Author: Julie Looper Coats

Flu Season is Here: Take Precautions to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Healthy

It is officially fall. Along with leaves changing, chillier weather, and pumpkin and apple cider-flavored treats, there is one more thing to keep your eye on – the seasonal flu. The seasonal flu is back again and without protection and precautions, it can cause harm to you and the children in your care. To protect… Read more »

Should I stay or should I go?

Not only are these catchy song lyrics, these are common questions you may ask yourself following an emergency or disaster event that affects you, your program, neighborhood, or community. Different types of emergencies constitute different reactions – if you smell smoke or hear a fire alarm, evacuate quickly! However, if you learn of a tornado… Read more »

Flu Season is Still Here: Protect Yourself and the Children in Your Care

With daylight savings time here, you may think that flu season has passed; that is not necessarily the case. Although spring is near, colds and the flu can still affect all of us. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 2016-17 flu season has been moderate and is expected to continue for several… Read more »

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 »

Protect Yourself in an Earthquake: The Great ShakeOut!

Drop! Cover! Hold On! These three, simple steps can help you protect yourself during an earthquake. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that this is the appropriate action and steps to take in order to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. On the third Thursday of October… Read more »

Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

Child care providers have a unique role to play when it comes to being prepared for many types of hazards and emergencies. During the summer months, children may be with you for extended hours, and by spending more time outdoors and playing outside, children are more susceptible to bug bites and stings. Not only can… Read more »

May 15 – 21 is Designated as Hurricane Preparedness Week

“It only takes one”. That is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants you to remember about hurricanes. Only one storm can change your life and can change your community. Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are some of the most powerful, dangerous, and destructive storms that many will ever see. Proper planning and preparation… Read more »

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Did you know that May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this lung disease affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including one in twelve children.  It causes three in five people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss… Read more »

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