Category: Health and Safety

Health Resource Spotlight: Daily Health Checks

The problem: Child care providers are expected to do a daily health check for each of the children in their care. However, not all providers are aware of what a comprehensive health check entails. One solution The Daily Health Check checklist, produced by the Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center at the University of… Read more »

Harper’s Story: An Unthinkable Tragedy and How You Can Prevent It

Harper’s Story: An Unthinkable Tragedy and How You Can Prevent It  It was a day like any other. Harper was a typical toddler full of love, laughs and life, when the unthinkable happened. Listen to Harper’s mother, Whitney, share how the events of that tragic day unfolded. Providers: hear her recommendation for preventing tragedies like… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Stress and Provider Health

The problem: Working in child care can be stressful and take a toll on many facets of a providers’ health, including oral health.  One solution: Stress and Health, the most recent tip sheet in the “Brush Up on Oral Health” series.  This resource explains the ways in which long-term stress can cause problems with your… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources for Child Care Providers to Make Healthy Choices

The problem: Child care providers care for and promote the health and wellness of our nation’s children but struggle to make healthy choices for themselves.  One solution: The Move Your Way campaign, which provides information and strategies for meeting the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans  With all the fitness fads and conflicting health advice out there, it can… Read more »

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 »

Statement from CCAoA on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

As our nation mourns a president, child care advocates are mourning one of the fiercest defenders of critical child care infrastructures. President Bush pledged his continued support of the National Commission on Children, paving the way for key legislative victories including the establishment of the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Children’s… Read more »

Support for Those Impacted by CA Wildfires: A Note from Our Deputy Executive Director

Child Care Aware® of America stands with our friends in California who are working tirelessly to support children and families who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. The organization will continue to support our members and partners through our emergency preparedness work, offering resources and assistance. If you would like to donate to the… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table

The Problem:  Early childhood programs are great places to help children learn good health habits, including oral health habits. But having children brush one at a time at the sink can be messy and time consuming.  One Solution:  A group activity known as toothbrushing at the table, in which children and staff sit around a… Read more »

The Aftermath: How a Texas CCR&R Supported Providers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

One year later, memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are grey and hazy, much like the lingering autumn skies that dropped trillions of gallons of water across Greater Houston. Before the flood waters receded, Collaborative for Children, the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for the 13-county Greater Houston region, faced a critical… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem  By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  One Solution  The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  Providers in centers and family child care… Read more »

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