Category: Health and Safety

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources to Support Families Experiencing Homelessness

The Problem  Every year, more than one million children under 6 years old in the U.S. experience homelessness. How can providers support these vulnerable children and their families?  One Solution  There are two new resources on this topic posted on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website:  Caring for the Health and Wellness of… Read more »

Preparing for Wildfires: The Reality of Today

With wildfires spreading across the West, many cities and states are being impacted both directly by the fires and by the resulting air pollution from the smoke. This week, Seattle topped the list of worst air pollution in the world, and Washington state and Oregon had 4 of the top 5 worst air pollution days… Read more »

Resource and Referral’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding

Some families where breast milk is milk of choice don’t always rely on the mother to handle feeding. Sometimes, the mom pumps milk so that co-parents or other family members participate in the feeding process—and sometimes provide breast milk to child care providers to feed infants too.   While not every family is able to breastfeed their baby, many families who… Read more »

Prevent to Protect: The Most Common Unheard of Viral Cause of Birth Defect

It’s National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month, however, most women have never heard of CMV (less than 9 percent). CMV can pose an occupational risk to pregnant childcare providers due to the increased likelihood of contact with bodily fluids, saliva and urine during diaper changes, while working with young children. Pregnant women are most likely to… Read more »

Kawasaki Disease: What All Families and Providers Should Know

On October 2, 2016, my son Myles, then 4 months old, had a fever. His older sister had just been sick, so my husband and I thought Myles had caught a bug from her. Poor little guy. I guess that’s how it goes when you have multiple kids with exposure to a lot of germs… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Interactive Learning Modules for Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)

The Problem  CCHCs are health professionals who also are knowledgeable about child health, child development and health and safety in child care. But their training may not have equipped them with some skills (e.g., communicating effectively with programs) that are essential to their work.   One Solution  The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) just… Read more »

Active Shooter Training for Child Care Providers is Unfortunate but Necessary

In my role as a general manager for afterschool programs located in 20 public schools, the safety of our children is constantly at the forefront of our staffing and planning conversations. Our programs are part of a larger nonprofit organization, which has provided video training for employees on the topic of active shooters. While helpful,… Read more »

2018 Hurricane Season: Let’s Get Ready

The 2018 hurricane season is almost upon us and Child Care Aware® of America wants to ensure that you and those for which you care are ready! According to the National Weather Service, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins on May 15 and ends November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June… Read more »

Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum

The Problem The number one cause of death and disability for children in the U.S. is from injuries. Most injuries are preventable AND predictable. One Solution A new online Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settlings developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is an educational tool for child… Read more »

Addressing Trauma through Quality Early Learning Experiences

Early childhood professionals, researchers and policymakers are talking about childhood trauma. Traumatic events that children experience include abuse or neglect, divorce, or the incarceration of a parent. These experiences, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), are common, often occur together and can impact long-term health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Early… Read more »

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