Author: Laurie Rackas

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 »

Health Resource Spotlight: Tips for Keeping Children Safe – A Developmental Guide

The Problem We want young children to explore their environments, so they can acquire new skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, though, in the process of mastering skills such as eating solid foods or climbing, they can get injured. One Solution Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide is a tool that provides safety tips for… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: New Resources, Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

The Problem States and territories must implement Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) requirements on criminal background checks, but those requirements are complicated and can be difficult to understand. One Solution The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) has launched a new webpage devoted to Criminal Background Check Resources. The page contains comprehensive… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Settings

The Problem Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) refers to the death of an infant between one and 12 months old which cannot be explained. It is the most common cause of death for infants and usually occurs when a baby is sleeping. Roughly 12 percent of SIDS deaths occur while infants are in the care… Read more »

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 »

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