Revisiting Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

Revisiting Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) isn't in the news all of the time anymore but that doesn't mean you should stop paying attention to it.  Roll out to the states has begun and you need to stay educated and share how implementation is going to impact you or understand how this will require us all to make sure we continue to advocate for more funding to child care and early education. 

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Tactile Strawberry Experiences

Tactile Strawberry Experiences

Ideas for finding places to pick fruits and vegetables, especially strawberries in honor of Strawberry month and national strawberry picking day!  Can't make it anywhere to pick a strawberry?  Try some different tactile experiences that have to do with strawberries.

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Worthy Wages for Child Care and Early Ed - Videos

Worthy Wages for Child Care and Early Ed - Videos

Worthy Wage day was May 1st and although that day is over, the advocacy, discussion and education efforts can't stop. Early educators and child care providers deserve livable wages.  Watch the discussion take place and armor yourself with reasons why you deserve better wages.

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Worthy Wage Day and The ECE Workforce

Worthy Wage Day and The ECE Workforce

Child care providers are at the touchstone of our children's crucial development.  Without child care we wouldn't have a current workforce or an adequate future one.  They are molding our children's development at their most vulnerable times.  Providers, you deserve higher wages.

Tomorrow is Worthy Wage Day.  An opportunity to raise awareness about quality wages for quality caregivers.

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From Your Mouth to Their Ears - USDA Needs to Hear It From You

From Your Mouth to Their Ears - USDA Needs to Hear It From You

It's time.  Do it Now.  Comment on the Revise CACFP Meal Patterns.  USDA needs to hear the child care voice.  Help them do that. Get a link, a fast comment and some ideas for personalization.

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Twist and Sprout - From Providers Choice

Twist and Sprout - From Providers Choice

Providers Choice, a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor in Minnesota has created a package of resources for you which include seasonal cycle menus, videos of kids making recipes on the menus with a chef and some additional kitchen savvy tutorials.  Providers Choice did this with support from Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Cargill Foundation and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

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Love and Memories, It's What Child Care Providers Give - #WonderfulWednesday #happythoughts

I do believe this is the perfect quotation for child caregivers.  This is what you do - giving love and making memories.  And it's awesome.

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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.

Local Foods (and Gardens) in CACFP - Memo CACFP 11-2015 from USDA

Local Foods (and Gardens) in CACFP - Memo CACFP 11-2015 from USDA

This has been a long awaited memo to address some of the confusion around reimbursable meals if using the garden or procuring from CSA's, farmer's markets and other local food systems.  "The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the incorporation of local foods and agriculture-based curriculum in early childhood education and care settings. The memorandum also clarifies policies...

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