Category: Advocacy & Public Policy

Report: Arsenic in Nine Brands of Infant Cereal

A recent report from Healthy Babies Bright Futures found that infant rice cereal has six times more arsenic than other types of infant cereal. That finding builds on the evidence from previous studies, including one from Consumer Reports. Arsenic is strictly regulated in drinking water by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is legal… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Tell Me a Story

The Problem  One of the many responsibilities child care providers juggle is helping children develop their social-emotional skills. But providers need tools to guide their efforts.  One Solution  Both parents and early care and education professionals can use the Tell Me a Story series to support children’s healthy social-emotional development. It includes guides to six children’s books with social-emotional themes.  When Sophie Gets… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: The Latest from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Explore 40 recipes inspired by the cuisines of Central and South America, Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia and the Pacific Islands. Easy-to-prepare and kid-tested, the recipes introduce a few new spices or ingredients without being overwhelming. Each includes information on how the ingredients in the recipe would be credited in the Child and Adult… Read more »

Is it time?

I have a few more months until I can say I have officially finished school. I will have a newly minted master’s degree in social work with a lot of opportunity ahead of me (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Unfortunately, I feel I am being a bit too optimistic because, let’s be… Read more »

National Children’s Dental Health Month is Over, But…

Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Here are some tips for use year-round. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, even more common than asthma, hay fever, and childhood obesity. The good news is that there are… Read more »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting: Lessons Learned

The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past week were truly horrific. During six minutes of gunfire, fourteen students and three faculty members were killed and 15 were wounded. Sadly, active shooter situations are becoming all too common. Child Care Aware® of America, responding to the request of the early learning workforce, has developed… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Health Tips for Families Series – New Translations Added

The Problem Many child care resources are available only in English. They are not accessible to the one in five U.S. families who speak a language other than English in their homes. One Solution The Health Tips for Families Series —a collection of fact sheets for families—is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Arabic,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: I Like My Teeth

The Problem Children with poor oral health can experience a range of problems: difficulty concentrating due to tooth pain; health issues, such as infections; and impaired growth and development. One Solution Four colorful and informative posters on oral health from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). The I Like My Teeth… Read more »

Making Strides Toward Healthier Child Care

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama launched her Let’s Move! campaign in 2010, childhood obesity prevention has gained a lot of attention. Experts agree that obesity prevention needs to start early, and child care programs are a great place for children to build the eating and active play habits that will help them grow up… Read more »

What Should You Do If Your Child Care Program Experiences an Active Shooter Threat?

It’s a scary thought, but one that is on many minds as news reports of such events continue. The first 45 days of 2018 have seen 18 school shootings in the United States. The latest being the tragic deaths of 17 individuals at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That number is alarming. And… Read more »

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