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A Better Child Care System for Kansas Parents

November 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
A Better Child Care System for Kansas Parents. A working mother carrying child.

How We Can Build a Better System for Kansas Parents By Jessica Herrera Russell, Senior Communications Manager, Kansas Action for Children. Originally published in the Fall 2022 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. This past spring, the Kansas Legislature took a significant step toward

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RSV Prevention in Your Program

November 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
RSV Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

By Erica Goldsby and Jessica Strawn, Child Care Health Consultant Nurses, Child Care Aware of Kansas. RSV Prevention in Your Program and How CCHC Can Help While seasonal illnesses are not new, this year there seems to be an unusually high spread of RSV and other diseases. You may have

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Kansas Children’s Service League: Programs for Parents and Families

November 3, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Family playing at the park

By Pam Noble, Assistant Director for Prevent Child Abuse Kansas, Kansas Children’s Service League. Originally Published in the Fall 2022 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) works to prevent childhood abuse and neglect, offer family support, improve

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Keeping Sleep Safe  

October 3, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Keeping Sleep Safe

By: Erica McGinley & Jessica Strawn, Child Care Aware of Kansas, Child Care Nurse Consultants. Nap or rest time should be peaceful for children and their caregivers.  However, it’s not a completely carefree part of the daily schedule.  Sleeping can be a high-risk activity,

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How Stretch Your Child Care Program Budget

September 2, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
How to Stretch the Budget for Your Child Care Business

By Susan Pearson, Early Care and Education Specialist, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Stretch Your Child Care Budget Temporarily As a business owner, you rely on money to keep your expenses covered and your doors open. Ideally, you would always make a profit too. Like other businesses, your

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Become a CACFP Provider

September 2, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Become a CACFP Provider

By Jill Ladd, Assistant Director, Child Nutrition & Wellness, Kansas State Department of Education. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. The Data Did you know that children in child care receive an average 40% of their daily calories while in the

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Child Hunger in Kansas

August 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Hunger in Kansas

How to Take Action Against Child Hunger in Kansas By Martha Terhaar, Thriving Advocate, Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Even here in the breadbasket of the world, one in six Kansas kids experience food

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Using Proven Early Childhood Interventions to Combat ACES

August 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Early Childhood Interventions

David Jordan, President, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Health Fund). Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Using Proven Early Childhood Interventions to Combat ACES It’s true what they say: children don’t come with an instruction manual.

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Worksite Wellness for Child Care Professionals

August 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Worksite Wellness

By Andrew Hodgson, Nutrition Coordinator, Child Start, Inc. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. More than half of medium and large companies operate wellness programs, which can boost morale and productivity, support general health, complement culture,

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Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas

August 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas

Top 5 Policies to Promote Children’s Health in Kansas By Heather Braum, Health policy advisor, Kansas Action for Children. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Policy choices in Kansas can change the health outcomes of Kansas kids for the better — or

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Recognizing Monkeypox in Early Childcare

August 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Monkeypox written newspaper

By Erica McGinley and Jessica Strawn, Child Care Nurse Consultants, Child Care Aware of Kansas. World Health Organization declared Monkeypox to be a Public Health Emergency On July 23rd, the World Health Organization declared Monkeypox to be a Public Health Emergency. Shortly following

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Mental Health Tips for Child Care Professionals

August 2, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Mental Health Tips for Child Care Professionals

Erica McGinley, Child Care Nurse Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. What’s the last thing you did simply because you enjoyed it? If it’s hard to answer this question, you’re not alone. Child care providers

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Improve Safety in Child Care

August 2, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Easy Ways to Improve Safety in Child Care Settings By Kathy Attar, Program Manager, Eco-Healthy Child Care®, Children’s Environmental Health Network. Originally published in the Summer 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Unfortunately, our everyday environments, including child care

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Vaccinations in Early Care & Education

August 1, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Vaccinations in Early Care & Education

By Erica McGinley and Jessica Strawn, Child Care Nurse Consultants, Child Care Aware of Kansas. 8 FAQs about Vaccinations in Early Care & Education As a child care provider, you want to keep your business running smoothly and safely. Encouraging parents to keep their child’s

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Healthy Habit Influencers

July 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

How the child care system can improve health today and tomorrow. By Georgia S. Thompson and Roshelle Payes, Nemours Children’s Health Early care and education (ECE) professionals are the original influencers. After parents and family, children look to the other significant adults in

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Letting Joy In Through Playful Learning

July 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Letting joy in through playful learning

By Jennifer Burgardt, Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Child Care Aware of Kansas As defined by Webster’s dictionary, JOY is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or to experience intense pleasure or delight. Does this exist within you? Your program? Or

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Child Care and Vaccinations

July 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

In June 2022, the FDA granted emergency authorization to both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5 years of age. Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all eligible infants and children without contraindications get vaccinated. The COVID-19

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Starting a Child Care Business

July 13, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Starting a Child Care Business Just Got Way Easier

Starting a Child Care Business Just Got Way Easier. By Beth Dibben, Child Care Health Consultant, Child Start. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. A child care provider has two primary responsibilities. The first is the obvious one: caring for and

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An Innovative Grant/Loan Hybrid to Attract New Providers

July 8, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
An Innovative Grant/Loan

An Innovative Grant/Loan Hybrid to Attract New Providers By Kelly Gourley, Executive Director, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Like so many other communities across the state,  Lincoln County has

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Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings

June 15, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Culturally Responsive Staff

Bridget Banks, Child Care Health Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings For the first time in history, we as a nation are

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Child Care Supply and Demand in Kansas: What to Know and How to Be Part of the Solution

June 2, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Child Care Supply and Demand in Kansas: What to Know and How to Be Part of the Solution A child’s earliest experiences lay the foundation for lifelong learning, well-being, and success. Quality early care and education opportunities provide the nurturing environments and relationships

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Using a Career Pathway to Recruit and Retain Child Care Providers and Educators

May 11, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
using careering pathway

By Hannah McGahey, Workforce Coordinator, Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund and Sara Gardner, Assistant Director, KU Center for Public Partnerships and Research. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. From 2017 to early 2020, Kansas

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The Child Care Gap: What Do We Know? What Do We Do?

May 5, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
child care data

By Linda K Smith, Director of Early Childhood Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed what any working parent in America already knew to be true – that the early childhood years hold

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Supporting Social-Emotional Development

March 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Social Emotional Development Happy Hands Painting

By Erica Figueroa, Project Coordinator on the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Impact Project Article originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Caregivers play an integral role in assisting children achieve healthy social-emotional development.

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Heading Off Temper Tantrums

February 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
upset young girl

by Callie Hoffman, Executive Director, Kansas Parents as Teachers Association (KPATA). Originally published in the Winter 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. We all have things in life that aggravate or annoy us, and we all have different ways of managing those feelings of

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Filling the Void

February 21, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Making child care work for Kansas Stressed Child Care Provider

Concordia School District Provides Child Care Through Community Collaboration By Krystal Breese, Director of Curriculum/Assessment, USD 333 , originally published in the Winter 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Early childhood experiences are the foundation for a student’s future

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Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

January 14, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

By Jillian Hoefer, Director, Wichita State University Child Development Center. Article originally published in the Winter 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine.   Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program As child care providers, we have responsibilities beyond taking

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Elevating Provider Voices

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Provider Support Center

By Berni Howe, Lead Training and Technical Assistant Specialist, KCCTO and Tara Glanton, Training and Technical Assistant Specialist, KCCTO. Article originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Elevating Provider Voices 2020 has been robust, with quick shifts

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

December 10, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By John Presley Originally published in the Spring 2020 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Attachment is a word in mental health circles that has taken on a dominant connotation as relating to disruptions and disorders of relationships, particularly regarding the development of

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No Better Time: Systems Thinking for All

November 29, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
kid surprised reading book with lightbulb in library

By: Tracy Benson, President, Waters Center for Systems Thinking Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine A System Is a Collection of Related Parts Having recently been absent, Marisa enthusiastically returned to school. Her teacher, Ms. Vicky, as she did with

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Supporting Healthy Brain Development in Children through Nutrition

November 24, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Smiling mixed race girl holding an apple and broccoli in her hands. Healthy vegetarian food for kids

BY Karen Seymour, RD, LD, Kansas State Department of Education Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Nutrition is an important factor that can affect the growth and development of the brain and ultimately influence information processing and learning in

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