Category: Health and Safety

The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children

Everyone agrees toddlers are cute–and they are! But if you are a daycare worker, a nursery volunteer, or have a toddler in daycare, you need to know about cytomegalovirus (CMV). What is CMV?  The month of June is National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. CMV, or cytomegalovirus (sī-to-MEG-a-lo-vī-rus), is a common virus, according to CongenitalCMV.org. Between 50-80% of… 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 »

Why Child Care Center Staff Need to Care About Flu Prevention

Every winter, influenza (the flu) ravages both adults and children, spreading like wildfire throughout the community and leaving many at home, in bed, feeling awful for days. Child care centers are affected because the influenza virus is highly contagious, and children are apt to spread the virus unknowingly both to their peers and to adults…. Read more »

Record-Breaking Start for 2017 Tornadoes: Prepare Your Child Care Program

2017 has seen an active start with tornado activity. There have been tornado outbreaks in each month of the year in 2017, and 636 preliminary tornado reports from January – April. That’s more than twice the normal amount to date; the average for January-April is about 299 tornadoes, according to the NOAA. On average, 1,200… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Christina Nelson

Spotlight Christina Nelson, Mountain View Child Care, North Troy, Vermont The Problem How can a child care program provide hands-on outdoor learning experiences that will instill in children a sense of responsibility for, and a connection to, nature? The Solution Scavenger hunts, snowshoeing, and chickens How She Did It Christina’s program has a vegetable garden,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Virtual Early Education Center

Spotlight On Virtual Early Education Center (VEEC) The Problem There are so many health and safety practices that early care and education (ECE) programs must follow, that it can be hard to envision how all those pieces come together in one center. One Solution The interactive Virtual Early Education Center, developed by the National Center… Read more »

Guest Blog: The Importance of Including Children in Emergency Preparedness Planning

As a child care provider, you have chosen a profession of caring for children, and you try your best to protect them every day. There are many things you do to keep them safe, but it may be impossible to prepare for all possibilities. However, by including children’s needs and children themselves in preparedness planning,… Read more »

Legislation Protecting Children in Disasters

Child Care Aware® of America’s Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness, Andrew Roszak, is keeping track of all things disaster-related. He recently authored an in-depth look at recent federal initiatives aimed at protecting children in disasters, which appears at Domestic Preparedness.com Emergencies and disasters can have a profound impact on children. From 2004-2012, less than $0.01 of every… Read more »

Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation for Child Care/New York State Department of Health

It was a news article that changed the arc of Carla Wallin’s career. In the early 2000s, the article reported the results of a research study on breastfeeding rates in the U.S. Rates were falling, and the dip was associated with women returning to work or school after giving birth. That did not sit well… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Barb Sinner

Spotlight Barb Sinner, Barb’s Daycare, West Fargo, ND The Problem Barb has two goals: 1) to give the children in her care lots of time for movement and play, and 2) to prepare them for kindergarten. Can she do both well? The Solution Yes, by adopting a preschool program that marries learning and movement. How… Read more »

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