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Emergency Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs: 5 Tips for Providers

March 7, 2024 | By Jessica Gable

Nearly 1 out of every 5 children in the United States has a special health care

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A Fresh Perspective on Child Care Business Policies

January 26, 2024 | By Heidi Collins

Refreshing policies for the new year can give a program an array of benefits. Creating policies for child care is essential to creating high-quality and long-standing programs, but that is only the first step.

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10 Recordkeeping and Tax Tips for New Family Child Care Providers

January 17, 2024 | By Tom Copeland

As a family child care provider, it’s important for you to become familiar with all the IRS requirements for filing your

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Goals to Set for Your Child Care Business at the Start of the New Year

January 8, 2024 | By Jessica Gable
Child Care Management Software

This time of year, many of us reflect on the previous year and set resolutions or goals for the upcoming year! Regardless of your feelings about New Year's resolutions, it's a great idea to set professional goals for yourself and your child care business in 2024!

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For Families

5 Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids

December 1, 2023 | By Jessica Gable
5 Winter Recipe Ideas for Kids

With all the great reasons to incorporate seasonal foods into your program's menu, it's easy to see that seasonal recipes are good for your children's mind and appetite!

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For Families

Food Allergies in Childcare – Holiday Party Alternatives

November 8, 2023 | By Jessica Gable

There’s a lot of great things to celebrate during this time of year! When planning your holiday parties, do you think about the kids with food allergies in your

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For Families

How Child Care Software Can Elevate Your Child’s Early Education

November 6, 2023 | By Sarah Go

Child care administrators and teachers have to juggle a lot on a daily basis. Not only are they teaching young minds, but they’re also managing family communications, billing and enrollment, and everything in between. It can be challenging for families to find a program that does it all

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For Providers

A Free Playground for KS Providers – Child Care Management Software

November 6, 2023 | By Beny Mizrachi

Playground was purpose-built for child care providers to reduce tedious administrative work and free them to focus on what matters most — providing quality care for children.

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A Network of Support for Providers

October 12, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Early childhood professionals need and deserve respect and support for the critically important work they do. Investing in state’s our early care and education professionals is critical to stemming the loss of child care spots and expanding access to families throughout the

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For Providers

Is Your Child Care Program Breastfeeding Friendly?

August 3, 2023 | By Jessica Gable
Child Care Program Breastfeeding

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition maintains a list of child care providers across our state who have been designated as breastfeeding friendly.

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For Families

Get Creative Outside: Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

July 31, 2023 | By Rachel Jury
Get Creative Outside: Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids

Put on some sunscreen, make sure everyone has enough water, and enjoy these activities for summer fun with

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For Families

Tips for Cooking with Children +  3 Kid-Friendly Recipes

July 27, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Tips for Cooking with Children + 3 Kid-Friendly Recipes

Cooking with children can be both fun and exhausting! Despite the time and patience required, making snacks or meals with your kids pays off for everyone

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For Families

Superhero Skills for Summer

July 24, 2023 | By Vladimir Sainte
Superhero Skills for Summer

Summer is a season for practicing and developing resilience and problem-solving skills in a low-stress and supportive environment.

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For Families

Beat Summer Boredom with Physical Activity

July 10, 2023 | By Natalie Updyke
Beat Summer Boredom

Making physical activity fun ensures that your kids will enjoy the benefits of being active throughout their

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For Providers

Free Resources at Your Fingertips

July 6, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Free resources for child care providers

You can rely on ECE Resources Kansas to keep a lot of important information saved for you in one

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For Providers

Helping New Providers Set Up Their Businesses

July 6, 2023 | By Jessica Soto-Botello
Helping New Providers

The Child Care Health Consultant Start-Up program is dedicated to welcoming new providers to the child care

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For Families

Why Parents Love Child Care Management Systems

June 20, 2023 | By Kali Steelsmith
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We are so grateful that our program uses a child care management system, and we recommend it to all early care and education professionals. It makes the transition between home and child care much

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For Providers

One Provider’s Experience with Child Care Management Software

June 19, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Julie Schwarz, owner of Thunderhawk Daycare in Grinnell, Kansas, shares her opinion on the KidKare software and how her program has benefitted from

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For Providers

6 Easy Steps for Gardening in Early Childhood Education

June 16, 2023 | By Jessica Gable

Add a little bit of homegrown flavor to your child care program’s kitchen

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For Providers

A Simple Formula for Child Care Business Success

May 31, 2023 | By Louise Stoney
A simple formula for child care business success

The Iron Triangle of Early Care and Education Finance is a simple formula to help busy child care providers stay on track.

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For Providers

Learning Communities for Child Care Providers

May 17, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Learning Communities for Child Care Providers

A learning community is a peer support network of early childhood professionals who meet on a regular basis to work toward shared goals.

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For Providers

Shared Business Services for Providers Save Time and Money

May 12, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
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Shared Service Networks offer child care providers the opportunity to strengthen their business practices while focusing on what is the most important — the children.

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For Providers

How to Combat Stress in Your Program

April 13, 2023 | By Jessica Gable

It can be challenging to know what you can do to best support yourself, your staff, and your children during hard

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For Providers

The Importance of Sleep for Health

March 8, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Importance of Sleep, young child sleeping

The Importance of Sleep March 17, 2023 is not just a day to wear green!  It’s also a nationally recognized day to acknowledge the many health benefits of sleep. How Does Sleep Impact Children? Sleep is a critical component of health for children.  The amount of sleep a child

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For Providers

Preparing for Severe Weather and Tornado Season

March 2, 2023 | By Rachel Fisher
Preparing for Severe Weather Dramatic thunderstorm cumulonimbus cloud with lightning over a field in Kansas. Weather and climate concept.

There are some simple steps you can take to prepare yourself, your family, and the children you care

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For Providers

How Program Administration Makes Providers’ Jobs Easier

February 7, 2023 | By Child Care Aware of Kansas
Program Administration Child Care

Program Administration Support is designed to help improve the quality of your business practices.

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For Providers

The Benefits of Toothbrushing in Early Childhood Education 

February 7, 2023 | By Erica Goldsby
Benefits of Toothbrushing

Kids with cavities miss school and have missed opportunities. Pain and infection from untreated cavities can lead to problems with eating, speaking, and

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For Providers

How to Become a Child Care Provider

February 3, 2023 | By Lisa Johnson
Become a Child Care Provider

Our child care health consultants are ready to help you tackle your child care start-up

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For Communities

How Family Child Care Providers Can Become Advocates

January 24, 2023 | By Angie Carnes
providers can become advocates

Advocacy is not one-size-fits all. You can use your talents and your experience to make a

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For Providers

How to Support Children with Birth Defects

January 3, 2023 | By Erica Goldsby
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Child care providers have a unique opportunity to play a critical role in preventing and early identification of birth defects.

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For Providers

Fight Illness Spread During This Flu Season 

December 1, 2022 | By Erica Goldsby
illness prevention in childcare. Sick child being cared for by caregiver.

Disease mitigation strategies are some of the most important things providers can do to help keep illness at

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