Category: Health and Safety

Provider Health Spotlight on Cindy Hodges

Spotlight Cindy Hodges, provider, Tioga Early Childhood Development Center, Tioga, Texas The Problem Birthday parties. Every time one of the children in the Pre-K class had a birthday, the celebration involved cookies, cupcakes, or cake. The teachers wanted to: 1) help the children learn about healthy snacks and 2) avoid the “sugar high” brought on… Read more »

Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

Child care providers have a unique role to play when it comes to being prepared for many types of hazards and emergencies. During the summer months, children may be with you for extended hours, and by spending more time outdoors and playing outside, children are more susceptible to bug bites and stings. Not only can… Read more »

Fight the Bite of Mosquitoes this Summer

Summer is here, and with it the pesky hassle of mosquitoes. This year, the threat of mosquitoes has been in the spotlight more than usual thanks to the Zika virus. There are many effective ways to avoid mosquitoes and prevent those annoyingly itchy mosquito bites. Eliminate Places Where Mosquitoes Live and Breed When we talk… Read more »

Launch of New Children’s Environmental Health Blog Series

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are pleased to announce the launch of a new, recurring blog series covering environmental health and children. Blog posts will explore important issues that bridge the gap between environmental health and safety issues for children, including recent developments in these spaces, associated… Read more »

May 2016 Footnotes

May was a busy month for Child Care Aware® of America. We celebrated both mothers and child care providers across the nation as part of Mother’s Day and Provider Appreciation Day. Both serve an important role in not only nurturing but also educating children during crucial developmental stages in their lives. Below are some additional… Read more »

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2016

As the temperatures climb, the desire to involve children in water activities often rises as well.  After all, most of us enjoy the excitement and cooling effects that a swim in a pool, lake, or ocean can bring during the warm months! The week before Memorial Day, May 23-29, 2016, marks the twelfth annual Healthy… Read more »

May 15 – 21 is Designated as Hurricane Preparedness Week

“It only takes one”. That is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants you to remember about hurricanes. Only one storm can change your life and can change your community. Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are some of the most powerful, dangerous, and destructive storms that many will ever see. Proper planning and preparation… Read more »

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Participate in National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – Thursday, May 5!

Guest blog post by Laurie Rackas Finding Help, Finding Hope. That’s the theme of this year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Awareness Day was created to help focus the nation’s attention on the importance of children’s positive mental health and the essential role it plays in overall healthy development. On Thursday at 7 p.m…. Read more »

Emergency Preparedness Funding Announced for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies—CCR&Rs as Community Resilience Hubs. This initiative, administered through CCAoA’s emergency preparedness team aims to increase the capabilities of communities working with child care centers and family child care providers in preparing, responding, and… Read more »

April 2016 Footnotes

Spring is officially here! The trees are blooming, the days are getting longer, and the weather is beckoning for people to spend all their time outdoors. We were excited to see many of you who visited Washington, D.C. earlier this month for our biennial 2016 Symposium. For those who missed the event, video recordings and… Read more »

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