Category: Health and Safety

Provider Health Spotlight on Karen Ekdahl

Spotlight Karen Ekdahl, Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center, Bellingham, Washington The Problem Working with children can be very stressful, and the demands on staff just seem to grow. The Solution Offering some creative (and some extremely low-cost) health and wellness activities for teachers so they feel appreciated and cared for. How They Did It Bellingham… Read more »

New Grain Requirements in CACFP–Separating Wheat from Chaff

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? Want to know what “whole grain rich” means? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by ‘whole grain-rich’ foods. The new requirements apply… Read more »

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

Smoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom. Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working… Read more »

Getting Serious About Fire Safety

Over 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States last year. Fires have a significant impact on children, parents and child care providers. On average, every day 293 children are injured and at least one child dies from fire. Each year approximately 325 fires occur in child care centers. As we focus on fire… Read more »

Early Care and Education Innovations Webinar Series

Webinar #1: Actions to Promote Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures State Activities that Focus on Healthy Eating and Active Living in Early Childhood Looking to expand your state activities to promote healthy eating and active living for children and prevent early childhood obesity in early childhood settings? Join this webinar to learn more about what states… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Maranda Parker

Spotlight Maranda Parker, (former) Health and Fitness Education Specialist, White Birch Community Center, Henniker, New Hampshire The Problem Maranda wanted to create a fitness program for staff members, but a conventional after-work program wasn’t feasible. Many of the Center employees are working mothers and have nighttime commitments. The Solution A collective virtual walk to Miami… Read more »

Protect Yourself in an Earthquake: The Great ShakeOut!

Drop! Cover! Hold On! These three, simple steps can help you protect yourself during an earthquake. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that this is the appropriate action and steps to take in order to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. On the third Thursday of October… Read more »

Summary of CCDF Final Rule Now Available

Last month, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final rule for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) based on the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). This final rule updates CCDF regulations for the first time since 1998. The final CCDF rule includes regulatory changes on ensuring the health… Read more »

Minnesota Receives Child Care Emergency Preparedness Grant

Arlington, Va. – Child Care Aware® of Minnesota was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant. Grant funding from Child Care Aware® of America will support a new project designed to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts for children, parents, and child care providers, and to enhance coordination with first responder… Read more »

What You Need to Know: Zika Virus

Content Updated: February, 1, 2017, January 10, 2017, December, 6, 2016, October 1, 2016, August 22, 2016, August 3, 2016, June 23, 2016, May 16, 2016, original post January 29, 2016. It’s a funny sounding name, but this virus is no joke. The Zika virus is growing health concern that has the attention of lead… Read more »

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