Category: Child Care

Health Resource Spotlight: A Water-Loving Otter Named Potter

The Problem The average 4- to 5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, or 65 pounds per year! The majority of that sugar comes from fruit drinks, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy. One Solution A storybook for young children featuring a beloved animal whose loves to drink—and spread the word about… Read more »

Helping Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Over 9,000 children under six experience homelessness in Kansas and over one million nationwide. These children face an increased risk of experiencing developmental delays, physical health and social-emotional problems. Early childhood, specifically infancy, is the stage of life correlated with the highest risk of residing in a homeless shelter. High quality early childhood education, including… Read more »

Children’s Environmental Health Day

Now more than ever, the need to protect the health of the most vulnerable among us is paramount. Children are our most valuable resource—they represent the very future of our nation. Yet over the past few decades children have faced increasing rates of chronic illness and developmental issues linked to environmental exposures and our changing… Read more »

As Hispanic Heritage Month Comes to a Close, Look to the Future!

Latinos are a vibrant, and as we have been reminded of recently, resilient people. Today’s Latinos are over 55 million strong, making up nearly 20 percent of the American population. Even as one of the fastest-growing demographics, Latinos are seldom invited to have a seat at the table, in particular, when it comes to decision-making… Read more »

Family Engagement: What IS IT and What Does It LOOK LIKE?

Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement, many of whom spend 30 hours or more per week in out of home care.  Over 100,000 of Kansas children are served through Kansas early care programs. Early care and education settings are… Read more »

Congress Will Miss Deadline on Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs

With the authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative expiring tomorrow, September 30, Congress will miss the deadline for extending these critical programs. Unfortunately, this lapse in funding could put many programs at-risk of closing and deny children access to health… Read more »

Student Parents Add Child Care to Their School Supply Lists

Unfortunately, students with children are especially unlikely to complete higher education programs within six years of enrollment and only 33 percent of those students will earn a degree or certification in that time. When compared to families with low-incomes, the disparity is even greater. Student parents devote more than 30 hours per week to dependent care and… Read more »

Riding Out the Storm

We got hit by a tornado on a Sunday afternoon in late May. It was a holiday weekend, so most of our neighbors were out of town. I was out shopping in Forest Lake with my 4 year old, and my husband was at home.  We were experiencing a terrible storm in Forest Lake—it was… Read more »

Where in the World? Visualizing Data through Mapping

Where are child care programs located? How many children attend child care programs? Where can I find child care after 8 p.m.? Answering these questions is important as parents attempt to navigate the when, where, how and who of securing quality, affordable child care. Additionally, these questions become important after a disaster, particularly as communities… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Understanding Preschool Expulsion

The Problem: In the past few months, much has been written about the too-common issue of preschool expulsion. Where can early childhood educators turn if they want to better understand the issue, its root causes, and how they can become part of the solution? One Solution: The National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness… Read more »

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