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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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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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Summer Fun… and Safety!

By Julie Looper Coats on July 20, 2022

It’s officially summer! And with all the fun activities that this season offers, it’s also a time to focus on safety and preparedness.

Topics: Health & Safety, emergency preparedness

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White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health: An Opportunity to Contribute

By Diane Girouard on June 30, 2022

The White House has announced for the first time in over 50 years, it will host a Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health this September. The White House is seeking input to shape their anti-hunger plan from a broad, diverse group of stakeholders whose communities are affected by hunger. Your input is needed to shape the nation’s strategy for addressing hunger. Read more below on how you can weigh in on the impacts of hunger and child care to shape the priorities announced at upcoming conference.

Topics: Health & Safety

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Update:  COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children

By Nicole Garro, MPH on June 23, 2022

Topics: Health & Safety

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