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Fight Illness Spread During This Flu Season 

December 1, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
illness prevention in childcare. Sick child being cared for by caregiver.

By Erica Goldsby and Jessica Strawn, Child Care Health Consultant Nurses, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) asked the Biden administration to declare an emergency to support a national response to the alarming surge of

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Empower and Support Families by Earning Their Trust

November 22, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Support Families

Impactful support requires intentional and authentic family engagement practices. By Dr. Carla Whiteside-Hicks, Director of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Early Childhood Programs, Kansas Department for Children and Families. Originally published in the Fall 2022 issue of

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More People Now Qualify for Child Care Assistance

November 15, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Funding Impacts Child Care. Child Care Assistance

By Nichelle Adams, Early Education and Child Care Services Manager, Kansas Department for Children and Families. Originally published in the Fall 2022 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. To be initially eligible for Child Care Assistance, a family of four can make nearly 70,000 a year. Many

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En Tu Esquina: 1-800-Children

November 14, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Por Stephanie Boone, supervisora estatal de información y referencias, Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL). Publicado originalmente en la edición de otoño de Kansas Child Magazine. Un nino cambian tu vida. Yo pienso que todos podemos estar de acuerdo, cuando un nino entra en

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La Liga de Servicio Infantil de Kansas

November 14, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Pam Noble, Subdirectora de los programas de Prevención del Abuso Infantil en Kansas, La Liga de Servicio Infantil de Kansas. Publicado originalmente en la edición de otoño de 2023 de Kansas Child Magazine. Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) Kansas Children’s Service

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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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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Child Care Stabilization Funds Impacts Kansas Children

October 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Funding Impacts Child Care. Child Care Assistance

Source: ARP Child Care Stabilization Funding State Fact Sheets | The Administration for Children and Families (hhs.gov) The Administration for Children and Families released new data showing that child care stabilization funds provided in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) have served

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Child Care Subsidies Matter

October 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Care Subsidies Matter

By Reann Parker, Director, Oak Grove School and Katrina DeClue, Links to Quality Community Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Fall 2022 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. I recently sat down with Reann Parker, director of Oak Grove School in Manhattan,

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Health, Safety, & Wellness

National Epilepsy Awareness Month 

October 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Epilepsy Awareness Childs Hands Holding Purple Hearts

By Erica Goldsby and Jessica Strawn, Child Care Health Consultant Nurses, Child Care Aware of Kansas. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the world. People with epilepsy have

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Keeping a Smoke-Free Environment

October 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
No Smoking Sign on Playground

By Erica Goldsby and Jessica Strawn, Child Care Health Consultant Nurses, Child Care Aware of Kansas. November 19th is the Great American Smokeout. Thousands across the country will begin their journey to quit smoking on this day. Tobacco use can come in many forms, including cigarettes,

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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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Child Care Provider Programs

September 14, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Child Care Health Consultant Network The Child Care Health Consultant Network is grounded in the belief that consistent statewide child care health consultation services positively impact the quality of care children receive in early care and education/child care settings.  When early

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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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Strengthen Your Food Program

August 31, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Food Program

By: Erica McGinley & Jessica Strawn, CCHC Nurse Consultants  For children enrolled in fulltime care, the majority of their day is spent with you, their childcare provider. This also means they eat most of their meals and snacks with you. Mealtime creates plenty of wonderful

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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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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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Back-to-School Blues

July 29, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Back to School Blues

By Ashley Sias, Child Care Health Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Back-to-School Blues: Preparing for Children to Leave Your Program Transitions are inevitable in early childhood education, but when your program cares for school-age children, you live and breathe transitions.

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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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Behind the Scenes of the CCHC Network

June 23, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Care Nurse Consultant

Behind the Scenes of the CCHC Network with Two Kansas Providers Providers at a large child care center and a small group home, both with decades of experience,  explain what they gained from the Child Care Health Consultation service. Kim Vanderfohe, director of Butterfly Funhouse

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To Celebrate Juneteenth, Let’s Work to End Inequity in Kansas

June 19, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Bridget Banks, Child Care Health Equity Consultant Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth), which commemorates the end of slavery in this country, is considered one of the longest-running African American holidays. It was officially declared a federal holiday in 2021. What Juneteenth

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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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Elegir Cuidado Infantil de Calidad

May 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
mother holds her daughter while taking notes at her dining table serving as a temporary remote work from home station with breast pump in foreground.

By Jessica Soto-Botello, Strategic Partnership Manager, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Publicado original mente en la edición de primavera de 2022 de Kansas Child Magazine. Como padres de familia nuestro mas grande deseo es poder proteger de nuestros pequeños de todo mal y darles una buena

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Safe Sleep and SIDS

May 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
child sleeping safely Safe sleep and SIDS

Article by Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network An article about new research on SIDS that has been gaining traction in the Safe Sleep Community. This research may lead to greater ability to screen risk of SIDS, but that is only a small portion of sleep-related deaths. The recent

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Find the Right Early Childhood Education Program

May 17, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Family together on couch

How to Find the Right Early Childhood Education Program For Your Family By Bridget Banks, Health Equity Consultant, Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Licensed daycare home or child care center? School-aged program or Head

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Quality Training for New Child Care Providers

May 16, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Person searching online child care search

By Linda Logan, Program Coordinator, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO). Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Before the pandemic, the child care infrastructure was already struggling. Our

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