The Learning Center

The Learning Center includes a Resource Library and Play Space that is open to the public. A variety of developmentally appropriate toys and materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age children, and children with special needs are available, and can be borrowed by parents, child care providers, and professionals for use at home or school. There are also a variety of books and DVDs on educational and parenting topics.

Our Child Development Lending Libraries are open daily in each of our office locations. Please check the Grass Valley calendar for availability. For Truckee and Loyalton, please call first.

Grass Valley
420 Sierra College Drive, Suite 100
Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:00 to 5:00 Monday - Thursday
8:00 to 2:00 Friday
10075 Levon Avenue, Suite 201A
Truckee, CA 96161
8:00 to 4:30 Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Closed for lunch from 12-12:30
701 Main Street, Suite 1
Loyalton, CA 96118
1:00 to 6:00 Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Closed for lunch from 12-12:30

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.

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 are made by local public and nonprofit agencies and may be faxed to 530 272-1354 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. Please click here to make a donation via PayPal.  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. 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.

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.

BABY STEPS - Group for infants 9-15 months and parents
Playgroup utilizing Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) Inspired philosophy
Mondays 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

TOTS AND TWOS – Group for Toddlers 18-36 months and parents
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

GPOPS (Grandparents of Preschoolers) –Group for Toddlers 18-36 months and grandparents
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Call to confirm schedule and availability 530 272-8866