Category: Health and Safety

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 »

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 »

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 »

July 2016 Footnotes

Although it is hard to believe, the first day of school is right around the corner and many are busying themselves in preparation! Child Care Aware® of America has also been busy at work this month with various initiatives, including the release of our Child Care in America: 2016 State Fact Sheets. Below is more… Read more »

Laundry Pods Pose Ingestion Risk to Children

February of 2012 saw the introduction of laundry detergent “pods” to the market. These pods are small, highly-concentrated single-dose packets, which are brightly colored, often mimicking candy. Since their introduction the pods have been causing an uptick in exposures, as young children mistakenly ingest them. New research, appearing in the July 2016 journal Injury Prevention, examined… Read more »

Celebrating 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2016 marks the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.   The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: The I Am Moving, I Am Learning Tool

Spotlight The I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL) tool. The Problem It can be hard to know how to integrate movement or healthy habits throughout the day. One Solution IMIL is an interactive tool filled with quick and easy ideas for integrating movement, nutrition, and healthy habits into everyday life. There are two versions… Read more »

Reducing Obesity in Youth Act

Developing healthy eating habits and providing opportunities for active play and exploration early in a child’s life is crucial to creating a foundation for their physical health for years to come. Eating patterns, or choices regarding the amount and quality of food and nutrition, begin developing in children as young as seven months, so starting… Read more »

June 2016 Footnotes

Summer has arrived, and with it comes beautiful weather and longer days. This month we celebrated fathers, who play an important role in the early education and development of children. We also concluded Faces of Child Care, our eight-week series of stories from individuals who are transforming the child care system in inspiring ways. Learn… Read more »

Status of Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bills

By Summer Interns Abby Nugent and Luke Byrne Following the expiration of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 last fall, Congress has the opportunity to expand child nutrition programs to address the growing needs of families as well as extend access nationwide. Earlier this year the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry approved its… Read more »

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