New Rule Will Help Get Lead Out of Child Care Water

October 7, 2019

More than 230,000 babies and young children attend licensed child care centers in North Carolina. New rules adopted by the NC Commission for Public Health will ensure that all of those children are drinking water that is free from hazardous lead contamination.

This is a big win for young children in our state. One of the simplest things we can do to promote children’s healthy brain development is to make sure their drinking water is free from lead. Kudos to the NC Division of Public Health for their leadership on this important issue.

Read more at NC Child and NC Health News.

Fall 2019 E-News – Going Viral

October 2, 2019

Going Viral” the Fall issue of the E-News includes:

  1. News from the NC Resource Center
  2. When to Exclude?
  3. Rash Decisions
  4. Child Care Providers and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
  5. Sniffles and Sneezes… Ahh Choo!
  6. Calendar
  7. References

Check it out!

Safe Use of Infant Sitting Devices

September 8, 2019

Information from the Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania ECELS Program

A recent study in Pediatrics, “Infant Deaths in Sitting Devices,” reviewed the safety of infant sitting devices. The study found over 300 sleep-related infant deaths from 2004-2014 happened in car seats, strollers, bouncers, swings, and other infant seats. Most sleep-related infant deaths in sitting devices occurred in car seats. Incorrect use of car seats led to most infant deaths in this type of device. Sleep-related infant deaths in sitting devices were more likely to happen when an infant was supervised by a caregiver or child care provider.

Car seats are safe and effective for infant travel.  Always remove an infant from a car seat after traveling. It is OK if an infant falls asleep in a car seat while traveling.  Transfer sleeping infants from a car seat to a safe sleep environment, such as a crib. If an infant is in a sitting device and falls asleep, move the child to a crib.  

Avoid using sitting devices as a substitute for a crib, bassinet, or portable crib/play yard. Sleeping in a seated position can restrict breathing and may lower blood oxygen levels in infants. Injuries and death have occurred when sitting devices fall from a surface or when straps entrap body parts.

Follow national best practice standards to prevent sleep related deaths in group care settings. Review recommendations in Caring for Our Children Standards 2.2.0.2: Limiting Infant/Toddler Time in Crib, High Chair, Car Seat, Etc, and 3.1.4.1: Safe Sleep Practices and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/SIDS Risk Reduction. Check your early care and education (ECE) program’s policies and procedures to make sure infant sitting devices are used safely.

Key Messages for ECE Program Staff and Families:

  1. Use sitting devices for their specific purpose, for example, transporting, feeding or playing.  Avoid having infants sleep in car seats, strollers, bouncers, swings and other infant seats.
  2. If an infant arrives at the ECE program sleeping in a car seat, move the child to a crib.
  3.  Always put infants alone on their back for every nap or sleep time in an individual, safe crib.
  4. Limit sitting in a high chair or other equipment that restricts movement indoors or outdoors to no more than 15 minutes. This time can be longer for feeding or while traveling in a vehicle. Infants need to be free to develop physical skills, explore the environment and interact with peers and adults.

Share this information with families too!

2019 NC CCHC Association Annual Conference ~ Registration is Open!

August 6, 2019

The North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) Association 2019 Annual Conference registration is open! The theme this year is “Planting the Seeds of Healthy Child Care.”

Conference details:

  • Where: Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill, NC
  • When: Monday, October 14 (half-day) and Tuesday October 15 (full day)
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Betty Rintoul, Ph.D. “Adult Resilience: Building Your Bounce!”
  • What: Agency updates, Breakout sessions, Annual CCHC Association meeting, and more…..

Click on the conference brochure for additional information. Hope to see you there!

 

NC Farm to Preschool News ~June

June 4, 2019

Check out the June News from the NC Farm to Preschool Network (NCF2PSN). The purpose of the Network is to connect, educate, develop, and share resources between community and state partners, farmers, early childhood educators, and families to spark the local foods movement in early childhood education environments. June news includes:

  • Farm to Preschool in Action
  • Details about Go NAPSACC’s latest module, Farm to ECE. Learn ways to support ECE programs in serving local foods, gardening, and teaching young children where food comes from!
  • Info about growing squash…..Let them grow, and grow, and grow!
  • Menus and recipes
  • Featured resources, conferences and events, and more!

UNC’s NAPSACC Program Receives National Recognition as “Best Evidence for Impact” on Childhood Obesity

June 3, 2019

A recent brief by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, states that NAPSACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care) has the “best evidence for impact” on obesity prevention in young children.

Developed by the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NAPSACC is an evidence-based program with a proven track record of reducing childhood obesity risk. It guides child care providers through a five-step process to help them create environments that foster healthy eating and physical activity.

Read more!

May 2019 News from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard

May 22, 2019

Check out May’s updates on the latest content, events, and more from the Center on the Developing Child! Included are:

  • A new, practical, how-to video that shows adults and children serving and returning. Serve and return interactions are fun, easy, and an excellent way to build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for future learning and development.
  • Based on the Center’s previously released full report, a new InBrief: Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems explores how insights can be used from cutting-edge science to improve the well-being and long-term life prospects of the most vulnerable children in society. Read more about how the following three principles can be used to apply the science to child welfare program and policy change and design, to improve practices and better serve children and adults.
    • Reduce sources of stress
    • Support responsive relationships
    • Strengthen core life skills

Learn more, read the Center’s May News!

NC Farm to Preschool News ~May

May 3, 2019

Check out the May News from the NC Farm to Preschool Network (NCF2PSN). The purpose of the Network is to connect, educate, develop, and share resources between community and state partners, farmers, early childhood educators, and families to spark the local foods movement in early childhood education environments. May news includes:

  • Farm to preschool in action at local early care and education programs
  • Info about growing sunflowers…..Let them Grow, Super Tall and Sunny!
  • Menus and recipes
  • Featured resources and more!