Category: Safety

Active Shooter Training for Child Care Providers is Unfortunate but Necessary

In my role as a general manager for afterschool programs located in 20 public schools, the safety of our children is constantly at the forefront of our staffing and planning conversations. Our programs are part of a larger nonprofit organization, which has provided video training for employees on the topic of active shooters. While helpful,… Read more »

2018 Hurricane Season: Let’s Get Ready

The 2018 hurricane season is almost upon us and Child Care Aware® of America wants to ensure that you and those for which you care are ready! According to the National Weather Service, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins on May 15 and ends November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June… Read more »

Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum

The Problem The number one cause of death and disability for children in the U.S. is from injuries. Most injuries are preventable AND predictable. One Solution A new online Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settlings developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is an educational tool for child… Read more »

Waffle House Shooting: What Child Care Providers Can Learn from a Tragedy

Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday (April 22, 2018) in Antioch, Tennessee a 29-year-old man opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant, killing four individuals, including three customers. The incident provides us with a few important lessons: Have a plan for prolonged incidents The Waffle House shooter remained at large, in the community, for nearly 34… Read more »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting: Lessons Learned

The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past week were truly horrific. During six minutes of gunfire, fourteen students and three faculty members were killed and 15 were wounded. Sadly, active shooter situations are becoming all too common. Child Care Aware® of America, responding to the request of the early learning workforce, has developed… Read more »

What Should You Do If Your Child Care Program Experiences an Active Shooter Threat?

It’s a scary thought, but one that is on many minds as news reports of such events continue. The first 45 days of 2018 have seen 18 school shootings in the United States. The latest being the tragic deaths of 17 individuals at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That number is alarming. And… Read more »

NEW!! – Eco-Healthy Child Care®’s E-Learning Course

Have you ever heard that indoor air is often way more polluted than the outdoor air, and wondered whether that was actually true? It is, because in enclosed spaces the chemicals used in certain paints, varnishes, cleaners—and other pollutants including dirt, dust, dander—keep recirculating. So imagine what children in child care settings may be exposed… 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 »

The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do After a Disaster

As the end of the year nears, CCAoA’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been reflecting on the disasters that struck in 2017. Top-of-mind, of course, are the hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Our team worked directly with CCR&Rs affected by the storms and the providers they serve. This is the last of three blogs on lessons learned… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

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