April 10-16 is the Week of the Young Child. The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Youngest Learners.” This time is meant to honor young children and to thank all the people who make a difference in their lives.
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Finding child care can be difficult for many families. In some of Iowa’s rural communities there may not be a Registered Child Development Home provider, a child care center, or an afterschool program. Transportation constraints to/from a nearby program can also make it difficult for families to go to work/school and to secure accessible child care. According to the US Department of Labor, 72% of employee absenteeism results from issues related to child care.
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As much as the freezing temperatures and all of that wintry white stuff outside your window may hint otherwise, now is not the time to hibernate! If you are the parent of young children, like we are, you may be faced with some extra indoor time on your hands. “Thank goodness for the internet, TV, and video games.” you say? Hold it right there! Here are some fun and easy ideas that will leave a lasting impression on your little ones and have them begging for more.
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Many of you have heard of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) but did you know that March 13-19, 2016 is National CACFP Week? This week is designed to raise awareness of how this valuable program brings healthy foods to child care programs across the country. CACFP is available to assist all registered in-home child care providers as well as centers and preschool programs. The program can improve the nutrition of children enrolled in these programs and help offset high food costs. The program also benefits programs by providing them nutrition education and support services to help them teach children in their care about healthy eating habits.
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As Early Care professionals, we know the importance of being able to effectively communicate with the families of children that we serve; we, nor they, can read one another’s minds and as with any good communication strategy we shouldn’t try
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Recently I walked into a preschool where the children were practicing for their Holiday Program. The children were waving their “jingle bells” and keeping time to the music. The teacher had them actively involved, and it was very evident that the children were enjoying it. There are many benefits to incorporating music into your environment.
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Posted by Lora Patton, Region 4 Director in CCR&R Blog on 2/25/2016
My family recently moved from a larger metropolitan back to our home state of Iowa. There are many things we love about being back, and are hearing interesting perspectives from our three year old, as we settle back into the community.
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February is National Children’s Dental month. Helping children understand and develop healthy dental care habits is important. Starting early can lead to a lifetime of good oral health. Central Iowa dentist Dr. Jason Niegsch, DDS, FAGD, of Ames, Iowa shared with us some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions that can empower parents to talk with their children about maintaining healthy smiles.
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In the month of February, we celebrate the relationships with the people who mean the most to us. Our family child care children often become our extended family. Building positive adult-child relationships influence a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. A secure, trusting relationship with the children in your care can reduce the frequency of challenging behaviors and help children develop self-esteem.
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