Promoting Wellness with Child Care Providers in the New Year

By Kandi Novak on January 10, 2024

 

Child care providers play an essential role in the development and well-being of young children. However, the demanding nature of the job coupled with low wages may negatively affect their physical health, emotional well-being and overall quality of life. It is important for child care providers to prioritize self-care and wellness to ensure they are able to provide the best care possible for the children and families they serve. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) can offer the support providers need to care for themselves while they care for everyone else.  

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Brain Building Tips

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Health Insurance and the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

By Nicole Garro and Christina Koch on August 15, 2023

Topics: Health & Safety

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Safety is Key for Child Care Access to Playgrounds

 

Physical play is an important factor in children’s learning and supports their healthy development. Playgrounds provide spaces for children to be active, engage in imaginative play, socialize with peers and develop new skills. While public playgrounds and playspaces’ safety and access can vary across geographies, too often playgrounds are scarce, and the quality of existing playgrounds could be better: frequently consisting of broken play components, outdated equipment or surfaces that should be replaced. A lack of quality play and exercise infrastructure can negatively impact children's mental and physical well-being. Furthermore, violence within and around parks can negatively impact children's access to public parks and play spaces. 

Topics: Best Practices, Parenting, Health & Safety

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Celebrating the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

By Nicole Garro, MPH on March 06, 2023

Topics: Health & Safety

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment for Early Childhood Educators Closes Soon

By Nicole Garro, MPH on January 09, 2023

Topics: Health & Safety

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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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