Conducting Child Care Program Visits During COVID-19

By Holly Nett on June 12, 2020

CCR&R staff play a key role in supporting caregivers in child care programs during the response and recovery phases. In-person visits have traditionally been an essential aspect of providing support services to child care providers, yet during the COVID-19 recovery phase these visits have likely been suspended in an effort to ensure the protection of children, caregivers, families and CCR&R staff. Organizations that offer in-person support visits should consult with the local and state health departments before reintroducing this service.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Trying to Find the Words...

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on June 11, 2020

Over the past week, I have been inspired by the eloquent words of so many of my colleagues across our field who are also committed to the health and promise of each and every child, individual, family and community.   

Topics: Health & Safety, News

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Cleaning and Disinfecting in Child Care Programs

By Julie Looper Coats on May 20, 2020

CCR&R members and providers have contacted us with questions about how to ensure their programs are properly cleaned and ready when child care programs reopen. First, it’s important to understand the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. In short, cleaning means removing dirt or germs from a surface; sanitizing refers to reducing the number of pathogens or bacteria on that cleaned surface; disinfecting kills all bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces. The distinction between the three can seem blurry, so we have gathered some of the most helpful links from partners in public health to ensure you are ready and prepared.   

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

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Severe Weather Preparations for Child Care During COVID-19

By Jillian Ritter on May 06, 2020

2020 Tornado Season 

COVID-19 has dominated the news in recent months. As a result, many people may not have heard that this spring’s severe weather season has already made 2020 the deadliest tornado year since 2012. Although it’s early in the season, the National Weather Service has confirmed 443 tornadoes across the country and many more have been reported. Southern states have been hit very hard, especially Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Safe Practices: Being Mindful of Cleaning Chemicals During COVID-19

By Guest Blogger on May 05, 2020

In this new world of COVID-19, everyone is trying to kill germs and avoid sickness. However, our fears should not distract us from the mindful use of cleaning chemicals, including hand sanitizer. Even chemicals that are meant to keep us healthy can cause poisoning or even death when used improperly, especially around children. 

Topics: Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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National Tell a Story Day is April 27!

By Kandi Novak on April 23, 2020

National Tell a Story Day is Monday, April 27th. Help Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) encourage families to share the joy and value of telling stories to their children. People have been sharing stories to communicate information and connect with others for thousands of years through visual drawings, word of mouth and written words. 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Parenting, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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