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Back-to-School Blues

July 29, 2022 | By Ashley Sias
Back to School Blues

As we head into back-to-school season, it’s time to think about preparing your program for the departure of school-aged

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Engaging Families to Improve Early Childhood Systems

July 28, 2022 | By Heather Smith
Engaging Families

After a decade of focusing primarily on children with special health care needs, the FAC has expanded to address the needs of four more populations: women/moms, early childhood, children, and

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Healthy Habit Influencers

July 22, 2022 | By Georgia S. Thompson

Strengthening ECE systems for health takes time, but we have identified a few key strategies to help state and local leaders get

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Letting Joy In Through Playful Learning

July 22, 2022 | By Jennifer Burgardt
Letting joy in through playful learning

Recent research and professional development topics for early childhood professionals revolve around the importance of playful learning within the context of building relationships as key to later academic success.

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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 Beth Dibben
Starting a Child Care Business Just Got Way Easier

If you’re looking to start a child care business, you now have access to Child Care Health Consultants to guide you through the sometimes overwhelming

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An Innovative Grant/Loan Hybrid to Attract New Providers

July 8, 2022 | By Kelly Gourley
An Innovative Grant/Loan

Because the costs and complexities of opening a child care center are so burdensome, the community decided to incentivize people to start up new in-home facilities.

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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 Bridget Banks

Juneteenth (short for June Nineteenth), which commemorates the end of slavery in this country, is considered one of the longest-running African American holidays.

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Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Responsive Staff in Early Childhood Education Settings

June 15, 2022 | By Bridget Banks
Culturally Responsive Staff

To ensure that all children in ECE programs are receiving the best possible start in life, it’s imperative to recruit and retain staff who are culturally responsive and willing to engage diverse

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Safe Sleep and SIDS

May 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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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Quality Training for New Child Care Providers

May 16, 2022 | By Linda Logan
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Research has linked child care quality and young children’s developmental outcomes with the training of providers and educators.

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

May 11, 2022 | By Hannah McGahey
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In order to reduce the shortage, we need to retain our current child care providers and educators and attract more to the field. Establishing a career pathway is a foundational tool for accomplishing these

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New! Point-in-Time Data Relaunched

April 26, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Child Care Aware of Kansas connects everyone with a stake in child care — families, child care providers, businesses, local and state leaders, and community members — to the information and ideas they need to take action. We work to empower communities to tackle the lack of

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Growing Generations of Kansans

March 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Chelsy Spiller is an Early Care and Education Specialist at Child Care Aware of Kansas. Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Growing Generations of Kansans The benefits of gardening with children are innumerable. One of my favorite reasons for

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Supporting Social-Emotional Development

March 18, 2022 | By Erica Figueroa
Social Emotional Development Happy Hands Painting

Babies, toddlers, and children rely on nurturing relationships with adults to assist them in learning how to control or respond appropriately to their

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For Families

Heading Off Temper Tantrums

February 22, 2022 | By Callie Hoffman
upset young girl

Infants and young children cannot regulate their emotions on their own, and they need loving adults in their lives to help them regulate and practice these skills.

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Free Social-Emotional Developmental Screening Available

February 1, 2022 | By Jordan Christian
A cute boy playing with preschool math manipulative toys and with a facial expression that shows wonder or thinking.

By participating in a social-emotional screening, providers of all kinds can evaluate a child’s development, address any potential concerns, and connect families to services and supports in their

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Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

January 14, 2022 | By Jillian Hoefer
Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

One of the most obvious ways to engage families is to involve them in day-to-day operations. You also want to make sure they have the opportunity to voice their concerns or

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For Families

Extending Child Care Experiences to the Home

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Discussing child care experiences at home strengthens kids’ brain connections. Their social and emotional development is enhanced when parents and caregivers expand on kids’ experiences by asking questions, using a variety of words, and naming feelings and emotions. Parents

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What’s Your Connection

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Rachelle Soden, Training Manager, Kansas Children’s Service League. Originally published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Connections matter in early childhood. Early care and education professionals — including child care providers, preschool teachers, and

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Advocacy: Providers & Parents

December 15, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Family Resources

The Voices That Should Inform Change-Process In Our Child Care System By Peggy Kelly, Executive Director, Kansas Head Start Association. Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Long before COVID-19 completely redesigned our lives and view of what

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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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How to Pay Yourself First – Money Management for Family Child Care Providers

December 2, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Child Care News

By Tom Copeland, Trainer, Author and Advocate for Family Child Care Originally published in the Spring 2021 issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Most family child care providers know they should be saving more money for their retirement. At the end of the month, though, there is usually

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For Families

Supporting Healthy Brain Development in Children through Nutrition

November 24, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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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Communities in Action Workshop

November 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Tanya Koehn, Director of Family & Community Services, Child Care Aware of Kansas Child Care Aware of Kansas works alongside local communities to tackle the lack of affordable, quality child care by connecting them to the perspectives, information, and ideas they need to

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Taking Care of Business: Tips for Family Child Care

November 4, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Tom Copeland, Trainer, Author and Advocate for Family Child Care Originally published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine Family child care providers start their businesses because they love children and want to care for them. But many providers quit because they can’t

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Press Release: Program Administration Support

October 19, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Child Care Aware of Kansas, in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and Links to Quality, launched Program Administration Support to provide one-on-one assistance to licensed child care providers as they strengthen their

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When Little People are Overwhelmed by Big Emotions

October 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Kim Lawson, Preschool teacher, Bennington Grade School Orginally published in the Fall 2020 Issue of Kansas Child magazine Children are not born with the skills to self-regulate. We instinctively help babies soothe by rocking, bouncing, back rubs, and singing. As children grow into

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Assessing Your Child Care Environment

October 4, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Susan Owens, Early Care and Education Specialist, The Family Conservancy Originally published in the Summer 2021 Issue of Kansas Child magazine Environment plays a crucial role in supporting child development. But how can you tell if the changes you make to the child care environment

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10 Reasons to Become an Early Childhood Education Professional

September 2, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Michelle Gilbert, Early Care & Education Specialist, Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas Across the nation, conversations are taking place about the shortage of qualified early childhood professionals. In Kansas, the topic of workforce development comes up at virtually any meeting

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