Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Tell your legislator to keep KY families working
Congratulations! You’re making a difference! Over 1000 messages, hundreds of phone calls and hundreds of names on petitions have all been sent to the Governor regarding the impending $86 million cut to child care.
Now that we have Frankfort’s attention, we need to move our message throughout the General Assembly and demand immediate action. If keeping citizens working is a priority of our elected officials, then the General Assembly and Governor Beshear must find the resources to protect that priority!
Kentucky’s extremely fragile childcare system, like all small business, depends on a precarious balance of profit and loss, economic conditions, and a competitive marketplace. These 2,400 small businesses employ 12,500 people who earn an average wage of a little over $19,000. It also enables the parents of 65 percent of our children under the age of five to go to work every day. Not just low-income parents, all parents.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services warns that these cuts will result in more parents out of work because they cannot afford child care. According to the Cabinet, the cuts could mean as many as 28,000 fewer children will be served each month.
On Thursday, February 7 thousands of advocates will descend on the Capitol to meet with legislators and show their support for Kentucky’s children and families. On that day our message will be clear: Child care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for all working families.
If you are interested in attending there is still time to register. If you are unable to attend please let your voice be heard by taking action and sending this message to your legislators.
The news of massive budget cuts this week makes us all ask if kids count in Kentucky. That is a haunting question given the deep cuts to children’s supports on Tuesday, January 29. Next Thursday, February 7, is Children’s Advocacy Day (CAD) at the Capitol. It is THE day to make your voice heard for kids. Whatever your passion – fending off those Cabinet cuts; child fatalities due to abuse and neglect; human trafficking of young people – CAD is the place and the time to make a difference.
Children’s Advocacy Day Schedule
- 9:00-9:30am: Check-in and Register on the second floor mezzanine in the Capitol
- 9:30-10:15am: Kick-off rally in the Capitol Rotunda with youth speakers and performers
- 10:15-12:00pm: Meet with your legislators, and view artowrk in the tunnel
- 12:00-2:00pm: Mini-seminars on the 2013 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children in Annex Room 125. View the schedule of topics and speakers here.
- 2:00pm: View the House or Senate in session
Whether you plan to stay for the day or just come for an hour, your presence and your voice will make a difference.
See you at the Capitol!
Can’t beat that. The National Center for Family Literacy, the wonderful locally based organization that brings you Wonderopolis, is now bringing a Free on-line summer camp to you and your kids. If you haven’t signed up for Wonderopolis you are missing out on one of the most entertaining and educational experiences available. Oh, did I mention it is Free? Go to Camp What-A-Wonder for the details.
Susan A. Vessels
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Are you in compliance? Kentucky Licensed and Certified Child Care providers are now required to obtain a minimum of 1.5 clock hours of training every 5 years in the area of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma as required by HB285 and KRS 199.896.
We have just added 7 sessions to our training calendar.
How has 4-C helped you!
Multiple ways to enter:
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Winner will be chosen at random from all entries. Winner will be notified on or before June 6, 2012. Item must be picked up prior to June 15, 2012.
It’s here and Child Care Providers are Going to Love It!
Ever since we heard about the Shared Service concept we’ve been working on making it a reality for child care providers in Kentucky.
So what is it?
It is a user friendly website that has all of the things you need to make your job easier and your program better.
Want to lower your food bills? It does that.
Want a video that shows staff how important hand washing is and how to do it? It does that.
Need some help writing or updating your parent handbook? It’s here.
Kentucky regulations? How to talk to a parent about lice? What questions to ask in an interview of a new staff? Check. Check. And Check.
Sample personnel policies, Program Marketing, Budgeting, Developmental Check Lists…….. It’s all here and ready to go.
At a recent training with teachers involved in the PNC Grow Up Great with Science grant, we explored the properties of liquids and some unconventional ways to experiment with color mixing. Karo syrup provides a unique experience, because the colors don’t mix immediately but instead slide over one another creating a variety of shades and patterns and sometimes allowing the primary colors to re-emerge. If you are looking for an activity that is mesmerizing, try this one out. Just look how transfixed these teachers are!
Materials: Karo Syrup, Food Coloring, Large Waxed Paper Plate