Category: Health and Safety

Provider Health Spotlight on Jennifer Hockensmith

Spotlight Jennifer Hockensmith, Sr. Program Director of Child Development, Hanover YMCA Early Learning Center, Hanover, Pennsylvania The Problem A lot of the staff members at the Early Learning Center were not physically active. Jennifer was worried about their health. The Solution She decided to pose a fitness challenge to the staff. She knew the challenge… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: New Briefs Covering CCDBG Health and Safety Topics

Spotlight New Briefs Covering Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Health and Safety Topics The Problem The new health and safety requirements are complicated, and figuring out the implications for individual child care programs can be tough. One Solution The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance just made it easier. The Center recently… Read more »

CCAoA Launches New Pilot Project to Help Communities Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Disasters

Arlington, VA, August 10, 2016 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is taking significant steps to strengthen the emergency preparedness of children and child care providers by working directly with three communities on a new two-year pilot project. Over the next two years, CCAoA will work with Child Care Aware® of Kansas, Child Care… Read more »

Dancing the Prep Step for Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month and Child Care of Aware® of America’s Emergency Preparedness Team is gearing up for a fun month! We will be posting a lot of tools, tips, and resources throughout the month of September. Sadly, less than half of American families have an emergency plan. However, we know that child care… Read more »

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 »

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