Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Free Training! Healthy Homes & Child Care Conference: Promoting a Healthy Environment for our Children

Free Training!  Healthy Homes & Child Care Conference:  Promoting a Healthy Environment for our Children

Registration is now open and licensed and registered child care facilities are eligible for scholarships* to cover the conference registration cost (a $170 savings!).  Approximately 10 clock hours are available at the conference. 

Choose from over 30 sessions including:

·         Preschool Environmental Education Curriculum

·         Child Care Environmental Health 101 – Learn how things you can’t see at your facility can have long-term health implications on children.  Hear how other providers in Indiana are using cutting edge ideas to reduce hazards and share your own ideas and experiences.  Topics include pests and pesticides, cleaning chemicals, lead paint, vehicle idling and more.

·         Make Hand Washing Fun – hand washing can help reduce many types of environmental exposure, but how do you keep little ones engaged to do it?  Fun ideas for proper hand washing.

·         Successfully Incorporate Fresh Foods into Your Child Care Menu

·         Five Star Environmental Recognition Program – More Benefits, Better Application, Updated Requirements

·         Plus so much more!  Full Draft Agenda and Registration:  www.ikecoalition.org/2015conference


October 28 & 29  (attend one or both days)

Indianapolis, IN – Ivy Tech Corporate & Culinary Conference Center

Full Draft Agenda and Registration:  www.ikecoalition.org/2015conference
Select the "Scholarship Registration" Button. Use the code – healthy2015.


* You may send 2 people per site on scholarship.  You can request scholarships for additional attendees, but they will be put on a waiting list.  You may attend one or both days.  This scholarship covers the registration cost.  You will be responsible for any lodging or travel costs for the conference. 


Questions may be directed to Improving Kids Environment at ike@ikecoalition.org.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Got funding? No? Write a Grant (for your Early Care and Education Program), by Sue Offutt

Got funding? No? Write a Grant (for your Early Care and Education Program), by Sue Offutt


Date: July 15, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time

This session is sponsored by MyChild Daily Reports, Hot Topics for ECE Administrators Series.
With ongoing budget shortfalls, many organizations have to rely on grant funding to sustain their programming. Yet, how do you get started in writing a strong grant proposal? In this session, you will walk through the stages of writing a proposal from determining if you qualify to hitting the electronic send button. By using a checklist of key activities, you can stay focused and on track for ensuring you address all the required components in the proposal.
All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.
2:oo PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.
*Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.


Monday, June 15, 2015

What to do when your child with special needs turns 18

Respite care will be provided, so please let me know if you’ll be bringing your children.


Jeffery Stinson, an attorney at Stinson Law Firm, LLC, will be presenting on guardianship, public beneifts-SSI and Medicaid, health care advance directives and powers of attorney.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Laws on CCDF Provider Eligibilty

The time is just around the corner, on July 1, 2015 all providers in Indiana accepting CCDF but not licensed must follow new health and safety laws. Letters have been sent out to providers notifying them of the new standards.

If you are an unlicensed child care program accepting CCDF vouchers you must meet these additional standards effective July 1, 2015 in order to continue to receive CCDF funding.
  1. Safe Conditions: You must have and maintain a written policy describing how you maintain safe conditions in your child care facility or home and safety of motor vehicles used to transport children.
    • These written policies and any changes to this policy must;
    • Be submitted to the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (formerly the Bureau of Child Care)
    • Posted in a public location in the facility or home.
    • Provided to the parent or guardian of each child in your care.
  2. Daily Activities: you must make available daily activities appropriate to the age, developmental needs, interests, and number of children in your care, including the following:
    • Both active and quiet play. The provider may include the use of safe, age-appropriate toys, games, and equipment for indoor and outdoor play.
    • Daily outdoor play, unless one (1) of the following applies:
    • Severity of the weather poses a safety or health hazard.
    • A health related reason for a child to remain indoors is documented by the child's parent, guardian, or physician.
  3. Nutrition: you must make available to each child in your care:
    • Appropriately timed, nutritious meals and snacks in a quantity sufficient to meet the needs of the child.
    • This does not eliminate sack lunches brought from home.
    • Drinking water at all times.
    You may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  4. Group Size and Ratios: As a provider operating a child care program in a facility or home you must follow ratios and group sizes as follows:
    • If you will be caring for no more than sixteen (16) children at a facility/home you must maintain:
    • a ratio of children to caregivers in the same proportions as specified in the child to staff ratio requirements; and
    • the same group sizes as specified in the group size requirements that apply to a child care home under IC 12-17.2-5.
    • If you will be caring for more than sixteen (16) children at a facility/home you must maintain:
      • a ratio of children to caregivers in the same proportions as specified in the child to staff ratio requirements; and
      • the same group sizes as specified in the group size requirements; that apply to a child care center under IC 12-17.2-4.
  5. Continuing Education: unless the provider is a parent, stepparent, guardian, custodian, or other relative to each child in the care of the provider, the individual annually must receive:
    • at least twelve (12) hours of continuing education approved by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) and related to the age appropriate educational development, care, and safety of children.
    The hours of continuing education required may include:
    • child abuse detection and prevention
    • first aid
    • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • safe sleeping practices
    • education received during the year as part of the non-formal CDA process or through higher education such as an Associates or Bachelors degree program.
    • Not more than three (3) months after the individual begins employment or volunteer duties, the individual must receive training approved by OECOSL concerning child abuse detection and prevention. This training is available for free at your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.
    • You must:
      • maintain at the facility/home where you operate a child care program documentation of all training and completion of continuing education required; and
      • make the documentation available to the OECOSL upon request.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dealing with a picky eater

Do you a child in your care that refuses to try something new? Many providers comment that they have children that just won't eat anything but chicken nuggets and french fries. Or that they would like to try new foods but don't thing their children will eat them. Don't let the fear of new foods stop you from introducing them. Children need multiple exposures to new foods to develop a taste for them.

 Make trying new foods a learning experience. Let the children touch it, smell it, and taste it. Talk about how it looks. Is it smooth? Does it have bumps? What color is it? Does it smell sweet? Try just a small tasting to start with. You might find that cooking it different ways will help a picky eater find a way they like it. Take apples for example: a child may not like a raw apple slice but if you take the apple slices, add a little cinnamon and microwave it till its soft they may like it. You could create a food tasting chart for each child. Give them a sticker to add to the chart when they try a new food.

You as the provider have the ability to help the children in your care create healthy eating habits for the rest of their life. 

Here are some other great activity ideas for trying new foods with a picky eater.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MCCOY has a lot of great training opportunities coming up !