Category: Infant and Toddler Care

Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem  By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  One Solution  The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  Providers in centers and family child care… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources to Support Families Experiencing Homelessness

The Problem  Every year, more than one million children under 6 years old in the U.S. experience homelessness. How can providers support these vulnerable children and their families?  One Solution  There are two new resources on this topic posted on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website:  Caring for the Health and Wellness of… Read more »

Resource and Referral’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding

Some families where breast milk is milk of choice don’t always rely on the mother to handle feeding. Sometimes, the mom pumps milk so that co-parents or other family members participate in the feeding process—and sometimes provide breast milk to child care providers to feed infants too.   While not every family is able to breastfeed their baby, many families who… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Responsive Feeding Modules

The Problem  Many different adults can impact the way a baby or child eats, including parents/caregivers and providers. However, those important adults may not understand or practice responsive feeding – the process of recognizing an infant’s cues for hunger or fullness and responding appropriately.   One Solution The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) has created a series of print… Read more »

Prevent to Protect: The Most Common Unheard of Viral Cause of Birth Defect

It’s National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month, 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… Read more »

Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum

The Problem The number one cause of death and disability for children in the U.S. is from injuries. Most injuries are preventable AND predictable. One Solution A new online Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settlings developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is an educational tool for child… Read more »

National Infant Immunization Week is Only A Week Away

From April 21 – 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with partners, community leaders, healthcare professionals and stakeholders, will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities…. Read more »

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resources

The Problem  Infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) is an evidence-based intervention for supporting young children’s social-emotional development. It teams a mental health professional with early care and education professionals to improve children’s social, emotional and behavioral health. However, many child care providers may not have access to or may not know how to get the most out of a mental… 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. As we think about how best to prepare, the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting offered some… Read more »

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