Author: Laurie Rackas

Health Resource Spotlight: Your Program’s Mealtime Practices—a Quick Self-Assessment

The Problem Other healthy meal self-assessment tools exist, but they focus on detailed best practices related to nutrition and healthy eating environments. They can be complicated and time-consuming. One Solution The Positive Eating Environment Self-Assessment for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs is a brief user-friendly assessment of basic mealtime practices. It is designed to… Read more »

Helping Young Children Recover from Traumatic Events – What the Science Tells Us

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, as “stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect.” New national data reveals that more than 46 percent of U.S. children—34 million under age 18—have experienced at least one traumatic event. More than 20 percent have experienced two or more…. Read more »

The Need for Disaster Response Plans for Children with Disabilities

It seems that every time our nation experiences a major disaster, we learn more about the gaps in our emergency response system. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were no exception, and one gap the storms revealed is in how we assist people with disabilities, including young children, in the event of an emergency. Evacuation in the… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: A Water-Loving Otter Named Potter

The Problem The average 4- to 5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, or 65 pounds per year! The majority of that sugar comes from fruit drinks, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy. One Solution A storybook for young children featuring a beloved animal whose loves to drink—and spread the word about… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Patricia Crosby

Spotlight Patricia Crosby, Owner, Patricia’s Day Care, Baltimore, MD The Problem In many U.S. families, parents work long hours, often leaving them without the energy to cook balanced, healthy dinners for their household. The Solution A child care provider who serves up to three nutritious meals and two snacks a day to the children in… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Margo Sipes

Spotlight Margo Sipes, Executive Director, Downtown Baltimore Child Care, Inc. The Problem Young children need active play in order to grow up healthy—but how much active play? The Solution The more, the better. How She Did It Margo Sipes is a firm believer that young children don’t learn by sitting at desks. Rather, they learn… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Understanding Preschool Expulsion

The Problem: In the past few months, much has been written about the too-common issue of preschool expulsion. Where can early childhood educators turn if they want to better understand the issue, its root causes, and how they can become part of the solution? One Solution: The National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Celeste Joyner

Spotlight Celeste Joyner, Children’s College, Baltimore, MD The Problem Two vegetarians, one pescatarian (who eats fish but no other meat), five omnivores. How does one provider feed such a diverse group of eaters? The Solution Fresh, healthy foods, meat optional. How She Did It Celeste Joyner spends weekends at farms and farmer’s markets where she… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Head Start’s Mental Health Tool

The Problem: Sometimes an adult (parent/caregiver/early childhood educator) has a temperament that is vastly different from that of a young child. How do you bridge the gap and foster a loving, supportive relationship? One Solution: You can start with the interactive Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3) on Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Child Care State Licensing Database

The Problem States need a way to measure whether their current child care licensing standards do or do not meet the Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines. Those are the minimum health and safety standards that child care programs should meet. The Solution The research team at Child Care Aware® of America developed a… Read more »

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