It's a Time of Transition

It's a Time of Transition

Summer is winding down and the school year is starting across the nation.  This is a big time for families and child care providers as children transition into preschool for the first time or are transition out of preschool and into Kindergarten!  Parents and children are learning how to say goodbye for extended periods of time.  Child care providers are saying goodbye to children who have been in their care for years.  The children are saying goodbye and looking ahead to meet a new teacher, be in a new place and meet new friends.  These transitions can be both difficult and exciting for each individual involved.  Below are some resources to help parents and caregivers with these big moments!

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Ice Activities to Do With Children

Ice Activities to Do With Children

We may be gearing up for school and autumn but it's still so hot out!  We're still looking for fun outside activities and these Ice Activities from What's Up Moms, look like the perfect thing. Below you'll find the video created by What's Up Mom's as well as some photos of the activities and supplies listed in order to do them.

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Hearings on Early Childhood Programs Taking Place on the Hill

The link above will take you to the archived hearing - you can listen yourself to see what happened!

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.

The State of PreSchool Yearbook

The State of PreSchool Yearbook

In May 2017, the latest annual report, "2016 State of Preschool Yearbook" by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) was released.  This report has been a regular release for over a decade.  It sets benchmarks to measure each state's progress in their publicly funded, often referred to as "prek for all" programs.  This year, NIEER updated the benchmarks for the first time to include a better measurement of quality of the programs.

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What's the Omnibus Appropriations Bill and What Does it Mean for Child Care?

What's the Omnibus Appropriations Bill and What Does it Mean for Child Care?

t's moderately good news!  The best part of the news - they didn't cut child care funding.  It was actually increased, which says a lot in this political and budgetary environment.

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) got an increase of $95 million and Head Start received an $85 million increase.

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