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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
A parent knocks on your door with their child thirty minutes early. They texted you a message late the night before that they wanted to drop off early. But you hadn’t read the message and now they are at your front door. What do you do?Read More
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.Read More
Some healthy foods, some Superheros and some work on focusing - a fun five minutes from Sesame Street during National Nutrition Month!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More