Welcome to our Family Voices Blog/Vlog series! These stories, written by families like you, will elevate the contemporary triumphs, challenges, and opportunities present in their local child care settings and the child care system as a whole. So, grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while you immerse yourself in the real-world child care experiences of families from across the nation.
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Prevent to Protect: The Most Common Unheard of Viral Cause of Birth Defect
by Guest Blogger, Cara Gluck, mother and CMV advocate
June 28, 2018
National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month is acknowledged during the month of June, however, most women have never heard of CMV (less than 9 percent).
CMV can pose an occupational risk to pregnant childcare providers due to the increased likelihood of contact with bodily fluids, saliva and urine during diaper changes, while working with young children. Pregnant women are most likely to get CMV from young children as it is a very common childhood virus, affecting up to 70 percent of healthy children between 1 and 3 years of age (National CMV Foundation). Otherwise healthy children may present with typical viral illness symptoms or none at all, while shedding CMV.
Kawasaki Disease: What All Families and Providers Should Know
by Guest Blogger, Laura Toni-Holsinger, mother and advocate
June 21, 2018
Child care providers play such a key role in the life of a child. But if you’re reading this, you already know that! While KD is rare, more than 5,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with it each year and that number is rising. One of them could be a child you care for and you can make a difference. The most important part about treating KD is catching and treating it early. The ideal time to begin treatment is within 10 days after a fever begins.
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Parent experiences with child care are both important and impactful! These stories can have a huge impact with regard to policy decisions; for example, they can help policymakers understand that they need to work to make child care more affordable or that the quality of child care needs to be improved.
Your voice matters, and your story can make a difference in the safety, quality, and affordability of child care!
We invite you to use the link below to share your child care story and would love to hear your thoughts on any of the following:
- provider compensation
- child care search, helpful child care information
- important considerations when choosing a child care provider
- relationship with child care provider
- the cost of child care, biggest child care related challenge
- determining high-quality child care
- keeping your child safe in a child care setting
- finding child care for a child with special needs
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