Summertime Planning

Summertime Planning

Are you looking forward to summer or dreading the thought of having your schoolagers home all day for several weeks?  For many family child care providers, transitioning to summer is a mix of wondering how to keep everyone engaged and taking advantage of every minute of sunshine.  Yes, the infants and toddlers, especially, will still need a routine but thoughtful preparation can help make this a great experience for all the children in your care.  

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Teachers and Early Care Providers Agree: Farm to School in Early Childhood Supports Healthy Kids with Bright Futures

Teachers and Early Care Providers Agree: Farm to School in Early Childhood Supports Healthy Kids with Bright Futures

Farm to school in early care and education exposes young children to healthy, local foods through meals and snacks, taste tests, lessons, cooking activities, gardening, field trips, farmer visits and more. These strategies and activities support healthy development and achievement of learning goals in all types of early care and education settings, including family child care homes, preschools, child care centers, Head Start/ Early Head Start and programs in K-12 school districts.

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Observations in Family Child Care (Part 3)

Observations in Family Child Care (Part 3)

Skills Checklist, Portfolio and Environmental Observation.  This is the third and final installment of our discussion of observations in family child care. We hope you have been practicing and perhaps enjoying taking a more focused look at your program, your children in care, and your environment. This final month we will visit three more types of observation.

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National Child Care Consumer Education Website and State Child Care Search Websites

National Child Care Consumer Education Website and State Child Care Search Websites

Administration for Children and Families is seeking comment on some specific questions regarding the building a brand new national website regarding consumer education in the child care space.  Comments close on April 7, and they ask some specific questions.  Additionally, in this post you'll find a spreadsheet of each state's child care search website.

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Who Plays a Role in Helping Children Achieve a Healthy Weight?

Who Plays a Role in Helping Children Achieve a Healthy Weight?

Child Care Aware® of America is interested in celebrating providers who make the healthy choice in their child care environment. We want to know and share how child care providers care for themselves and become models for the children in their care day-to-day, which is why we are holding a Child Care Workplace Wellness Raffle.

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Using Observations in Family Child Care (Part 2)

Using Observations in Family Child Care (Part 2)

As promised last month, this month we continue our topic of observations to expand understanding of how the various types of observations might be used in family child care – or other settings!  A look at Anecdotal Observation and Diaries or Running Records.

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Superheros and Healthy Foods Combined by Sesame Street

Some healthy foods, some Superheros and some work on focusing - a fun five minutes from Sesame Street during National Nutrition Month!

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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.

Sharing the CACFP Leadership Conference with You - Part 1

Sharing the CACFP Leadership Conference with You - Part 1

Over 1,000 people from all over the country ascended upon Washington, D.C., to talk about hunger, health and nutrition in America.  I believe the discussion has pivoted a bit, over the years, from just hunger to health and nutrition because they are inextricably tied.  A meeting made up of the people who work night and day to make sure people's basest need and right is fulfilled is full of a special energy; one that leaves me humbled and inspired.  

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Observations and Goals - Are They Related? (Part 1)

Observations and Goals - Are They Related? (Part 1)

You might call it people watching but the scientific term for what you do without even recognizing you do it is “observation.”  For many it’s a hobby and they do it for fun.  For others, including early childhood professionals (that’s you,) it’s part of the job.  Find out more about types of observation and how to do this with your children.

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Federal Child Care Policy News - Round Up

Federal Child Care Policy News - Round Up

If you subscribe to any child care mailing lists (or all of them as I am) you have received at least one message (or 20) about the federal budget and the new Child C.A.R.E. Act.  Let's take a moment and appreciate the incredible number of organizations and people rallying around children, child care and early learning - Thank you for all of the work you are doing.

Let's take a look at some of the things we learned and resources we can use to best understand these big announcements.

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