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Preventing Respiratory Illnesses in Young Children

By Nicole Garro, MPH on December 06, 2022

You may have noticed news about increased rates of sickness among young children.  In particular, there have been increased rates for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza (flu) and COVID-19, as COVID-19 prevention efforts have shifted away from using masks and many people are spending more time in settings with more people than they had over the last couple of years. This has left us with increased rates of illness and hospitalization among young children. Child care programs are experts in disease prevention and have led the way in implementing disinfection and handwashing and monitoring children for illness.  It is more important than ever to continue efforts to reduce transmission of illness in child care settings.  

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, emergency preparedness

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Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities for Early Learning Providers and Families

By Julie Looper Coats on December 01, 2022

Introduction 

Child Care Aware® of America launched the Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities for Early Learning Providers, Families, and Children project in 2019 to assist a group of Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies within a 10-state Midwest area with increasing the likelihood that  child care providers, families, communities, and the CCR&Rs themselves are better prepared for disasters. This project, which concluded in 2021, was the second phase of a larger initiative that began in 2016.  Through this multi-year work, CCR&Rs strengthen their ability to serve as resilience hubs that reduce, and possibly prevent, the suffering of people affected by disasters—especially those most vulnerable. This work, focused on both the local and state level, has amplified the voice of child care and the strength of CCR&R agencies who are building local resilience, relationships, and expertise before, during, and long after a disaster occurs.  

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, emergency preparedness

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Support Military-Connected Families During Blue Star Welcome Week

By Douglas McAllister on September 20, 2022

 

Every year, 600,000 military-connected families and children move around the country. The average military family moves three times as often as their civilian peers, and the majority of these “permanent change of station” (PCS) moves take place during the summer. Finding access to quality, affordable child care is an essential component of a smooth transition.  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Best Practices, military

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Case Study: Using Social Media to Make a Difference in Your Community

By Meg Biallas on February 03, 2022

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Best Practices

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Resolve to Be Ready in 2022

By Jillian Ritter on January 14, 2022

 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Best Practices, Health & Safety, emergency preparedness

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Case Study: How to Develop Relationships With Media

By David Carrier on November 04, 2021

This case study is part of Child Care Aware® of America’s Marketing Toolbox, a member benefit that features resources with information and advice on marketing best practices in activities such as branding, reputation management, social media and much more. The Toolbox’s media relations resources include tip sheets on building relationships with reporters, identifying and preparing staff and clients for media interviews, and a press release template 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Best Practices

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