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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Are Payroll Services Right for You?

Are Payroll Services Right for You?

Family child care providers who hire someone to help them care for children must treat this person as their employee.

This means you must withhold Social Security/Medicare taxes, pay federal and state unemployment taxes, withhold federal and state income taxes and perhaps purchase workers’ compensation insurance.

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Strive for Five - Literacy Resources that are Easy to Use and Easy to Share

Strive for Five - Literacy Resources that are Easy to Use and Easy to Share

While we were at the National Family Child Care Institute, we learned about a fabulous new literacy tool for family child care providers to use!

Too Small to Fail in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and in collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and the National Association for Family Child Care Providers (NAFCC) has created a comprehensive resource to engage in literacy activities with children - without out being so comprehensive you don't want to use it!

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What Can We Do?

What Can We Do?

We’ve altered our plan somewhat – the recent events across the nation are something we simply can’t ignore.  As family child care providers, you have not just an opportunity to help young children develop relationships with people who are different from themselves; you have an obligation to provide tools so that perhaps these same children might not need the conversations about diversity that must happen now.  Following are some concrete steps you can take to help young children respect and value people who are different from themselves.

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May a Parent Stop You From Holding Birthday Parties?

May a Parent Stop You From Holding Birthday Parties?

While talking with a parent who wants to enroll in your program she tells you that she is a Jehovah’s Witness. She says she doesn’t believe in her child attending any birthday parties.  So how do you respond?  Tom Copeland has some advice for you.

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Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

"We are pleased to announce a special webinar presented by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Health Team, and Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force. This webinar will include the most up-to-date information from the CDC, including:"

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Summertime and the Living is Easy

Summertime and the Living is Easy

At least that’s what songs about summer would have us believe.  There really are ways to make the “living easy” when you do summer child care and your group includes school age children.  If you read last month’s blog, you probably already have some activities planned that the children are looking forward to.  Here are some suggestions that are easy for you and help keep school age children active and happy.

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