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Health and Wellness Recognition Programs

Recognition programs identify and acknowledge programs, communities, or organizations that encourage exemplary activities that often go above and beyond policies and regulations. State child care agencies, public health agencies, and/or child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) can create child-care specific recognition programs to highlight providers that meet specific best practice criteria. Healthy and active […]

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NCSL Legislative Summit

July 30-August 2 Los Angeles, California Join National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for unparalleled learning, networking, and inspiration at the 2018 Legislative Summit in Los Angeles. Connect with legislative peers and policy innovators and explore the constantly changing work of state legislatures. From skills training to discussions on policy, you’ll take home ideas you […]

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SNEB 2018 Annual Conference

The theme for the 2018 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) 51st Annual Conference is Optimizing Impact: Supporting Food Systems with Nutrition Education. An estimated 25 CEUs will be available from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Commission on Dietetic Registration, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., and the School Nutrition […]

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2018 QRIS National Meeting

July 16-18, 2018 San Diego, California Join the 2018 QRIS National Meeting from July 16-18 in San Diego, California. Meet peers from across the country, share what you are doing, hear the latest research, and learn about effective practices, innovations and big ideas in the development, implementation and revision of quality rating and improvement systems […]

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2018 National Family Child Care Conference

June 28-July 1, 2018 Chicago, Illinois The National Family Child Care Conference is a special event for family child care providers across the United States to meet, network, and grow together. The conference provides an environment on unity in which many providers and advocates have met and became life-long friends. Providers leave the conference re-energized […]

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Ending the Stigma of Public Breastfeeding

Why is breastfeeding in public such a big deal? Some people view nursing in public as inappropriate and distasteful. Nevertheless, most of these same people would agree that breastfeeding is beneficial to an infant. In fact, the positive outcomes of nursing have been scientifically proven. According to the National Institutes of Health, breastfeeding is linked […]

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Continuing to Celebrate CACFP

May is a month for celebration. First and foremost – each year it’s the time we celebrate the hard work and dedication child care providers put into growing the next generation. This year, the community has an additional reason to celebrate as May marks the 50th birthday of the Child and Adult Care Food Program […]

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Culturally Responsive Health Practices

Parents bring a wealth of strengths that stem from their cultures—beliefs, values, and behaviors—which shape their way of life. Parents’ cultural practices influence how they take care of their children. Sometimes parents must adapt to different ways of doing things when it comes to their children’s health. To support families effectively, child care staff must […]

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Healthier Food and Beverage Calculator

Thanks to support from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and through their commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a healthier product calculator is now available which allows retailers, manufacturers and distributors to easily identify packaged foods and beverages that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria. Criteria are based […]

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The Role of Community Colleges in Early Educator Preparation

Anisha Ford examines a report that highlights the important role community colleges play in the preparation of future early educators. Determining how to best prepare early educators for their complex jobs remains a challenge. Education and training requirements for early educators differ across states and programs. But something early educator preparation programs have in common […]

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