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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Announcing the Child Care Exchange Leadership Initiative Podcast series in partnership with ChildCareInfo.com

Announcing the Child Care Exchange Leadership Initiative Podcast series in partnership with ChildCareInfo.com

We've launched the Exchange Leadership Initiative podcast series in partnership with ChildCareInfo.com focusing on leaders in the early education and child care landscape!  Learn more and join us.

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Farm to Table

Farm to Table

You may have heard the terms Farm to Market, Farm to Table and even Farm to Preschool, but what do they mean and why is it important?  Simply put, these are all terms or programs that mean using locally grown food that can easily and quickly be brought to market.

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Do you Do Child Care for Love or Money?

Do you Do Child Care for Love or Money?

For most family child care providers the answer is “Both!”

Family child care providers love children. It’s their number one motivating factor. But, earning money is also important.

Unfortunately, in our society we undervalue the work of providers. Federal and state governments drastically underfund the child care system. Many parents can’t afford the true cost of child care. As a result, providers are often forced to subsidize the system with low wages.

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The Power of Positive Thinking - You've Been Challenged

The Power of Positive Thinking - You've Been Challenged

We are building the platform for the future! I challenge “YOU” to think of three positives a day; morning, noon, & night, start building your platform. It takes 28 days to form a habit. Start Now!  We are role models who should teach positive behaviors and encourage ways for families to practice those positive ways in the home. We place these values of respect, understanding, empathy and compassion in their lives every day. 

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CACFP Take Action Challenge...

CACFP Take Action Challenge...

The CACFP Take Action Challenge had a huge impact on not only my program practices, but the children in my program. They have become more excited about our health and nutrition curriculum, more willing to try new foods and have just became healthier in general due to new practices I have implemented.

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