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.

How can childcare providers ensure safety in any emergency situation?

According to FEMA simple actions like downloading local weather apps could help you stay prepared for natural disasters or unpredictable. Did you know wireless emergency alerts are already installed on most phones?  Even social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, have an emergency alert system, so you’re always prepared. Another thing you also need is an effective emergency plan. Emergency plans can help you keep the structure in a chaotic environment. They’re important because they ensure the safety of children and providers in the wake of a disaster.  An effective plan can teach them essential skills such as such as how and when to use a fire extinguisher, how to use a generator in the event of a power outage, and how to conduct an effective head count in a chaotic situation. By learning how to create a child care emergency plan you can make sure every staff member is on the same page.
Register for our emergency preparedness training by October 2nd.

What’s the Importance of a Safe Sleep Policy?-Melinda McCullen

Did you know each child care program must have their own safe sleep policy?
A Safe sleep policy is beneficial to administrators, caregivers, and parents in stating clear expectations of what to expect in child care settings around safe sleep routines. Policies provide clarity, structure, and directions when dealing with issues and activities that are critical to health and safety, legal liabilities and regulatory requirements. Openly shared expectations contribute to an infant’s successful transition to child care and allow parents the opportunity to support safe sleep practices in the home.
Register for our ITS SIDS workshop to create your own safe sleep policy.

It’s National Book Lover’s Day: Why Are Libraries So Important? 

Libraries are important because they provide books to children  in families who may not have the money to purchase them.

Having access to books is important because they contributes to helping a child build their vocabulary and communicate effectively.
Libraries are also beneficial to a child’s community and  also provides resources to help that community succeed.

Why After-School Programs May Be in Trouble in 2017

The 21 Century Community Learning Center Program is critical to after-school programs in the U.S., but it maybe receiving some significant cuts this year.  These programs are important because they provide quality child care to low-income areas and kids whose parents are not available after school.  These programs keep kids engaged and safe and benefit parents during the school year and in the summer.  According to an NPR interview, 2 million children may lose after-school care this year.  This is especially important since around  34,000 NC students participate in the program.

What can I do at home to help my child practice self-regulation at home?

To practice self-regulation at home, it’s important to set a consistent routine for your child. Keeping a routine is very important for them because it can bring structure to a chaotic and often confusing world. In fact, enforcing daily routines can help children learn how to regulate their habits on their own. According to a 2017 study from the Journal of Obesity, researchers found that by enforcing routines like consistent meal times and screen times, children were able to self-regulate their emotion and manage healthy eating habits. These skills self-regulation skills are vital when coping with emotions like anger and making healthy choices throughout life.

Why is it important to plan a safe and age appropriate field trip?-Laura Brown

Field trips can be a wonderful learning experience for young children. However, to make the most of the experience,  it needs to be safe and age appropriate. Careful planning and preparation are important to keeping everyone safe while having a good time. You should consider the ages, abilities, and interests of the children, making sure that the field trip site will be age appropriate and enjoyable for all attending.