Celebrating Provider Appreciation Day

This year we celebrate Provider Appreciation Day on May 6 to honor child care providers across the nation for the extraordinary work they do. This special day is intended to recognize all those who nurture, teach, and care for children in multiple settings across the country. Although Provider Appreciation Day is recognized every year in… Read more »

What You Need to Know: Zika Virus

Content Updated: May 4, 2016, original post January 29, 2016. It’s a funny sounding name, but this virus is no joke. The Zika virus is growing health concern that has the attention of lead health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Zika is spread through… Read more »

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Participate in National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – Thursday, May 5!

Guest blog post by Laurie Rackas Finding Help, Finding Hope. That’s the theme of this year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Awareness Day was created to help focus the nation’s attention on the importance of children’s positive mental health and the essential role it plays in overall healthy development. On Thursday at 7 p.m…. Read more »


Emergency Preparedness Funding Announced for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies—CCR&Rs as Community Resilience Hubs. This initiative, administered through CCAoA’s emergency preparedness team aims to increase the capabilities of communities working with child care centers and family child care providers in preparing, responding, and… Read more »


April 2016 Footnotes

Spring is officially here! The trees are blooming, the days are getting longer, and the weather is beckoning for people to spend all their time outdoors. We were excited to see many of you who visited Washington, D.C. earlier this month for our biennial 2016 Symposium. For those who missed the event, video recordings and… Read more »

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Description: This young African-American boy was have a fun, imaginative time play with his toys in a backyard sandpile. Children love playing outside, and this child was thoroughly enjoying his this time having fun in the fresh outdoor air, and the beautiful weather.It is important to know that sunscreen should be applied on any exposed skin, and children should wear clothing appropriate for this kind of outdoor play including sneakers, shirts, and long pants, all of which protect the children from splinters, and abrasions. It’s also a good idea to have children play in groups rather than alone, not only to improve safety, but for the purpose of cultivating friendships as well.

It is also important to note that proper handwashing is a must after playing in any outdoor environment, thereby, removing contaminants from the skin surface, including viruses such as H1N1.Keywords: Sunblock Physical activity; Asthma attack; Black; H1N1

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Did you know that May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this lung disease affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including one in twelve children.  It causes three in five people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss… Read more »

Laundry Pods Pose Ingestion Risk to Children

February of 2012 saw the introduction of laundry detergent “pods” to the market. These pods are small, highly-concentrated single-dose packets, which are brightly colored, often mimicking candy. Since their introduction the pods have been causing an uptick in exposures, as young children mistakenly ingest them. Research conducted in 2012 and 2013 found 17,230 reported exposures… Read more »


USDA Announces New Meal Pattern Guidelines for Child and Adult Care Food Program

On Friday, April 22, 2016, the USDA announced that it has finalized meal pattern revisions to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This rule updates the meal pattern requirements to better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Changes are as follows:… Read more »

Content Provided by: Judy Schmidt
This photograph shows an infant held by his mother, receiving an intramuscular vaccination in the thigh.

 Vaccinations are most often given to optimize the immune response of the vaccine and reduce the adverse reactions in and around the injection site. Infants and young children should be vaccinated in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. It is a healthy well developed muscular area and has a low risk of neural, vascular and tissue injury making it the safest site of injection.

Resources for National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from serious vaccine-preventable disease like whooping cough, measles, and influenza. Immunization is a process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available… Read more »

Preparations for a parade during the Veterans Powwow.

Child Care Aware® of America Celebrates the Month of the Military Child

Families face many challenges when seeking child care—is it affordable and accessible, does it meet the child’s needs, and does the child care provider or center meet certain standards and requirements? Now let’s think about the military family, who faces additional obstacles. According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military personnel move an… Read more »

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