Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can build their children’s brains in everyday moments like bath time and meal time. The tools are free of cost, simple enough to fit into parents’ daily routines, and right at their fingertips. Child Care Aware® of America will activate it’s nationwide Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network in the use of Vroom messages and tools. An initial ten sites will also be identified to create a blueprint for using Vroom in the childcare context through deeper programmatic integration. The CCR&R network will greatly expand Vroom’s reach to families through childcare providers across the country. Visit www.joinvroom.org/parents for more information.
Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will expand its technical assistance activities in targeted states emphasizing health, nutrition, and obesity prevention, key components of Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) implementation. This two-year grant will leverage this unique opportunity to work with 6 – 8 states to integrate healthy eating, nutrition, and obesity prevention best practices in their state plans and priorities. To accomplish this, CCAoA will partner with and provide tools, resources, and on-site training and technical assistance to Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and their community-based partners in early care and education focused on moving the needle on healthy communities. Ultimately, this grant will encourage states to incorporate health and nutrition as key components of quality child care.
Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will begin a new initiative focused on improving access to accurate and accessible information about quality early childhood education and care, particularly low income families, by partnering with local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies.
The two year grant from the Kellogg Foundation will provide Child Care Aware® of America an opportunity to increase understanding of how to better develop communication strategies, partner with and meet the early care needs among underserved, vulnerable families.
Let’s Move! Child Care is a nationwide call-to-action to empower child care and early education providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. As a national partner in Let’s Move! Child Care, Child Care Aware® of America supports the initiative’s five goals by helping child care providers increase physical activity in their classrooms, reduce screen time, improve food and beverage choices and support infant feeding. Are you a child care provider? Become an official Let’s Move! Child Care provider by meeting these five goals. Learn more about why you should participate and finds tips on implementing the Let’s Move! goals in your classroom here.
At Kaplan Early Learning Company, education is the cornerstone of our family business. We provide developmentally appropriate educational products to families and we are a total solution for early childhood educators – offering everything from cribs for your infant/toddler classroom, to curricula for your preschool classroom, and family engagement materials for your elementary classroom. Outside of the classroom, we have dozens of professional development presenters, partnerships for online learning, a full-service playground installation solution and turn-key setup for opening new child care centers. Learn more about Kaplan Early Learning Company.
Child Care Aware® of America and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a plan at the 2014 CCAoA Symposium to provide CCR&Rs and families with free resources to improve the overall well-being of children in child care. This two-year partnership includes a pilot program designed to provide Sesame Workshop’s multimedia materials about resilience to children and families as a way to promote family engagement. To view and order these and other Sesame Workshop materials, click here.
The partnership between the Council for Professional Recognition and Child Care Aware® of America focuses on three critical areas: empowering early educators with a living wage and professional development; helping families make good child care decisions with reliable and accessible information, and creating an affordable child care system that works for families.
WGBH, Boston’s PBS station and Child Care Aware® of America partner, has launched an all-new bilingual website and curriculum for Peep and the Big Wide World, the Award-winning preschool STEM series for 3-5 year olds. The new website, available in English and Spanish, includes an extensive collection of educational materials and professional development tools for center-based and family-based early childhood educators. While childcare centers have usedPEEP activities for a decade, PEEP now acknowledges the unique demands of family childcare providers. The expanded website features six curriculum units—Color, Plants, Ramps, Shadows, Sound, Water—in Spanish and English. Each provides weeks of exploration and features activities, videos, and book recommendations. It also includes PD videos hosted by English- and Spanish-speaking family child care educators and English-speaking preschool educators. The videos show strategies for effectively teaching science to preschool children, including the intentional use of Science Talk, Learning Environments, Individualized Instruction, and Documentation and Reflection.