Category: Health and Safety

Child Care Aware® of America Statement on New Medicaid Work Requirement Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of the Trump Administration’s decision to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, many of whom are children, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), executive director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement: “Almost 70 million pregnant women, children and people with low incomes rely on Medicaid… Read more »

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care Available For Military Families

Raising a child with disabilities can be rewarding in unexpected ways. There’s the pride of seeing your child master a new skill, often after a struggle that typically developing children never know. Naturally, there are challenges involved in caring for a child with special needs, especially if the child’s physical or developmental disability is severe…. Read more »

The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do After a Disaster

As the end of the year nears, CCAoA’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been reflecting on the disasters that struck in 2017. Top-of-mind, of course, are the hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Our team worked directly with CCR&Rs affected by the storms and the providers they serve. This is the last of three blogs on lessons learned… Read more »

Preparing Children for Healthy Lives

Child care prepares our littlest for the future, by helping them learn and grow. A lot of time and energy is spent making sure that children are healthy right now, today in child care—we create safe environments, we do health checks, and our licensing and monitoring visits are designed to make sure that there are no… 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 »

Health Resource Spotlight: Tips for Keeping Children Safe – A Developmental Guide

The Problem We want young children to explore their environments, so they can acquire new skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, though, in the process of mastering skills such as eating solid foods or climbing, they can get injured. One Solution Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide is a tool that provides safety tips for… Read more »

Snow Safety: Five Steps to be Prepared

With winter right around the corner and temperatures dropping fast, this is the perfect time to prepare for a possible winter emergency. Many people love the idea of a few inches of fluffy snow falling from the sky, but all too quickly, that few inches can morph into the winter storm of the year. Fortunately,… 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 »

The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do During a Disaster

As the end of the year nears, CCAoA’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been reflecting on the disasters that struck in 2017. Top-of-mind, of course, are the hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Our team worked directly with CCR&Rs affected by the storms and the providers they serve. This is the second of three blogs on lessons learned… Read more »

National Child Nutrition Conference — Scholarships Available

The 32nd annual National Child Nutrition Conference is scheduled for April 19-21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted by the National CACFP Sponsors Association, this conference brings together professionals in the child nutrition community for three days of learning and networking. Over 1,000 participants from nutrition, nonprofit, education, and child care organizations in all 50… Read more »

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