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.


Five Characteristics of a Quality Shool Age Program-Vonya Washington

A quality school age program provides children a safe and nurturing environment.  It creates opportunities for children to interact with their peers, participate in age appropriate activities, while generating educational experiences within their community.

There are five quality indicators that a quality school age program should consist of but not limited to:
1. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
2. Environment Design
3. Developmentally Appropriate Activities
4. Child/Youth Development and
5. Guiding Challenging Behaviors.

Each quality indicators brings their own unique value and are crucial to helping children grown and develop social-emotionally as well as physically.

What is the Importance of SunScreen?


Sunscreen is important for children because it protects them from sunburns and the UV rays that cause skin cancer. Paying attention to SPF is important when buying sunscreen. SPF measures the sunscreen’s ability to protect your child’s skin from UV rays. According to the CDC, the SPF of the sunscreen you choose should be at least 15. Another way to protect children from the sun is to provide full coverage of your child’s skin. This can include hats, long sleeves, and long pants.

Why is it Important to Continue a Consistent Sleeping Schedule During the Summer?

It’s important to keep a consistent sleeping schedule for children because it’s important to their development. In the summertime, it may be tempting to allow your child to go to bed later but that’s not necessarily a good thing. In fact, enforcing habits like going to bed earlier can improve your child’s behavior. This habit alone can help your child get along better with other children and reduce their chances of acting out. Keeping a bedtime routine and making sure your child is still going to bed at a decent time are two ways to continue their sleeping schedule into the summer.

Five Alternatives to Fireworks

Did you know Fourth of July activities like sparklers and fireworks can be dangerous to children? Here are five fun and affordable ideas you can use as alternatives:

  1. Ribbon Wands:
  2. Toilet Paper Confetti Poppers:
  3. Glow in the Dark Balloons:
  4. Red White and Blue Slime:
  5. Painted Lawn Stars: