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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)

Nothing to put your eye out here.

Posted: December 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Unlike the Red Ryder BB gun in the classic A Christmas Story, the toys suggested by the folks at Not Just Cute will safely delight your child while teaching school readiness skills. But, shhh, don’t tell them they’re learning math,  reading and writing skills.  Just watch and enjoy.

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director




Back to School Safety Tips

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminder for your kids:

  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

“We’ve got a lot of good child care programs in this community. Parents don’t have to use the rotten ones that get all the attention on the nightly news.”

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

That’s the sound bite I always say during media interviews but it never seems to make it on to the airwaves. Recently 4-C has been talking with media about some of the “bad actors” in our local child care community. We all know they are out there. They are the ones who seem to have no interest in what’s best for kids or families. They are the ones who bring down the public opinion of child care. And yet, somehow, they continue to operate, either openly or under ground. Maybe it’s time those of us in the child care world take action to highlight the bad apples that are holding the child care system hostage. I am convinced we will never be able to make substantial progress to raising the quality across our system until we quit protecting those who are in the business for all the wrong reasons.

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! 

 


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!



Holiday Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The holidays are an exciting time of year for children, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Read more.


Great Trade In Event

Posted: September 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , | No Comments »

The “Great Trade-In” Event at Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us Stores Nationwide
 
From Friday, August 26 through Sunday, September 18, Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us stores nationwide are holding the “Great Trade-In” event, urging customers to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs, walkers, swings, bouncers, entertainers or kids’ beds in exchange for a 25% SAVINGS on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.
 
The “Great Trade-In” event is a national safety program designed to draw attention to the fact that certain used baby products, like cribs and car seats, can carry potential hazards, but are still in circulation and are not the best candidates to be handed down or resold. Beyond recalls, certain older and used baby items can be potentially unsafe for a variety of reasons, including damage or lack of compliance with recent advances in product safety standards, including new crib standards that took effect on June 28, 2011, which prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side cribs and require significant improvements in quality standards and testing.
 
Since introducing the “Great Trade-In” event in September 2009, nearly half a million potentially unsafe cribs, car seats and other baby products – most of which were in extremely poor condition – have been turned in at “R” Us stores across the country.
 
Customers can visit their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store to trade-in used cribs or baby products. Day care centers or other organizations that wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.
 
For more information on the “Great Trade-In” event, including a list of participating manufacturers, please click here. For additional information on Toys“R”Us, Inc. safety initiatives, tips to keep kids safe and to sign up to receive e-mail notifications about product recalls visit www.Toysrus.com/Safety .



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