Happy Child Care Provider Appreciation Day!

Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

4-C and friends made you a digital quilt to show our love and appreciation. May this quilt of thank you notes and testimonials provide as much warmth and comfort as you give our children each and every day.

Click here to read the full length testimonials or add one of your own.

4-Cs-Digital-Quilt

 


Weighted Items Help Children Calm Down

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Parent Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Children sometimes need help calming down for many reasons.

 Sometimes the body is not able to calm down on its own.  For example:

  • a child can’t sit still in school
  •  the tags/rough fabric of their uniform is rubbing against their skin

Here are other reasons why a child could be acting out.

  • The Child has ADHD/ADD characteristics
  • The Child has sensory issues: over-stimulated/under-stimulated by their environment
  • The Child is affected by a recent move, going back to school or other family challenges

What can you do to help?

Often the simple act of adding weight/pressure might help the child calm down. The extra weight provides deep-pressure touch and calming input to the nervous system.

 

weighted item

Resources to make or buy weighted items.

http://www.beyondplay.com/ 

http://southpawenterprises.com/


Instructions to make a Weighted Lap Snake

 This is an easy way to try the concept and to see how the child responds.

Make one or more snakes and introduce them when the child is calm and happy. Place a snake in the child’s lap or drape it over his shoulders. Observe whether the child is less restless. Some parents/ teachers use the weighted snakes when they cannot stay right beside the child.

Instructions for sewing the Lap Snake:

  1. Use a long tube socks, one for each “snake.” You can also use thick tights or stockings and cut them off about 18” from the toe. Serge or whipstitch the cut edges.
  2. Fill each sock with four cups of rice or other similar pellets like pinto beans or split peas.
  3. Close the end of the tube sock by hand or machine, sewing the opening with small, sturdy stitches or use a rubber band.
  4. If desired, draw a simple face on the sewn side of the sock, making the seam the “mouth.”

  

 Gina Deveary

 4-C Early interventionist/Instructor

 


The Top 5 Reasons Cutting Child Care in KY is Such a Bad Idea

Posted: February 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

5. It’s hard to improve quality if child care programs can’t afford to stay open. 

4. Thousands of child care staff will lose their jobs. 
 
3. Good child care is all about school readiness. 
 
2. 62% of parents with children under 5 are in the work force and need child care 
 
1. KY kids deserve better
 
 
Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)

Child Care Cuts – Take Action Now!

Posted: February 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Tell your legislator to keep KY families working

Take Action!






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.


Where will you be next Thursday?

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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.

Register to attend CAD now!

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!


Celebrate #GivingTuesday by donating to 4-C.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


Free on-line summer camp.

Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)


Mandatory Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Training for Child Care Providers

Posted: June 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

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.

Register Now for one of our upcoming training sessions! 

 


Enter for a Chance to Win a Wooden Toy Box!

Posted: May 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Share a short story or comment …

How has 4-C helped you!

Multiple ways to enter:

Post a comment on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/4CVOICE

Email [email protected]

Click here and post a comment

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.


WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF THE KENTUCKY ALLIANCE FOR SHARED SERVICES

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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.

How do you access this jewel? Easy.  Click Here to purchase your annual subscription now!




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