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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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Design Thinking For & With Children

January 7, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

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 problem-solving

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An Opportunity to Equitably Fund Child Care

January 4, 2022 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

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
Woman holding her baby and texting on her phone. Female with her new born baby using mobile phone at home.

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

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 children.

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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

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
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

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

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 tanya

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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Grandparents Adventures

September 12, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
grandparent and child garden

By Samantha Sulsar, Coordinator, Child Care Aware of Kansas I can’t help but smile every time I open the silverware drawer.  The spoons and forks that rattle and clank when the drawer is pulled open are far more than just simple utensils used for boring everyday tasks, these spoons are

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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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A Beautiful Career: What Family Child Care Can Do

September 2, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
kids making hearts from paper, prepare for valentine day

By Emily Barnes, Owner/Manager, Barnes Child Care, for the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child magazine. After my second child, postpartum anxiety started interfering with my ability to work. Thoughts swirled around my head: What would happen if I stepped away from my job to take care of

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1-800-CHILDREN

September 1, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Vicki Roper, Director, Prevent Child Abuse Kansas, for the Fall 2020 Issue of Kansas Child magazine. The outbreak of the coronavirus has changed our world – dramatically – and rapidly. Although the risk to the physical health of young children appears to be low, their risk of

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Building a Community of Leaders: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity through Communities of Practice

August 24, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Georgia Thompson, Senior Program & Policy Analyst, Nemours and Rebekah Duchette, Senior State Systems Specialist, Nemours for the Summer 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. Just as young children need supportive relationships as they grow and develop, adults also benefit from

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Start With Those Who Know The Challenge Best

August 24, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Julia McBride, Vice President, Kansas Leadership Center Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine If you aspire to launch more creative child care solutions, you know you need to get par­ents and child care providers involved. Don’t delay! Too many

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Encouraging New Foods Through Play

August 18, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Diana Floyd, RD, LD, Kansas State Department of Education Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine Getting children to try new foods can be challenging. Children can be picky eaters and consume less than the optimal variety of foods each day. Parents and

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Child Care in Kansas: Paralysis to Action

August 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Travis Rickford, Executive Director, LiveWell Northwest Kansas Originally published in the Winter 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine Today, our rural way of life looks a little different as we adapt to new challenges presented by COVID-19. Our work environments look different, and we

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Why Bother Going Outside?

August 11, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Jeannie Evans & Janelle Balarashti, Early Care & Education Team, The Family Conservancy Originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine As we face this time of uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more critical that we make sure our

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For The Public Good: Child Care As Economic Development

August 10, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

By Dr. Bradford Wiles, Associate Professor/Extension Specialist, Kansas State University Originally published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Kansas Child Magazine. The argument for access to quality, affordable child care has historically been: “It’s for the children!” This is a moral

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Keeping Children Safe and Healthy – Questions to Ask Your Child Care Provider About COVID-19

August 6, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Your child means the world to you, and you do all you can to make sure they have what they need to be healthy and happy. You shouldn’t have to worry about your child’s health and safety while you work, go to school, or pursue your goals. There’s much your child care provider can do

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