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Provider Health Spotlight on Jennifer Hockensmith

Spotlight Jennifer Hockensmith, Sr. Program Director of Child Development, Hanover YMCA Early Learning Center, Hanover, Pennsylvania The Problem A lot of the staff members at the Early Learning Center were not physically active. Jennifer was worried about their health. The Solution She decided to pose a fitness challenge to the staff. She knew the challenge… Read more »

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Advancing the Early Childhood Profession

Child care providers—regardless of whether you refer to them as early childhood professionals, educators, or teachers—play a vital role in the early education and care of children. This is especially important given that the early years of a child’s life are the most critical for development. We know that children who receive high-quality child care… Read more »

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Labor of Love: A Mother’s Life-Changing Journey to Quality Child Care

The importance of high-quality, affordable child care extends beyond children and families. It affects everyone. Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to launch Faces of Child Care, an eight-week series of stories from individuals of various walks of life who are affected by child care. Every Wednesday, until June 29, you will meet an… Read more »

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization In Reach

Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to markup the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” a bill that reauthorizes and amends the child nutrition portion of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA). Child care providers across the country depend on federal funding to feed children in early care and education settings…. Read more »

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Developmental Monitoring and Screening Supports Healthy Child Development

All children are develop and learn at a different rate, but some children may need more play, practice or teaching of certain skills in order to master them. Developmental monitoring and screening can provide parents, caregivers and physicians reassurance that a child’s development is on track, or might signal that a child may need additional… Read more »

Tipton Adaptive Day Care was the November 2015 Provider of the Month. They use an adapted curriculum to ensure that children of all developmental abilities are able to access daily activities.

Tipton Adaptive Daycare – November 2015 Provider of the Month

Photo courtesy of Deborah VanderGaast, Tipton Adaptive Dayare Congratulations to Deborah VanderGaast, RN, BSN, and the staff at Tipton Adaptive Daycare in Tipton, Iowa. They have been named Provider of the Month for November 2015, and they are the first care provider recognized through the program with a focus on children with special needs and… Read more »

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Keeping Children Safe on Child Health Day and Every Day

Child Health Day is October 30, and while we care about child health, nutrition, and obesity prevention every day of the year, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the specific issues of lead poisoning and fire safety. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31! To celebrate, let’s learn how to keep the… Read more »

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month, and kicks off the Latinos Achieve White House Initiative. Outgoing Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, describes the importance of the Latinos Achieve initiative to our children and our nation: “Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth. Making… Read more »

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Fulfilling the Promise of Early Childhood Education: Advancing Early Childhood Education As a Professional Field of Practice

By Stacie G. Goffin, Rhian Evans Allvin, Deb Flis, and Albert Wat Early childhood education (ECE) is in the spotlight as never before. Being in the limelight, however, has highlighted the field’s fragmentation and the variability in the quality of children’s formal early learning experiences. This reality is unlikely to change, though, unless the ECE… Read more »

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Ilse Wilson and Fairyland Family Child Care – August 2015 Provider of the Month

Photo courtesy of Ilse Wilson, Fairyland Family Child Care Congratulations to Ilse Wilson and the staff at Fairyland Family Child Care in Sandy, Utah. They have been named Provider of the Month for August 2015, and they are the first home care provider to be honored through the new campaign! Creating a fun, caring, healthy,… Read more »

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