Meet the owner of Wearever Mobile Boutique, one of the merchants you’ll find at Wine, Women & Purses, October 1.
It’s 5:00 p.m. and my 2-year-old is walking out of daycare holding the cucumber she picked herself from my provider’s garden. Me: Wow, did you pick that? Her: Yeah! It’s a big one, not a little one! The ‘potatoes’ (tomatoes) are not red yet. How wonderful that I’ve found a child care provider who gardens…
As the new school year approaches and we consider the flu, sore throats, lice… there is an ongoing topic that is extremely important to our children’s well-being, living a healthy life. Changing the pattern of the American child’s lifestyle has become a pressing and daunting task. The percentage of children in the US who were obese increased from “7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012,” (CDC, Apr 24, 2015). If we are going begin to reverse this detrimental trend, we’re going to have to look at how and when it begins.
Incorporating a pet into your program can easily create or recreate the experiences of nature indoors, and reflect your own program philosophies and individuality. Center, Preschool, and Family providers can make choices based on facility type and size, location, allowance by governing boards and, most importantly, personal preference and individual passions.
What does the July 30, 2015 IDHS payment notice mean to CCAP clients and providers? CCAP Child Care Centers and networks as well as in-home providers payment and processing information.
The basic human rights and even the economic evidence of empowering girls seem obvious; but the challenges and discrimination are often distant from an American perspective – or less obvious in our own culture. “I Am A Girl” follows the stories of six girls from cities around the globe, chronicling their experiences and challenges as they come of age in within a variety of cultures.
As the Child Care Solutions Literacy Specialist, I’ve been able to help parents and child care providers use this “monkey see, monkey do” phenomenon to their advantage—as a way to introduce and encourage a love of reading into their homes and centers.
As early childhood educators, we are expected, and for some topics mandated, to participate in trainings about diversity, culture, and inclusion. While these trainings are extremely important and help providers to understand and be inclusive of the religious, racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic status of the children and families we serve, they often are missing one piece: teaching these concepts to children.
Growing Up WILD! is an early childhood education program from the Council for Environmental Education builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Incorporating the wonder inspired by butterflies engages a child’s curiosity, easily connecting them to lessons of both the insect’s life cycle as well as the environment.
Not for the first time, I asked this question March 2: Why are these women – powerful, experienced, wise – virtually invisible in Rockford and Winnebago County political and organizational leadership?
The YWCA Leader Luncheon brings over 600 guests, almost 500 women, together in a single room for a single day and proves annually – at least for me – that there’s a disconnect between the power and expertise in that room and the “way things are done” in the Rock River Valley.
And, not for the first time, I will ruffle feathers again by pointing out that disconnect. Over my 20 years as executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, my columns asking why women and other minorities were shut out of the mainstream decision-making irritated, to put it mildly, the entrenched power structure.