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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

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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Finding a Training Has Never Been Easier!

July 13, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Finding a training is now easier than ever! Providing early care and education is one of the most rewarding – and challenging – careers you could choose! As an early care and education professional, you are able to nurture young children as they develop and explore the world around

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Child Care Sustainability Grants

July 12, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Kansas child care providers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, even when other businesses closed. Yet many are struggling to stay afloat. Prioritizing the health and safety of young children comes with increased costs for child care programs, at a time when revenue for child

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Know Better…Do Better

June 14, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

Since launching the Child Care Aware of Kansas “Point-In-Time Data” feature on May 18, 2021, our website has received over 800 unique visitors specifically looking for information about the supply and demand of child care in Kansas

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COVID-19 Update

April 14, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

With COVID-19 affecting the communities we serve, we are conducting all coaching, professional development events and meetings virtually or by phone whenever possible. We are reassessing on a continual

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Child Care Health Consultant Network

February 19, 2021 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas

We partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to launch the next phase of consultations for licensed child care

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