Category: Health and Safety

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D-SNAP: Preparing for Disaster

Access to food is a critical part of disaster response and recovery. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is part of the national response network and provides Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits to those with low to moderate incomes (who typically do not qualify for food assistance support) based on disaster-related expenses… Read more »

Recovering From Floods

Flooding is one of the leading causes of severe weather related deaths. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Flooding causes an average of $5 billion a year in damage, making it the most costly severe weather event. To recover from flooding events, follow… Read more »

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State Plans for Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities Participants

The state plans for Healthy Child Care, Health Communities participants have been reviewed! In an effort to support states in advocacy around their Child Care and Development Fund plans, Child Care Aware® of America summarized the state plans’ health content for Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, New York State, and North Carolina. CCDF state plans have… Read more »

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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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Health Resource Spotlight: New Briefs Covering CCDBG Health and Safety Topics

Spotlight New Briefs Covering Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Health and Safety Topics The Problem The new health and safety requirements are complicated, and figuring out the implications for individual child care programs can be tough. One Solution The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance just made it easier. The Center recently… Read more »

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CCAoA Launches New Pilot Project to Help Communities Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Disasters

Arlington, VA, August 10, 2016 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is taking significant steps to strengthen the emergency preparedness of children and child care providers by working directly with three communities on a new two-year pilot project. Over the next two years, CCAoA will work with Child Care Aware® of Kansas, Child Care… Read more »

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Dancing the Prep Step for Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month and Child Care of Aware® of America’s Emergency Preparedness Team is gearing up for a fun month! We will be posting a lot of tools, tips, and resources throughout the month of September. Sadly, less than half of American families have an emergency plan. However, we know that child care… Read more »

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New Reimbursement Rates for the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its new reimbursement rates for the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The rates are effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. USDA is required to update reimbursement rates for the program annually, on July 1, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The… Read more »

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CCAoA Announces New Healthy and Safe Child Care Funding Opportunity

Child Care Aware® of America, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Family’s (ACF) National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW), is pleased to announce a train-the-trainer funding opportunity for child care health and safety. Healthy and Safe Child Care: A Training of Trainers Opportunity is a training support and incentive grant… Read more »

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Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that children need vaccines right from the start. Parents and child care providers agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them from 14 serious and… Read more »

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