Category: Health and Safety

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 »

Location, Location, Location! The Safe Siting of Child Care Facilities

Location is everything nowadays. Where we live and work can determine the types of professional opportunities we have, as well as how we spend our free time. Many people may not realize that the locations where we spend a lot of time can directly affect our health. This is especially true for young children, whose… Read more »

Flu Season is Here: Take Precautions to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Healthy

It is officially fall. Along with leaves changing, chillier weather, and pumpkin and apple cider-flavored treats, there is one more thing to keep your eye on – the seasonal flu. The seasonal flu is back again and without protection and precautions, it can cause harm to you and the children in your care. To protect… 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 »

Books and Resources to Help Children Before and After Emergency Drills

In September 2016, Child Care Resource Center, the resource and referral agency serving the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, began implementing the Child Care Aware® of America’s Resiliency Hub pilot project. The goal of this project is to “increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in… 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 »

Children’s Environmental Health Day

Now more than ever, the need to protect the health of the most vulnerable among us is paramount. Children are our most valuable resource—they represent the very future of our nation. Yet over the past few decades children have faced increasing rates of chronic illness and developmental issues linked to environmental exposures and our changing… Read more »

Congress Will Miss Deadline on Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs

With the authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative expiring tomorrow, September 30, Congress will miss the deadline for extending these critical programs. Unfortunately, this lapse in funding could put many programs at-risk of closing and deny children access to health… Read more »

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