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An Innovative Hub for Training

May 16, 2022 | By Desiree Donovan
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An Innovative Hub for Training and Professional Development in Kansas City By Jenny Brandt, Director of Early Care and Education, The Family Conservancy. Originally published in the Spring 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. It’s been 17 years since I started as an intern at The Family

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Quality Training for New Child Care Providers

May 16, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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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Using a Career Pathway to Recruit and Retain Child Care Providers and Educators

May 11, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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
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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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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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Being Mindful of Family Wellness in the Digital Age

March 28, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Kelly Cain-Swart, Community Consultant, Links to Quality System, Child Care Aware® of Kansas & Rebecca Quigley, Early Care & Education Specialist, Child Care Aware® of Kansas. Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Being Mindful of Family

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Supporting Social-Emotional Development

March 18, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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
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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
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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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Kansas Employers Should Make Child Care Their Business

February 1, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Jen Bump, Founder of Bump Collaborative Consulting. Originally published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. American businesses today face extraordinary challenges locating and hiring skilled workers. In fact, 74 percent of hiring managers surveyed by the U.S. Chamber

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Free Social-Emotional Developmental Screening Available

February 1, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Jordan Christian, Public Service Executive, Kansas Department of Education & Erica Figueroa, Research Project Coordinator, Center for Public Partnerships and Research, University of Kansas. Originally published in the Winter 2022 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. The early years of a

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Welcoming the Community into Your Child Care Program

January 14, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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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Design Thinking For & With Children

January 7, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By Mark Logan, Founder & Chief Collaborator, idealect. Article originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine.  Innovation teams in corporate settings frequently attempt to conjure up the energy and unrestrained creativity of childhood. Using

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An Opportunity to Equitably Fund Child Care

January 4, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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By MK Falgout, Research Assistant for Early Childhood Policy, Center for American Progress. Article originally published in the Fall 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. For decades, America’s child care system quite simply has not worked. Families struggle to afford quality child care,

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Elevating Provider Voices

December 22, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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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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
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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
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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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No Better Time: Systems Thinking for All

November 29, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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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
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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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Supporting Family Choice

November 16, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

A Message from Child Care Aware of Kansas Selecting a child care provider is an important decision for a family to make, and it’s often a stressful one, no matter the family’s situation. The good news is that Child Care Aware of Kansas offers a free resource for families to help them

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Data as a Tool for Creating Racial Equity

November 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By, Michelle Stover Wright, M.S., Evaluation and Research BUILD Initiative; Aisha Ray, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow, BUILD Initiative; Sherri Killins Stewart Ed. D., Director of State Systems Alignment and Integration, Co-Director of State Services, BUILD Initiative Originally published in

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Every Child Needs Nature

November 9, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Elizabeth Burger, Senior Program Officer, Sunflower Foundation Originally published in the Fall 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. “Every child needs nature. Not just ones whose parents appreciate nature. Not just those of certain economic class or culture or set of abilities.

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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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Survey of Kansas child care facilities points to lingering challenges of COVID-19

October 21, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and Child Care Aware of Kansas partnered to survey of child care providers — 29% of the state’s total — indicated facility operators were committed to extra cleaning, handwashing and temperature checks. More significant public health

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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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Data is the Future

September 16, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Teri Garstka, Associate Director, KU Center for Public Partnerships for the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child magazine. It’s an exciting time to be a data enthusiast in Kansas!   We all want Kansas to be the best state for families to raise a child. To get there, we need

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