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Take Action Against an Undetectable Gas: It’s National Radon Action Month

This month we are acknowledging National Radon Action Month. We encourage you to test your home and workplace for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level… Read more »

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Child Care Deserts: Getting a Handle on Child Care Supply and Demand

You might be wondering, “What is a Child Care Desert?”.  Just as food deserts — urban areas where it’s difficult to buy affordable, fresh food — can have an adverse impact on nutrition, “child care deserts” identifies an absence of an essential commodity to support the workforce that results in limited access, which current child… Read more »

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Helping Children Deal with Stress

2016 was in many ways, a year of big changes; 2017 will bring a lot of change too. As adults, we have developed ways to cope with stress and change—some of them healthy, like talking to friends, taking walks or runs, reading, playing or watching sports or deep breathing and meditation.  We see these all… Read more »

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December 2016 Footnotes

Following the close of 2016, we look back and reflect on our many accomplishments—from the launch of our 10th Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report to the start of our Child Care Works movement, just to name a few. This year we have experienced tremendous growth and a steady dose of positive… Read more »

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Teach Digital Literacy, Not Just Technology Use

Guest blog post by Nick Jaworski, Owner and Chief Digital Community Builder for Circle Social Inc. As NAEYC states in a policy statement issued on January 2012, “technology and interactive media are here to stay.” However, there remain many questions as to whether technology use with children in early childhood settings is beneficial or harmful… Read more »

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Child Care Health Summits – Colorado

Talk about change. Colorado’s early care and education system is undergoing major shifts, largely in response to new requirements at the state and federal levels. For starters, there are the new federal requirements in the reauthorized Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. In addition, last year Colorado’s child care licensing regulations were updated… Read more »

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Health Resource Spotlight: Reducing Stress

Spotlight Take Care of Yourself: Reduce Your Stress The Problem High levels of parental stress can cause health problems, make parenting more difficult, and contribute to stress and challenging behaviors in children. One Solution Take Care of Yourself: Reduce Your Stress is a four-page brochure that you can provide to parents to help them keep… Read more »

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Provider Health Spotlight on Alexis Hood

Spotlight Alexis Hood, Sunnyside Learning Center, Raymond, WA The Problem Children are our future, and society can’t afford to let them grow up physically inactive. The Solution Dancing, and lots of it! How She Did It Alexis is a role model when it comes to fitness, logging between 15,000 and 18,000 steps per day. She… Read more »

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Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

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Submit Your Proposal to Help Disseminate High-Quality Child Care Information to Vulnerable Families

PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED: We are pleased to share that the proposal deadline for the family and community engagement pilot opportunity has been extended to Monday, January 23, 2017. Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement. While all families with young… Read more »

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The 114th Congress Ends and President Obama Signs His Final Bills Into Law

During the late hours of December 9, the Senate avoided a government shutdown and approved H.R. 2028, a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the Federal government until April 28, 2017. CRs, which are used is the absence of a final budget bill, are funded at the same levels appropriated for the previous fiscal year (2016). In… Read more »

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