by Cheryl Tyler, Child Care Answers Outreach Coordinator At Child Care Answers, we wear many hats. Our coaches and training specialists provide top-notch support to help Central Indiana child care providers improve the quality of their programs. As Child Care Answers’ Outreach Coordinator, I lead a team that connects directly with the community – educating and consulting
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by Lauren George, Infant/Toddler Specialist & Certified Lactation Counselor Going back to work or school can be challenging for nursing mothers. Mothers are not sure how many ounces of milk to send in each day, getting baby to take a bottle can be difficult, and finding a provider that understands breastfeeding can be a challenge. Here are some
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by Rachel Lee George, Paths To QUALITY™ Coach with Infant and Toddler Emphasis Let’s face it –  the struggle is real. We as adults in general are scared when it comes to thinking of science/math activities to do with toddlers. The word “science” is scary. We aren’t scientists. And, math…well, I can only speak for myself, but,
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by Emily Barrow, CACFP Child Nutrition Professional As a parent, you have the ability to greatly impact your child’s eating habits by modeling healthy eating and encouraging her to try new foods. Children develop their eating habits and preferences from infancy, and they remain with them through adulthood. Studies have shown that children exposed to
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by Dawn Johnson, Early Childhood Center Enhancement Specialist and former Paths to QUALITY Coach with Infant/Toddler Emphasis A lifelong love of learning starts from the earliest moments. Babies love sharing time with their parents or primary caregivers (at home and school) and some babies love to spend time with other babies. Providing a safe, nurturing
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by Joy McCall, Paths to QUALITY Coach Changing child care providers can be challenging for many families. Knowing when it is time to find a new provider may be an even bigger challenge. Change is hard for everyone involved in this process. Children need stability and a warm nurturing environment where they can grow. So, what
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by Shannon Ford, Professional Development Coordinator The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated and revised its position statement on media and technology usage by children. Up until recently, their recommendation to parents was no screen time for children under the age of two. Taking into consideration new research and new habits, the AAP is
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by Vicki Lehman, Professional Development Specialist The holiday season is often a very exciting time of the year. This goes for both children AND adults! For children, they are experiencing all of their family’s traditions. For parents and caregivers, they also have the opportunity to share traditions with their children. As an early childhood professional,
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by Emily Barrow, CACFP Child Nutrition Professional I know your schedule is jam-packed with work, child care drop-offs, sports, lessons, and play dates. But what about meals as a family? It’s easy to rush through them, but meal times are an important part of child development. Meal times are more than just feeding your child; they
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by Vicki Lehman, Professional Development Specialist Vicki is our newest staff member and has experience as a preschool teacher. She has some great tips to share for keeping your young children busy on long car rides as the holiday season approaches. Young children can be very impatient sometimes. Keeping them in a happy and content
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