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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Play with Words: A Pretend Bakery Game

Play with Words: A Pretend Bakery Game

ie on that apron. Break out the mixing bowls. If your child loves to play pretend, and needs practice with letters and the sounds they make, get cooking with this activity! Not only is it playful fun, but it builds key spelling and reading skills.

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Now What?

Now What?

This year’s election has undoubtedly had a profound impact on people across the country, including young children and their families.  It is to be expected that there will continue to be animosity from those whose campaigns were unsuccessful.  As someone who works with young children every day, think about what you can do to help restore a balance.

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Professionally Speaking

Professionally Speaking

Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s description of professional is:  relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill.  Listening to a group of “professionals” recently had me reflecting on what exactly could be called professional about anything they were saying or for that matter, doing.  In a “profession,” is it possible to be professional in some areas and not in others?  Over the years I have come to realize there are many different definitions of what family child care providers call “quality, professional care” for children.   Although I won’t even try to put a definition to “quality or professional care,” I have found there are different levels family child care providers go through to reach their own definition of professionalism.  

 

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Take “One Small Step” to Connect Children to Great Food this National Farm to School Month

Take “One Small Step” to Connect Children to Great Food this National Farm to School Month

The apple orchard and pumpkin patch field trips are already in full swing. Meals are packed with the season’s bounty of fall goodies. The opportunities to celebrate National Farm to School Month this October are endless! Designated by Congress in 2010, National Farm to School Month is a perfect time to get started with farm to early care and education initiatives.

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New Regulation for Child Care Published by Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

New Regulation for Child Care Published by Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

The Administration for Children and Families has released the final rule for CCDBG/CCDF.  You'll find some resources from ACF and some possible organizations to follow as they ramp up to service your needs.  This will impact you - educate yourself.

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