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From One Family to Another: Tips to Make the Transition Easier

As a mom who has experience in transitioning children from child care to school, I’d like to share some tips with parents that are experiencing this for the first time this fall. My 9-year-old son has already made the transition from home child care to preschool, then to an elementary school to after school care…. Read more »

Policies that Support Breastfeeding in Child Care Facilities

Helping children get off to a good, healthy start in life is one of the hallmarks of quality child care. It makes sense that quality child care programs would have policies in place that support good infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding. There are many reasons that child care should support breastfeeding families: Opportunities for family… Read more »

What’s a Healthy Transition from Child Care to School Look Like?

For many families across the country, their little ones are going to school for the first time. Whether starting a brand new routine after being cared for in a home-based setting or if care was provided in a child care center, going to “big-kid school” is a big deal! It is a lot of change… Read more »

The Present and Future of Child Care Assistance Programs in the United States

The extreme cost of child care in the United States is a highly debated and recognized economic concern. According to Child Care Aware® of America, child care is unaffordable in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. Though it seems like there aren’t currently many assistance programs in place, legislators have taken notice of the… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Welcomes Yvette Sanchez Fuentes as Deputy Chief of Public Policy

Lifelong child care and early education advocate will lead CCAoA’s policy and outreach strategy WASHINGTON, DC — Yvette Sanchez Fuentes has joined Child Care Aware of America’s (CCAoA) policy team as the deputy chief of public policy. She brings with her extensive experience in providing services to young children from low-income families as well fighting for policies… Read more »

Explaining and Safely Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse with our Smallest Learners

A solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21 for the first time in the lower 48 U.S. states since 1979. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to three hours, from beginning to end. On Monday, the… 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 »

What to Look for in a Quality Afterschool Program

Backpack, paper, pencils, and homework folder: for many families, that’s the standard shopping list for back-to-school season. However, one key item is missing: your child’s afterschool program! Choosing the perfect program for your child can make the transition from early child care to aftercare seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! We want to… 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 »

Payment Rates, Nutrition Labels and More: CACFP Implementation Resources

Establishing healthy habits in early childhood is critical to the early care and education setting.  The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is an important part of shaping the meals and snacks that child care providers serve for children and staff of all ages.  New documents and training resources have recently been released by… Read more »

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