Category: Health and Safety

Health Resource Spotlight: Virtual Early Education Center

Spotlight On Virtual Early Education Center (VEEC) The Problem There are so many health and safety practices that early care and education (ECE) programs must follow, that it can be hard to envision how all those pieces come together in one center. One Solution The interactive Virtual Early Education Center, developed by the National Center… Read more »

Guest Blog: The Importance of Including Children in Emergency Preparedness Planning

As a child care provider, you have chosen a profession of caring for children, and you try your best to protect them every day. There are many things you do to keep them safe, but it may be impossible to prepare for all possibilities. However, by including children’s needs and children themselves in preparedness planning,… Read more »

Legislation Protecting Children in Disasters

Child Care Aware® of America’s Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness, Andrew Roszak, is keeping track of all things disaster-related. He recently authored an in-depth look at recent federal initiatives aimed at protecting children in disasters, which appears at Domestic Preparedness.com Emergencies and disasters can have a profound impact on children. From 2004-2012, less than $0.01 of every… Read more »

Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation for Child Care/New York State Department of Health

It was a news article that changed the arc of Carla Wallin’s career. In the early 2000s, the article reported the results of a research study on breastfeeding rates in the U.S. Rates were falling, and the dip was associated with women returning to work or school after giving birth. That did not sit well… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Barb Sinner

Spotlight Barb Sinner, Barb’s Daycare, West Fargo, ND The Problem Barb has two goals: 1) to give the children in her care lots of time for movement and play, and 2) to prepare them for kindergarten. Can she do both well? The Solution Yes, by adopting a preschool program that marries learning and movement. How… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources

Spotlight On Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources The Problem Families and child care providers can face many challenges following a disaster, and they may not be aware of the various agencies that offer assistance. One Solution The following guidance document catalogs federal and other resources available to families, providers (including centers, in-home, and family… Read more »

March 2017 Footnotes

Spring has sprung here in our nation’s capital, and we welcome the warmer weather, longer days, and cherry blossoms with open arms. We have had a busy month in preparation for the upcoming Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit and our corresponding 30th anniversary kick-off in April. Our research team also continues work on… Read more »

Attention: Child Care Staff – Sign up for Health Round-Up News

Are you interested in health news as it relates to child care? Health Round-Up is a monthly subscription-based newsletter for child care staff, family child care providers, and state-level ECE stakeholders. The newsletter contains four key items: Health news and information “Research Round-up,” a selection of recent research related to child care and health. Includes… Read more »

Honoring Health Equity Day: What is Child Care’s Role?

Today is Health Equity Day, an opportunity to explore how child care plays an instrumental role in ensuring that all are afforded the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. We know that children’s health is shaped by their environments—where they live, what they eat, how much they play, and if they have access… Read more »

Interstate Collapse in Atlanta Offers Lessons for Parents and Providers

A section of one of the country’s busiest corridors collapsed on Thursday night, creating a traffic nightmare for the foreseeable future. On Thursday, March 30, 2017, around 6 p.m., a fire was reported under a section of I-85 in Atlanta. The fire ultimately caused a section of the interstate to collapse around 7 p.m., stranding… Read more »

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