Category: Health and Safety

World Environmental Health Day: Building Awareness around Tobacco Control

The International Federation of Environmental Health has declared September 26, 2016 World Environmental Health Day, with this year’s theme focused on tobacco control. Child Care Aware® of America and our partners, including the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), are focusing specifically on the negative health effects of second- and third-hand smoke to both individuals and… Read more »

Tulsa’s Child Care Resource Center Awarded Emergency Preparedness Grant

Tulsa, Oklahoma – September is National Preparedness Month, and Child Care Resource Center is celebrating by kicking off a new two-year emergency preparedness project. Tulsa-based Child Care Resource Center, a program of the Community Service Council (a United Way partner agency), was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant…. Read more »

September is National Preparedness Month

Wildfires in the West Heavy Rain and Flooding in Louisiana and bordering states Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes across the Midwest Tropical Storms and Hurricanes moving towards Hawaii and the Gulf Coast All of these extreme weather situations have occurred over the past few weeks and serve as an important reminder that emergency preparedness is critical… Read more »

D-SNAP: Preparing for Disaster

Access to food is a critical part of disaster response and recovery. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is part of the national response network and provides Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits to those with low to moderate incomes (who typically do not qualify for food assistance support) based on disaster-related expenses… Read more »

Recovering From Floods

Flooding is one of the leading causes of severe weather related deaths. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Flooding causes an average of $5 billion a year in damage, making it the most costly severe weather event. To recover from flooding events, follow… Read more »

State Plans for Healthy Child Care, Healthy Communities Participants

The state plans for Healthy Child Care, Health Communities participants have been reviewed! In an effort to support states in advocacy around their Child Care and Development Fund plans, Child Care Aware® of America summarized the state plans’ health content for Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, New York State, and North Carolina. CCDF state plans have… Read more »

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 »

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