult literacy, parenting skills, and other selected topics. Within the group is the opportunity to develop leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills.