Author: Laurie Rackas

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 »

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 »

Health Resource Spotlight: Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources

Spotlight On Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources The Problem Families and child care providers can face many challenges following a disaster, and they may not be aware of the various agencies that offer assistance. One Solution The following guidance document catalogs federal and other resources available to families, providers (including centers, in-home, and family… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Tatiyana Lipinka

Spotlight Tatiyana Lipinka, Brooklyn Child Care Inc., Brooklyn, NY The Problem A lot of children think they don’t like vegetables. The Solution Prove them wrong through by showing how much fun it is to grow, eat, and play with veggies! How She Did It At Brooklyn Child Care, Tatiyana has created the equivalent of an… Read more »

CCAoA Celebrates American Heart and Black History Months

Heart disease and strokes are the #1 killers of women in the United States Roughly every minute, another woman dies, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Although heart disease affects women of all races and ethnicities, rates are especially high for African-American women. Here’s a little story to inspire you: Wear Red On February… Read more »

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