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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 »

VIDEO: How Finding a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Can Help Find Quality and Affordable Child Care

As a single parent, Sheena struggled to find high-quality, affordable child care. She found a child care resource and referral agency that helped her find the balance of affordability and quality. Listen to her story:     Parents and families, with multiple children rely on quality child care to balance home life and continue to… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Offering full Vroom Track at Symposium 2018

Vroom,  in partnership with Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), continues to provide strong support and enrichment to the CCR&R community. CCAoA is excited to offer a full Vroom Track at Symposium 2018 this coming April. What You Can Expect from the Vroom Track Noted speakers include, Dr. Sarah Lytle, Director of Outreach and Education division… Read more »

National Healthy Schools Day is April 3, 2018

Child Care Aware® of America is joining the Healthy Schools Network and dozens of partners around the country to celebrate National Healthy Schools Day on April 3rd, 2018. For the past 16 years, National Healthy Schools Day has brought attention to the ways that school and child care environments can affect children’s health. This year… Read more »

Poison Prevention in Child Care – An Important Reminder to Parents and Providers

Children grow rapidly, and their developmental milestones include significant emotional, social, intellectual and physical changes. Naturally, kids are inquisitive and learn by exploring—placing items in their mouths, opening containers and cabinets, and imitating other actions they see in the home or in child care. It is no surprise, then, that children ages six and under… Read more »

FY2018 Appropriations Bill Passed in the Senate: A Message From Our Executive Director

At Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), we are thrilled that the FY2018 appropriations bill has passed in the Senate, which includes an increase of $2.37 billion in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This funding is critical in supporting systems professionals, providers, children and families across the nation. CCAoA will continue to fight for and… Read more »

Report: Arsenic in Nine Brands of Infant Cereal

A recent report from Healthy Babies Bright Futures found that infant rice cereal has six times more arsenic than other types of infant cereal. That finding builds on the evidence from previous studies, including one from Consumer Reports. Arsenic is strictly regulated in drinking water by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is legal… 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 »

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