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Indian Valley Record 2A Wednesday, April 13, 2011 State's budget deficit hits working families Child, adult food, care and provi ler programs cut The last quarter Of 2010 was a very difficult tlne for fami- lies, children and the child care field. With a difficult budget deficit that was years in the making, the swipe of a blue pencil created the loss of child care for thousands of California children with only a two-week notice. Governor Schwarzenegger chose to end Stage 3 child care for families who were low-income, not re- ceiving cash aid, and many of whom paid a portion of child care. This also threatened the loss of income to many child care providers. The quick ad- vocacy of parents, child care providers and agencies like Plumas Rural Services, Child Care Resource and Referral across California immediate- ly went into action to stop this decision. Child care keeps Plumas County working, and Stage 3 recipients are working fami- lies that pay taxes and sup- port the local economy. Help- ing familieswith a full or partial payment for their child care is crucial to keep- ing them working and off of welfare assistance. Local. community organizations, the representatives in the child care field, have spoken with loca'l legislators, repre- sentatives and the governor on behalf of subsidized child care' services. Plumas Rural Services, Child Care Resource and Re- ferral appreciates the support that the community has of- fared during a difficult time that does not look fiscally much better in the next year. Their commitment to the child care community and the families who utilize their ser- vices is unwavering. As a pri- vate nonprofit organization, Plumas Rural Services appre- ciates any donations from the public to help offset the di- minishing funds received from the state and federal government. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) pro- motes the health and well- ness of young children, and increases access to meals in family child care. Plumas County ChildCare Providers are eligible to participate in the CACFP program. The program provides reim- bursement for qualifying meals fed to children in care. This program is available to both licensed and non-li- censed, TrustLine registered providers. If you are a li- censed or TrustLine regis- tered provider and would like more information on this valuable program, call Anne Nielson at 283-4453, ext. *824. If you previously participated and dropped out, for whatever reason, now is a great time to give the program another try. The CACFP has an online program available that sim- plifies participation and with new Tier I •boundary guidelines, you may qualify for the higher reimburse- ment rate. The Plumas Rural Services' Child Care Resource and Re- ferral and Child Care Pay- ment programs offer some of the only assistance available to families needing child care. Most of these services are available at no cost. Free .child care referrals to li- censed family child care homes and child care centers are available to anyone. Dur- ing the referral process, infor- mation is provided on choos- ing quality care, what to look for when making a site visit to a potential provider, and how to interview a provider before making a choice. In addition to services for families, the PRS Child Care Resource and Referral pro- gram is the only service avail- able for those who are consid- ering pursuing their own in- home family child care li- cense. A license is required for anyone who wishes to op- erate a child care business in their home and allows the child care provider to provide less than 24-hour care for one - 14 children ranging in age from 0 - 12. Before applying for a license from Community Care Licensing in Chico, po- tential providers must attend a Child Care Orientation pro- vided by PRS, attend a health and safety training provided by Feather River College, at- tend an adult/pediatric CPR Plumas Commu.nity Radio Tune In. We're on the Airl Listen to YOUR local community radio station • Tune in Mondays 8 to 10:00 om for The Laboratory, with Tom Neill, featuring all things alternative • Join Janet Crain Tuesdays. 3 to 5 Dm For Sauti (Voice of the People), A celebration of African music For underwriting, call 283-0901. Visit us on the web for more information: : T .......... GH, Packages Starting at: FOR 12 MONTHS FOR LIFE INSTALLATION in up to 6 rooms H D DVR ovR is leased. ($6/mo DVR Service fee applies) Offer requires 24-month Agreement• Courtesy of Plumas Satellite, requires your DIRECTV bill and subscription to AT120 or higher. Plumas SMe!l!te Your local DISH Network connection, Serving our community since 1989 1 800 434 7428 530-284-1701d'sl • • • 530-257-5767 N ,. T w o R Visit us online at: AUTHORIZED RETAILER Digital Home Advantage plan requtrea 24-month agreement and credit qualiflceon. Cncellation fee of $1LSB/menth remaining applle if service Is terrnlnafed before end of agreement. Programming credits apply duflng first 12 months. $10/mo HD add-on fee waived for I of cuent acuount; requires 24-month agreement, continuous enrollment in AutoPay wlth Papedess Billing. Showtime offer ($39 value) requires AdtoPay with Papefless Billing; after 3 months thea-curd pco applies unless you downgrade. Free Standard Professional Instal¼on only• All equipment is leased and must be returned to DISH Network upon cencelleon ot unreturned equipment fees apply, limit 6 leased tuners per account; upfrent and monthly fees may apply based on type and number of receivers. HD programming requires HD television. Prices, packages and programming subject to change without notice. Offer available for new end qualified former customers, end subject to terms of applicable Promoonal and Residential Customer agmemeflts. Additional resb'ictions may apply. Offer ends 5/17111. SHOWTIME end related marks are registered trademarks of Showtime Netwod Inc,, a CBS Company. Gilt with rchase is courtesy of Plumss Satellite and will be provided to the 'customer at the time of activation with no required redemption process. and first aid class sponsored by PRS, and have a TB test/clearance provided by the Plumas County Health De- partment or local medical clinic. They are also required to submit fingerprints through the Plumas County SheriWs Office for a LiveScan background clearance. Fami- ly child care providers are re- quired to conduct their busi- ness from their primary resi- dence, they may not have out- side employment during child care hours, and they must meet all of the health and safe- ty standards as indicated for the state Of California. A person who provides child care in their own home for only one family at a time is not required to have a child care license. If the chil- dren being cared for are re- lated by blood or marriage to the caregiver, a license is not required. If care is being provided as part of a coop- erative arrangement between parents and no money is exchanged, a license is not required. However, a non-li- censed provider is still expect- ed to provide a healthy and safe environment, provide nu- tritious meals and understand their role as a mandated re- porter of suspected child abuse. If the family they are providing care for qualifies for and is receiving child care payment assistance, they will also be required to have a LiveScan background clearance. Plumas Rural Services also offers a variety of training and workshops for child care providers, parents, grandpar- ents and foster, parents throughout the year. The Nur- turing Parenting workshops are a seven-week series that address ages and stages of growth and development; communicating with respect; developing family morals, val- ues and rules; positive disci- pline; and ways to deal with stress and anger. These class- es are offered in each commu- nity throughout the year. Some of the other workshops coming soon include: loss, trauma and young children; mandated child abuse report- ing; and the culture and care for young children. Call 283- 4453, ext. *832 for dates and times. PRS, Child Care Resource and Referral offers the only free child care referrals, the only assistance with the li- censing process and the only child bare payment assistance program; the also work closely with other programs throughout the county. Their collaboration with the Local Child Care Planning Council, the Child Abuse Prevention Cquncil, Plumas Crisis Inter- vention Resource Center and First 5 helps create a web of support for Plumas County families, child care providers and children. To learn more about the available programs and ser- vices available through Plumas Rural Services, call 283-4453, ext. *824 or visit their website at plumasrural Social ser00,ices' Rhodes retires Joshua Sebold Staff Writer Susan Rhodes recently re- tired from 40 years of public service to county, govern- ments when she left her post as a program manager in the Plumas Social Services De- partment. It was her job to keep track of the complex and ever-shift- ing regulations behind pro- grams like food stampsl Cal- works, MediCal, welfare-to- work and foster care. Rhodes saw many changes over the years as her field be- came more complex and the number of programs expand- ed greatly. She said there used to be on- ly a few major programs avail- able to the public and many people were turned away. "It was just really cut and dry. You were either eligible or ineligible." Rhodes says now there are time limits on programs that used to be pure entitlements, but more people with varying needs could get some level of government assistance. The program manager said much of her job was about managing employee moral. She said often her employ- ees saw people on the worst day of their lives, right before their application for aid gets turned down. "You feel for them: What do you do, short of taking money out of our pocket, which I think we've all done here before." Rhodes said she was leav- ing behind an excellent staff to move Closer. to her chil- dren, who grew up here in Plumas, but now live in Or- ange County. Need help REPI CATTY SINCE 1984 m Gelteral Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Plumas Board ofSupervisors Chairwoman Lori Simpson thanks Susan Rhodes (right) for her years of service to the county while Chester Supervisor Sherrie Thrall and others applaud at a Tuesday, April 5, meeting. Photo by Joshua Sebold INDIAN CREEK VIETERI00ARY CLiNiC PRESENTS TUF BI0000EST LOSEn CHALLENCiE For Overweight & Obese Dogs Helping your dog lose weight has never been easier! Sign up today for our 18 week Weight Reduction Program s119 enrollment fee includes; • Physical exam • Thyroid test • Blood panel • Urinalysis 'Prizes for the top•3 Biggest Losers 258 Old Arlington Rd., Crescent. Mills CA 284-6187 W LIVER! Quincy t 283-0800 Susanville 257-5321 Greenville 284-7800 Chester 258-3115 Portola 832-4646