by Candice Wise, former Early Childhood Development Specialist and current Day Early Learning Quality Coach I have a few children in my group who want to play superheroes all the time.  Just about every day, Elijah constructs an L-shaped Lego and points it in the air. Other children shout “Shoot, Elijah! Shoot!”.  It seems that
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by Emily Barrow,  CACFP Child Nutrition Professional March 12th-18th is National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) week. To celebrate, here’s a peek into the work that we do every day at Child Care Answers, sponsoring providers throughout Central Indiana. Proper nutrition during the early stages of childhood ensures appropriate development and reduces physical
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by Shannon Ford, MA, ECE  Professional Development Coordinator If there’s something I knew about raising a boy solo, it was that I would need a mantra to guide me. Funny how things happen. My Jacob came into this world screaming and crying while the Beatles hit song, Here Comes the Sun was playing in the background.
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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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