Category: Health and Safety

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to tobacco. Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium. It is estimated that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon… Read more »

November 2015 Footnotes

As I write this, we’re a week into December and already the past month feels like an eternity ago! Our policy team was especially busy in November, though we had some other staff on the road before the holidays as well. Around the Country Child Care Aware® of America was well-represented at the National Association… Read more »

Coping in the Wake of Mass Shootings and Violent Events

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, though I wish it could be under more pleasant circumstances. My name is Andy Roszak and I began working for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) this week as the new Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness. I’m excited to have been selected for this new position… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America to Launch Emergency Preparedness Program

Arlington, VA – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will launch a new emergency preparedness training and technical assistance program for Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies in three states, increasing the capacity of CCR&Rs to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in the case of emergencies or natural disasters. The three states… Read more »

October 2015 Footnotes

When you hear “October” you may think of Halloween and trick or treating, but we promise, the October Footnotes is all about treats! Our staff have been busy on the road and online, sharing their knowledge, expertise, and resources with members, advocates, and others all month long. Around the Country Dr. Dionne Dobbins, CCAoA’s Senior… Read more »

Keeping Children Safe on Child Health Day and Every Day

Child Health Day is October 30, and while we care about child health, nutrition, and obesity prevention every day of the year, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the specific issues of lead poisoning and fire safety. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31! To celebrate, let’s learn how to keep the… Read more »

Children and Obesity Prevention – What Really Works

We’ve seen recent numbers showing that rates of obesity are continuing to increase among some low-income children ages 2-5 – but there is hope on the horizon. New results from the first of its kind study show that obesity measures significantly improved among children ages 2-5 who participate in Head Start Center-based nutrition and healthy… Read more »

New Survey Shows Wide Support for School Meal and Dietary Guidelines

According to a survey sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a majority of Americans support the national school nutrition standards. The poll found that 9 out of 10 people in the United States support the national school nutrition standards, which were revised in 2010 as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. Additionally, 86… Read more »

Are You Prepared? Getting Ready for Emergency Preparedness Month

It’s no coincidence that we’re headed into hurricane season just as Emergency Preparedness Month is beginning. Hurricane Katrina, now ten years ago, has shown us where we’re lacking in disaster and emergency preparedness as a country, and where we need to step up as organizations and individuals. In order to help families better prepare for… Read more »

August 2015 Footnotes

I’m writing this as I ride the train from New York City headed back to Washington, D.C. on the last day of summer. Tomorrow the kids will return back to school in Virginia, and I am certain that there will be anticipation and perhaps a bit of (unadmitted) anxiety for what’s to come in the… Read more »

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