Laurie Rackas

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The Critical Work of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies During COVID-19

By Laurie Rackas on July 01, 2020

 

Our child care system could not function without Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies. For more than 30 years they have helped families find quality child care and information on where to get help paying for care. They have also offered trainings and supports to providers to open and operate their businesses and to continually improve the quality of their care. In addition, CCR&Rs have gathered data on child care needs and trends  information that is helpful to families, providers and policy makers.  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Coronavirus

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Health Resource Spotlight: Administering Medication

By Laurie Rackas on March 10, 2020

The Problem

Providers are sometimes required to give medication to young children. If medication is not safely administered, there can be health consequences for the child and liability risk for those who own, manage or are employed at a program.

Topics: Health & Safety

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Care About Child Care? 5 Reasons You Want to Be at the 2020 Symposium

By Laurie Rackas on March 06, 2020

It happens every other year. Child Care Aware® of America hosts a Symposium that brings together individuals from across the country to discuss the latest research, policy and practices related to the early child care and education community.  This year’s 4-day event offers participants opportunities to hear from and connect with thought leaders, Congressional staff and other early education professionals.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy

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Health Resource Spotlight: Child Development

By Laurie Rackas on February 11, 2020

The Problem

Providers play a critical role in helping identify children with developmental concerns – if they have the right knowledge and training.

Topics: Health & Safety

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Health Resource Spotlight: Workplace Stress

By Laurie Rackas on January 14, 2020

 

The Problem

Child care professionals are aware that workplace stress can affect their physical and emotional health. They many want to reduce their stress levels, but need help identifying and implementing effective strategies. 

Topics: Health & Safety

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Health Resource Spotlight: Caring for Children with Special Needs & Good Oral Health in Child Care

By Laurie Rackas on December 10, 2019

 

Caring for Children with Special Needs

The Problem

Some providers may be – for the first time – serving a child who has a disability or special needs. They likely will have to modify their setting in small ways to create an inclusive environment. Where do they begin? 

Topics: Health & Safety

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