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Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation to Reform Child Care Tax Credits

Late last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Promoting Affordable Care for Everyone (PACE) Act of 2017. The goal of the PACE Act is to make these tax credits more generous for working and low-income families and reflect the rising cost of child care. This legislation would update several Federal… Read more »

Hold President Trump Accountable: Join the Fight for the First 100 Days

Now’s our chance – President Trump spoke about child care and maternity leave in his agenda when he was a candidate for President, and now that he’s in office we want to make sure he keeps that promise. While we don’t yet know the details of any of the proposals being considered by Congress or… Read more »

Help Build Your Child’s Brain on National Opposite Day

National Opposite Day is observed every year on January 25. Many enjoy using this day to try to confuse others by saying and doing the opposite of what they really mean. Why not use this day to help build your child’s brain? By the age of five, your child’s brain has reached 90 percent of… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Yolanda Gilbert

Spotlight Yolanda Gilbert, Dolores’ House for Little People, Sheboygan, WI The Problem Too many of our children grow up on a steady diet of fast food and inactivity. The Solution Model exercise and good-for-you foods. How She Did It Yolanda Gilbert was in a thrift store when she spotted a miniature version of a popular… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Nutrition Education

Spotlight Nutrition Education: Resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website. The Problem If families or child care staff lack knowledge about good nutrition, it can affect the overall health of the children they care for. Some Solutions The Early Childhood Health and Wellness portal on ECLKC has an entire web page… Read more »

Helping Children Deal with Stress

2016 was in many ways, a year of big changes; 2017 will bring a lot of change too. As adults, we have developed ways to cope with stress and change—some of them healthy, like talking to friends, taking walks or runs, reading, playing or watching sports or deep breathing and meditation.  We see these all… Read more »

December 2016 Footnotes

Following the close of 2016, we look back and reflect on our many accomplishments—from the launch of our 10th Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report to the start of our Child Care Works movement, just to name a few. This year we have experienced tremendous growth and a steady dose of positive… Read more »

Teach Digital Literacy, Not Just Technology Use

Guest blog post by Nick Jaworski, Owner and Chief Digital Community Builder for Circle Social Inc. As NAEYC states in a policy statement issued on January 2012, “technology and interactive media are here to stay.” However, there remain many questions as to whether technology use with children in early childhood settings is beneficial or harmful… Read more »

Take Action Against an Undetectable Gas: It’s National Radon Action Month

This month we are acknowledging National Radon Action Month. We encourage you to test your home and workplace for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level… Read more »

Child Care Health Summits – Colorado

Talk about change. Colorado’s early care and education system is undergoing major shifts, largely in response to new requirements at the state and federal levels. For starters, there are the new federal requirements in the reauthorized Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. In addition, last year Colorado’s child care licensing regulations were updated… Read more »

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