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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ACT TODAY Because the Senate Votes Tomorrow on Funds that impact YOU

ACT TODAY Because the Senate Votes Tomorrow on Funds that impact YOU

Federal funding for child care is an important piece of the puzzle. Without these critical funds, too many children, particularly those from low-income families, will not have the chance to participate in the high-quality experiences that they need. These funds are also about licensing, training, supports, and about including family child care in early care and education systems and ideas in the states. These funds are about you, your work, and the children and families who are counting on you.

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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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