Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Space is limited! Enroll now! Director’s Forum 2014

The Administrator’s Advantage
Director’s Forum 2014
The Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the local child care resource and referral agencies are proud to present a day planned especially for child care directors.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Fort Harrison State Park | Indianapolis | Indiana
 Cost:  $40
Registration form and conference program will be available March 25, 2014
on our website.

For conference information, please contact:
Sally Lacey, IACCRR
317-925-5202 or
Toll-free: 1-800-299-1627

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Date change

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood-
Project Learning Tree
June 7, 2014

Training Cost:   $20

Whether you regularly use the outdoors as a classroom or hesitate every time you send your children out to play, this workshop is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of the contact your children have with nature. Participants receive the book "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" as a part of the cost of the workshop. Come explore and expand out into nature! $20 for book and materials.

Session Start Time:   09:00 AM

Session End Time:   01:00 PM
County:  Marion
Please reserve your spot by May 30th!
Limited spaces available!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Save the date!

The Administrator’s Advantage

Director’s Forum 2014
The Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the local child care resource and referral agencies are proud to present a day planned especially for child care directors.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fort Harrison State Park | Indianapolis | Indiana

 Cost:  $40

Registration form and conference program will be available March 25, 2014

on our website.

For conference information, please contact:

Sally Lacey, IACCRR

317-925-5202 or

Toll-free: 1-800-299-1627

Monday, March 10, 2014

Feeling stressed?

Another mentor (thanks Amy!) forwarded me the following story over a year ago and I've held on to it knowing I just might need to reflect on it from time to time:

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. We have had one heck of a winter and the blahs can really take a toll on some of us.  Here at Child Care Answers we have seen an increase in calls requesting technical assistance for challenging behaviors...this can be very stressful for early childhood educators.  It's tax time, another contributor to our stress!  I saw there's more snow coming Wednesday...stress!  It's only Monday...stress!  The list goes on and on and on... 

Television actress and author Marilu Henner said, "Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life."

American philosopher and psychologist William James wants us to change our thinking when we begin to feel stress, "The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."

As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.  Ask yourself if you are being realistic and consider alternative responses to the stress you are feeling.  Don't carry your burdens through the evening and into the night. Remember to put your glass down!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children

The eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care invites you to participate in the first presentation of our Child Care Webinar Series:

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Children

Wednesday, March 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Young children are curious, excited, interested in exploring and eager to try new things. Discover ways to encourage that sense of inquiring through hands-on science activities that are simple, inexpensive, safe, and very appropriate for afterschool and 4-H club programs.  Learn how to help young children develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication life skills.

For the training you will need to have the following materials in front of you:

  • Small glass of soda pop or carbonated water (2-3 ounces)
  • Small glass of tap water (2-3 ounces)
  • Handful of kernels of unpopped popcorn (10-15 kernels)

In this session, you will learn:

  • Ways to encourage children's hands-on exploration
  • Simple science activities that are appropriate for preschool and school-age programs
  • Ways to help children develop problem solving and thinking skills through hands-on science

Our presenters are

Kendra Moyses
, an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, has provided leadership on a variety of programs that center around families, children and youth. She currently works in the Preparing Michigan’s Children and Youth Institute and focuses on early childhood and life skill development.

Theresa Silm, an Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension, has worked with children, youth and families in both 4-H and early childhood teaching life skill development, science, and programs that focus on academic success.

Carrie Shrier, an Extension Educator in the Children and Youth Institute, has worked with MSU Extension for seven years. She is currently providing programming in the area of Early Childhood Education. She has experience working with young children in many areas, as a former preschool teacher and center director and also as the mother of four young children.

This 60-minute web conference will be presented for child care providers who work with preschool or school-age children, as well as 4-H club leaders who work with elementary children.

How to Attend the Web Conference:

  • No registration is required to attend this event. Simply log on to  as a "guest" a few minutes before 2 p.m.
  • A certificate of attendance will be emailed to interested participants who attend the entire event live. Instructions for receiving certificates will be given at the end of the live session.
  • To learn more about our presenter, download related resources, or sign up to receive alerts for this event, visit the event page:
  • A recording of the web conference and additional resources will also be available on this page approximately two days after the session. 
  • To learn more about the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care, please visit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning!

Join the Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning!

March 17-18, 2014

JW Marriott

10 S. West St, Indianapolis

Hosted by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network.
The Summit brings together more than 750 youth workers, school-age professionals, educators, partners, and leaders to connect, learn, and share best practices on afterschool and summer learning.

The year's theme, I AM Indiana Afterschool features the latest in innovative learning, exciting keynote speakers, networking events, exhibitors, and more than 50 hands-on, engaging workshops.  Session hours count toward licensing and Paths to Quality training requirements.  The conference is designed for direct-service staff, leaders and administrators, and system-level community partners.


Click HERE
Participant cost for the two day Summit includes all breakfasts and snacks on both days, PLUS lunch on day one-- $60 for all attendees.


Click HERE

to see the daily schedule. On February 25th, the full conference booklet will be posted on our website.

We are currently in search of volunteers to fill various positions during the summit.  Click HERE to provide us with your information and select the positions you are interested in.

For More Information on the Conference contact:

 Sara Beanblossom at:

 Indiana Afterschool Network

445 North Pennsylvania, suite 945

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

(317) 822-8211


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Scholarships Available for Indiana AEYC Memberships

Membership Scholarship

Membership in the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (Indiana AEYC) includes:

NAEYC – National Level
  • Publications (comprehensive members only), Young Children or Teaching Young Children journals, insurance options, resource catalog, advocacy efforts, professional development resources and opportunities, and internet resources
Indiana AEYC – State Level
  • State E-Newsletter, State Conference discounts, Public Policy Agenda and Alerts, Program Recognition, Accreditation, Scholarships, Early Childhood Awards, Month of the Young Child information, networking, leadership, and volunteer opportunities
Indiana AEYC Local Chapter – Local Level
  • Newsletters, Awards and Grants, Local Chapter Conference Discounts, Professional Development Opportunities, Resources and Networking

Scholarship Requirements
  1. Complete the application (located at and submit it to the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children or the local INDIANA AEYC chapter in your area.
  2. Scholarships are awarded based on interest/commitment to joining INDIANA AEYC and a local chapter, demographic information, and membership status.
Please call IAEYC at 1-800-657-7577 if you have any questions.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Council CEO Joins Early Childhood Webinar Series

The Council for Professional Recognition Chief Executive Officer Valora Washington, Ph.D. is among the latest early childhood experts to participate in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Thought Leaders in Early Childhood webinar series on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Participants can click on the following link to register for her presentation, "Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges: Leadership Lessons for All of Us," which will examine early childhood leadership and advocacy. Sponsored by Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, the NAEYC webinar series explores a wide range of topics, trends and best practices in the field. Participants of the live webinar series will receive a certificate of participation from NAEYC within two weeks of the conclusion of the event. On Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Eastern, Dr. Eugene Garcia, professor emeritus at Arizona State University and the former dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley will discuss "Meeting the Needs of Hispanic Children."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sensory Activity/ Actividad Sensorial

The idea of these is to support the development of pre-writing skills and strengthen fine-motor skills./La idea de estos es para apoyar el desarrollo de las habilidades de pre-escritura y fortalecer las habilidades de motricidad fina.

Materials/ Materiales

Ziploc bags/ bolsas Ziploc

Tape/ Cinta

Hair gel/ gel para el cabello

Food coloring/ colorante de alimento

Laminated numbers or letters/ Números o letras laminadas

Procedure/ Proceso

Help the children add the hair gel and food coloring in to the baggie. Next choose the laminated picture you would like to add to your bag. The final step, seal your bag, add a heavy tape over the seal to help insure there is not any leaking./ Ayude a los niños añaden el gel para el cabello y el colorante en la bolsita. A continuación, seleccione la imagen laminada que le gustaría añadir a su bolsa. El último paso, sellar la bolsa, agregue una cinta pesada sobre el sello para ayudar a asegurar que no hay ninguna fuga.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bacteria causing infections persist on toys, surfaces

reported from: The United Press International Two bacteria that cause colds, ear infections, strep throat and more serious infections persist longer on dishes or toys than thought, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Anders Hakansson at the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and colleagues found Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes persist on surfaces for far longer than appreciated. The findings suggest additional precautions might be necessary to prevent infections, especially in settings such as schools, day care centers and hospitals. Read: MORE

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Severe Weather Alert

It's day 3 of our weather alert!!! Child Care Answers office is open today- Wednesday 1/8/13! We hope you are staying safe and warm. It is still cold outside, that doesn't stop you from bringing some snow inside to explore! Have fun! All Mentoring visits and classes are canceled for today. Be safe!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Severe Weather Closure

Due to the extreme temperatures the Child Care Answers offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. We will be rescheduling CDA classes, trainings, and mentoring visits. Thank you for understanding.