What is the importance of a safe play area?

It’s important to provide  children with safe outdoor spaces because it prevents the chance of a child getting hurt. Equipment maintenance is a big part of playground safety, and with proper equipment maintenance you can prevent accidents such as entrapment hazards or strangulation. According to the National Playground Safety Institute, good supervision, and proper fencing are two ways to spot a safe play area.
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We Have a New Name!

 

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We announced our new new name at our 8th Annual Children’s Champion Award Luncheon on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Forsyth Country Club.

After serving our community for 27 years under the name “Work Family Resource Center”, we will soon be known as “Child Care Resource Center”. We will be transitioning to our new name over the coming weeks.

“Child Care Resource Center” better reflects the important work that we do. We connect families to quality child care, provide professional development opportunities to child care providers, and educate the community about the link between quality child care/early learning experiences and school preparedness. Our new logo represents connection – we connect families to child care, we connect child care providers to professional development training, and we are a connector in the community regarding the importance of quality child care and its impact on a child’s future.

During the luncheon, we also announced our new location to the community. Our offices are now located in the Loewy Building at 500 West Fourth Street, and we will be hosting an Open House for the public on June 21 4:30-6:30pm. We hope you will stop by!

Two Children’s Champions were honored at the luncheon as well – Mr. Joe Crocker, Director of the Local Impact in Forsyth County program at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Ms. Daisy Rodriguez-Besse, Director of Childhood Hunger Programs at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, First Citizens Bank, Kaplan Early Learning Company and Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP.

 

The Benefits of Playing Outside – Vonya Washington

Playing outside seems like a fad of the 80’s with all the electronics, video games and television shows that seem to have captivated our children. As a child of the 80’s, I remember having 2 TV’s in our household and an Atari system with a couple of games which my brother and I enjoyed.  However, I remember my mom telling us to “Go outside and play” and it was a daily part of our schedule.  I remember being upset on raining days because I looked forward to playing outside with my friends.  

Playing outside is a huge health benefit for children.When children are running, jumping, climbing, riding bikes or scooting on their scooters they are exercising their large and small gross motor skills. Children are burning calories and having fun while doing it.

The other huge benefit while playing outside with friends is the social aspect. Children learn to how to talk to one another and share ideals when creating their own versions of historic games like hide-and-go-seek or freeze tag, which directly links to creativity and imagination.Children also learn how to deal with conflicts that may arise which promotes problem solving skills and builds empathy for others.  These are all communication skills that children need to be successful in life. Children gain real  life experiences while playing with friends outside that electronics, video games, and TV just can’t teach.  

Why is it important for childcare facilities to follow proper health and sanitation procedures?

Following proper health and sanitation requirements are key indicators of quality childcare programs and play a key role in preventing the spread of diseases such as the flu.

In fact, it is required by the state that childcare facilities follow the proper health and sanitary procedures to prevent the spread of these diseases. Some of the requirements for childcare facilities that help keep children from catching these diseases are allowing separate areas for sick children during care and requiring immunization 30 days before enrollment.
Did you know?

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, if a child is too sick they must be removed from care.

Need help finding quality childcare? Contact one of our parent specialists today.

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Three Tips for Finding Holiday Childcare

During holiday break  many parents may not get off for the holidays until the day of. Check out these tips for finding childcare during the holidays.

 

  • Ask if Childcare Provider is Available:

Check to see if your primary provider is available. It’s not uncommon for some childcare providers to follow the same schedule as public schools. Be sure to check your provider’s availability.

  •  Ask your childcare provider is Available:

If you are in a situation where you can adjust your schedule ask your boss if there is any way to swap shifts with another employee at the office.

  • Ask a Relative:

Many of your relatives may be off for the holidays. Ask a relative that you trust if they would agree to keep your child for the holidays.

Need help finding holiday childcare? Contact us at 336-761-5100.

Does the staff treat children with respect, flexibility, patience, as well as provide individual attention?

Respect, flexibility, patience, and individualize care are four of the most important traits to pay attention to when searching for child care. Traits like these create a recipe for positive interactions between providers, staff, and children. This creates a positive environment which can have many positive benefits. For instance, in a 2016 study from Oregon State University, improved child-teacher interaction resulted in reduced stress for children attending child care.

Do staff and children follow hand washing procedures?

This is one of the most important questions you should be asking yourself when searching for child care.
Following proper hand-washing procedures are important in child care environments because it helps prevent the spread of illnesses such as the flu and common early life diseases such as hand foot and mouth disease. According to a 2016 study from the University of Arkansas, only 22 percent of child care providers followed proper hand washing procedures in 2016. This included the use of warm water, and even washing your hands continuously for 20 seconds. Remember if providers are using proper hand-washing techniques, they can teach children how to properly wash their hands preventing the spread of illness inside and outside of child care.

 

What’s the Conversation Around Home-Visiting Programs

On September 30th, funding for MEICHV expires. Yet, many advocates are hoping for an authorization of the MEICHV program with HR 2824, which will increase the financing of these programs and the number of families who will benefit from the program. Home visiting programs are covered under the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program(MEICHV)  These programs provide parents with the resources they need to raise healthy children and encourages positive parenting. The program aims to prevent abuse and neglect as well as promoting child development and school readiness.The benefits of these programs include helping mothers learn how to breastfeed properly,  install car seats, and it also provides them with training programs to help reduce their chances of losing a job or quitting school.