Author: Laurie Rackas

Health Resource Spotlight: Interactive Learning Modules for Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)

The Problem  CCHCs are health professionals who also are knowledgeable about child health, child development and health and safety in child care. But their training may not have equipped them with some skills (e.g., communicating effectively with programs) that are essential to their work.   One Solution  The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) just… Read more »

The Latest from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Help CACFP Celebrate a Milestone  The program turns 50 on May 8, 2018. Nemours Children’s Health System and the National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Forum will be creating a billboard-sized birthday card on Capitol Hill. The card will be a mosaic of thousands of images from community programs serving CACFP meals and snacks. (Sorry, the… 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 »

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 »

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 »

January 2018 Child Care Provider of the Month — Learn ‘n Play Preschool

  Arlington, VA – January 30, 2018 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for Family Child Care, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), the Afterschool Alliance, Teachstone and National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) would like to congratulate family child care provider Tammy Oveson of… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Brrr…

The Problem Much of the country has been struck this season by record low temperatures and never-before-seen snowfalls. How do we keep young children safe and warm through it all? One Solution Three pages of helpful Cold Weather Safety tips from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). The tips fall into… Read more »

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care Available For Military Families

Raising a child with disabilities can be rewarding in unexpected ways. There’s the pride of seeing your child master a new skill, often after a struggle that typically developing children never know. Naturally, there are challenges involved in caring for a child with special needs, especially if the child’s physical or developmental disability is severe…. Read more »

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