Lending Library

The Learning Center

The Learning Center in Grass Valley includes a Resource Library and Play Space that is open to the public when not in use, be sure to check the calendar. Parents and providers can borrow a variety of developmentally appropriate toys and materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children, and children with special need. We maintain a variety of books and DVDs on educational and parenting topics. Child care providers and professionals may use these materials at their Family Child Care Home, School or Center.

Becoming a member of our Lending Library is easy. Just stop by and fill out a simple information card (name, address, phone number). You may then check out items for two weeks at a time, with the possibility of extending that time if the item(s) is/are not requested and reserved by others.

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We also offer Child Development Lending Libraries at our Truckee and Loyalton office locations. Please call first at these locations to check availability.

Grass Valley
420 Sierra College Drive, Suite 100
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 272-8866

Please check calendar for availability
10075 Levon Avenue, Suite 201A
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-5960

Please call to check availability

701 Main Street, Suite 1
Loyalton, CA 96118
(530) 993-1288

Please call to check availability

Children’s Community Chest

When families encounter financial hardships, children suffer the most. The Children’s Community Chest Program is a discretionary fund to meet the needs of children in Nevada and Sierra Counties for which no other community support is available or who find themselves in a situation that requires a timely response.

A variety of hardships are funded, such as: emergency rental assistance, transportation needs, utility payment to avoid shut-off, car repairs, medical related costs, counseling services and summer camps.

This is truly a funding of last resort. Requests for Children’s Community Chest must be submitted by local public and nonprofit agencies and may be emailed to lvose@sncs.org. Click here for the Application and Guidelines.

Children's Community Chest is funded primarily through donations. Because of people like you, the Children's Community Chest works. 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit a child in need.

Thank you for your support.

Mobile Library

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services is bringing the resources of their Lending Library to area child care providers who are members of the Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN). The developmentally appropriate materials will be aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations with rotating themes such as: language and literacy, math, music and movement, nature, science and technology.

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In the future, SNCS looks forward to visiting providers to facilitate on-site activities.



These programs are designed for children and parents/caregivers – A trained facilitator guides parents on the value of interactive play with their infants and toddlers. The activities include social development and skills, language, fine motor, gross motor, creative expression, nutrition, and developing and encouraging curiosity and wonder.

See current Playgroups
$10.00 drop in fee or $35.00 fee- 4 consecutive wks. Call 530 272-8866 or email to register.

SIERRA COUNTY WIGGLES & GIGGLES–Ages 0-3 Family, Friends, & Neighbors
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 12:30-1:30 p.m. Downieville Library, 318 Commerical St. Downieville. RSVP to Jessica Norman (530) 993-1288 or jessican@sncs.org

To confirm schedule and availability for Grass Valley Playgroups call 530.272.8866