Tuesday, March 3, 2015

National CACFP Week

March 15-21, 2015 is National Child and Adult Care Food Program week. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a program through the USDA to offer reimbursement to child care providers for serving nutritious meals to children. Each day 3.3 million children across the United States are served meals that are part of the CACFP program.

National CACFP week is an excellent time to learn more about the program and sign on or promote the great work you, as a provider are already offering through the program. You may consider planning to try a new recipe that week to talk about the different components of the program, offer some nutrition lesson plans to the children, cook with the kids, or take the opportunity to share with your parents what the program offers to you and what it allows you to offer to the children.

If you are not already on the program and you are a license child care provider or have met the CCDF standards you might take the opportunity to look into signing onto the program. Child Care Answers sponsors providers in the Central Indiana region. If you are interested you can email Emily at emilyb@childcareanswers.com.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time to renew your CDA?

It is a New Year!
Do you need to renew your CDA?
What are your plans for renewing your CDA?
Your in luck!!
Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana campus is offering a renewal class.

Classes start March 21st and meet for 8 Saturday's from 8:00 - 12:00.
For more information please contact Diane Smith at 317-917-5986.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Whole Child Series

Register now by calling 317-636-5727 or email Joslyn at jsullivan@childcareanswers.com for this FREE training series!
Space is limited!!!

Part A–Child Development– Day 1 July 12 8am-2pm
CDA Content Area:  CDA08-Principles of child development-6 hours

Do you wonder sometimes why children do what they do?  Did you know that there have been hundreds of years of  research about young children and how they learn and grow? Do you want to know more about how that impacts your work? Come and learn the basic characteristics of early childhood and child development, including brain development and temperament.  Explore the history and the theorists that have had a great impact on the early childhood field.  You will leave with a list of developmental domains and milestones and an understanding of how culture influences learning. Understanding how young children develop and why they do what they do will help you know how to take better care of them and give you a guide to use in your daily work.

Part B–Observing and Assessing Children– Day 2 Aug 13 6:30pm-8:30pm

CDA Content Area:  CDA07-Observing and recording children’s behavior-2 hour; CDA04-Strategies to establish productive relationships with families-1 hour; CDA01-Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment-1 hours
Assessment fits into every good program and helps providers gain valuable knowledge about a child’s individual development and learning. Join us for Part B of the “Getting to Know Young Children Series” as we look at the process of observing children and implementing meaningful child assessment.  Please note: you must attend Part A before being able to attend Part B or Part C.  Learn the purpose of assessment, what areas of development should be assessed,  appropriate times to assess, and how we gather, compile, and share the information.  In addition to these 2 hours of training, participants will receive 2 hours of on-site technical assistance from an expert that will count as training. This training and technical assistance package is designed to help participants as they learn and implement the process of child assessment.

Part C–The Components of Curriculum–6 hrs. Day 3 Aug 23 8am-2pm
CDA Content Area:  CDA02-Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development-3 hours; CDA03-Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional-3hours

Join us for Part C of the “Getting to Know Young Children Series” as we look at the components of curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice.  Please note: you must attend Part A before being eligible to attend Part B or Part C.  These 6 hours of training include the following topics:  how young children learn, how to encourage learning and   development through planning an appropriate curriculum, exploring different curricula, and working with families. Participants will improve their teaching skills and learn how to make their environment a caring community of learners through the use of a planned curriculum. 

Please commit to attend all three sessions and have on-site technical assistance.  Training will be held in Bartholomew County!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Save the date!!

Child Care Answers partners with the Marion County Library to being to you

30 Million Words:  Exploring the Language Gap in Children
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
Tuesday, September 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Join Luis Hernandez, a faculty member at Western Kentucky University and a regular speaker at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership, and United Way’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood, as he explores the impact that language development has on the educational achievement of children.  Hear recommendations on how to create a learning environment that fosters literacy/language development and supports families in poverty and learners of English.
Music Play with a Purpose
Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
Thursday, October 16 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Musician and author, Jim Gill explains the purpose behind his play. Active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as self-regulation, essential to school success. Jim’s clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development.
Educators, child care providers and librarians leave each session with a repertoire of music play activities that can be put to immediate —and purposeful— use in their program. Best of all, they leave the session understanding that play is a teaching tool that inspires, in children, agility in thought and a love of learning
There is no cost for either session. Please contact Child Care Answers for registration 317-636-5727 or jsullivan@childcareanswers.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Developing Self-Regulation In Infants and Toddlers

Save the date!

Training Name:  
Developing Self-Regulation In Infants and Toddlers
Self-Regulation! Discuss and become familiar with the different types: Emotional, Cognitive and Behavioral Self-Regulation. Discover what it means, how it affects behavior and development in the infants and toddlers in your care.
Date:        June 5th
Time:       615pm-830pm 
County:    Marion
Email laureng@childcareanswers for more information or to register call 317-636-5727. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fun Night Out for Teachers/Staff

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is introducing a new program for teachers called Educate and Create.  Teachers are invited to come to the museum for an evening of learning, creativity, and cocktails.  The group will be given a private tour of an exhibit, followed by cocktails, and time to work on a creative project reflecting the content of the exhibit.

Our first program will be focusing on the Terra Cotta Warriors.  For $35, teachers will get a guided tour of the exhibit by our resident archaeologist, (guided tours are not offered to the general public), two complimentary cocktails, and materials to create a miniature Terra Cotta Warrior sculpture with guidance from a museum staff member.  The first Educate and Create will take place on May 29.  You can register at childrensmuseum.org.