Author: Julie Looper Coats

Toy Safety: Making Safe Choices This Holiday Season So Children Can Have Fun

The holiday season is a great time for family, friends and fun. It’s also a time for giving gifts, especially for our excited little ones. When purchasing toys for our little ones, it’s important that they are not only age appropriate but safe. In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S…. Read more »

2018 Hurricane Season: Let’s Get Ready

The 2018 hurricane season is almost upon us and Child Care Aware® of America wants to ensure that you and those for which you care are ready! According to the National Weather Service, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins on May 15 and ends November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June… Read more »

National Infant Immunization Week is Only A Week Away

From April 21 – 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with partners, community leaders, healthcare professionals and stakeholders, will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities…. Read more »

Flu Season is Here: Take Precautions to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Healthy

According to the CDC, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The 2017-2018 flu season arrived early and in some… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

Site Diagrams Made Easy – Do You Have One for Your Child Care Facility?

An alarm rings…lights flash…you regularly practice fire drills, so you know this is the fire alarm. You need to evacuate, but what do you take with you?  Where is the closest exit?  What happens if the closest exit is blocked?  How can you evacuate yourself and your roomful of toddlers quickly and easily? Ensuring that… Read more »

Should I stay or should I go?

Not only are these catchy song lyrics, these are common questions you may ask yourself following an emergency or disaster event that affects you, your program, neighborhood, or community. Different types of emergencies constitute different reactions – if you smell smoke or hear a fire alarm, evacuate quickly! However, if you learn of a tornado… Read more »

Flu Season is Still Here: Protect Yourself and the Children in Your Care

With daylight savings time here, you may think that flu season has passed; that is not necessarily the case. Although spring is near, colds and the flu can still affect all of us. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 2016-17 flu season has been moderate and is expected to continue for several… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

Protect Yourself in an Earthquake: The Great ShakeOut!

Drop! Cover! Hold On! These three, simple steps can help you protect yourself during an earthquake. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that this is the appropriate action and steps to take in order to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. On the third Thursday of October… Read more »

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