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"We say our children are priceless, yet we 'nickel and dime them' them when it comes to providing safe, affordable childcare"-- Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT)

Did you know? 5 to 7 million children are left unsupervised after school each week.
During 2000 there were over 1050 products recalled in the United States for safety reasons!
Scrawled by a child’s hand on orange construction paper, the words read: “Dear Katrina survivors, I hope you find a home. I know I would be veary sad if I loost my house and toys. We are thinking about you.”...more

Bredesen ready to use lottery money for his preschool plan

Date: Jan 14, 2005
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
By: Matt Gouras, Associated Press

Gov. Phil Bredesen said he plans to funnel some lottery money into his preschool education initiative when he unveils his budget to lawmakers in the coming weeks.

Bredesen has made a statewide prekindergarten program one of his top priorities for the year, and there had been speculation that lottery money would eventually pay for a program with a final price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars...more

The National Pre-kindergarten Study: National study finds many pre-K teachers underpaid; others lacking required credentials.

Current topic: Prepared for Kindergarten: What Does "Readiness" Mean?

Day Care Centers Breeding Ground for Allergens (2005)

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research shows day care centers in the South are a significant source of indoor allergens.

Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences studied 89 day care centers in two counties in North Carolina and found significant allergen levels in all of them. That’s a cause for concern given the number of hours children spend in child care. According to the United States Census Bureau, 63 percent of children under 5 years old spend nearly 40 hours a week in day care.

Researchers uncovered detectable levels of seven common allergens from fungus, cats, cockroaches, dogs, dust mites, and mice in each facility tested. Concentrations were the highest for allergens from cats, dogs, and the fungus known as Alternaria.

David A. Schwartz, M.D., director of the NIEHS, says, “Because children spend a significant portion of time in day care settings, it is important that parents understand the risks of allergen exposure and know where these allergens can be found.” Previous studies have shown being exposed to these indoor allergens increases the risk of asthma and other allergic diseases in kids.

One interesting finding, say researchers, is that dog and cat allergens were found in every one of the facilities, but no dog or cat was living in most of them. They say it’s likely that pet allergens are brought in on kids’ clothes.

Researchers also point out that carpet harbors more allergens. They found significant differences between areas that were carpeted as compared to those that were not. Concentrations for five of the allergens were lower on non-carpeted surfaces.

The levels of allergens in the day care centers were similar to levels of allergens found in Southern homes. Samuel Arbes, Ph.D., from the NIEHS and lead author of the study, says, “The similarities in allergen levels between the day care centers and Southern home living rooms means children and the day care workers may be getting prolonged exposure to allergens. More research needs to be conducted to determine the effects of allergen exposures outside of the home.”

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Talk with children. Find out what scares them; try to reassure them. Most of all, keep your ears and eyes open. That's what America's teachers have been asked to do since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. They're supposed to make our kids feel secure, even as they look for "warning signs" of students or others who might breach our security. Priest, therapist, news anchor, cop: Teachers must now play all of these roles, all of the time.

Missouri requires chickenpox vaccines before daycare, preschool Date: 07 16 01 11:14 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Starting soon, Missouri children will have to be vaccinated against chickenpox before they can attend many licensed daycare, preschool or Head Start ...

A popular perk for parents: backup child care For many working parents, when a day care center suddenly closes or the nanny phones at 6 a.m. to say she can't make it in, the delicate balance between work and family can topple like a stack of blocks.

EPA to Parents: Puff Outdoors The nation's top environmental regulator has issued a challenge to parents who smoke: If you must light up, do it outside and give your kids' lungs a break. Smokers should take their habit outside, away from their kids, says new government campaign.

SIDS and child care "Many child care providers still may be unaware of the importance of supine (back) sleeping and may place infants prone (face-down), when they usually sleep in the supine or side position at home, for reasons of infant comfort," the researchers wrote.

Television and Child Development. By Judith Van Evra. Television has often been criticized for portraying the world unrealistically, in either overly positive ways or in excessively negative and stereotyped ways. Whether or not television reflects our social system accurately, however, it is an important contributor to that system, and it is a major socializing force in children's lives. Article Online Source: Children Youth and Family Consortium Electronic Clearinghouse.

More parents are leaving their children in day care than ever before.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 65 percent of women with children under the age of 6 were part of the labor force in 1998, compared with only 44 percent in 1975. And more women working means more kids in day care. At least 5.8 million children under age five are in out-of-home child-care facilities, according to the Urban Institute's 1990 National Child Care Survey.

It's no surprise, then, that as the number of kids in day care rises, so does the number of illnesses among those children. However, even though many studies have shown a link between day care and a tendency toward illness in early life, doctors say the bigger picture is not yet clear.


HAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A national directory of institutions offering programs for early childhood teachers  has been published by the National Center For Early Development & Learning (NCEDL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Council for Professional Recognition (CDA), a Washington, D.C., nonprofit corporation. 

This State Fact Sheet provide descriptive information on the condition of vulnerable children in all fifty states and the District of Columbia using indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, violence, and income support. The fact sheets also highlight the benefits and cost-effectiveness of investing in children to improve their health, safety and well-being.


PUBLIC PLAYGROUNDS PLACE CHILDREN AT RISK   Washington, DC -- Hard surfacing, equipment that is too high, openings in equipment that can entrap children, and swings that are too close together pose serious threats to children at a majority of public playgrounds surveyed across the country, according to a survey report, Playing It Safe, released today by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and Consumer Federation of America (CFA).

Guidelines given to parents and providers for keeping kids in day care healthy - February 15, 2000  

Report: Hidden dangers to children on many U.S. playgrounds WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The majority of public playgrounds in the United States pose hidden dangers that result in injuries to tens of thousands of children each year, two consumer watchdog groups said Thursday.

CHAPEL HILL, NC -- The prevention of respiratory infections in child care centers remains a public health challenge, according to an article in the fall, 1998, issue of "Early Developments" published by the Frank Porter Graham Center at UNC-CH.

WESTPORT, Conn. (Reuters) - Personal care company Playtex Products Inc. (NYSE:PYX - news) on Thursday said it is voluntarily recalling about 1.8 million Classic Patterns Cherubs and Soft Comfort latex pacifiers. The reason behind the recall, the company said in a statement, is since the latex is aging faster than normal, the nipple can detach from the shield and cause choking in babies.                                                                               

© Copyright 2001, All rights reserved Posted by Cyndi Beauchemin on Wednesday October 17, 2001
Dispelling the myths about Home Daycare
By: Cyndi Beauchemin

Each day millions of women search for a home based business that not only meets their needs, but that of their family. Many of these women overlook Home Daycare as an option because of the myths regarding this challenging, yet rewarding home based business.

Myth #1
Home Daycare is Babysitting

For those who deem offering childcare as merely babysitting, think again. Childcare is a business, that requires the owner/operator to: set rules and polices; organize their day; create a business plan; use written contracts, authorizations and agreements; offer activities, a nurturing environment, meals and meet the basic needs of the children in their care.

Myth #2
Operating a Home Daycare takes time away from the Providers children

Parents across the United States seek out Part-Time Care, Mother’s Day out availability, Drop-in Care, etc. The provider needs to choose a schedule and the services he/she wishes to offer and maintain those hours.

Running a home daycare offers the owner, not only the ability to focus on his/her own children full-time, but also offers an invaluable service to other working parents.

Myth #3
There are no skills required for operating a Home Daycare

At a minimum, a Home Daycare Owner/Operator must posses: a love for children, patience, and the ability to run a business.

In addition to these skills, each states has requirements that must be met before licensing and/or registration is granted.

At a minimum, these invaluable skills include First Aid CPR, Safe Food Handling Practices, and Child Abuse Prevention, which not only enhance the providers ability to provide quality childcare, but also gives guidance and knowledge in rearing their own children.

Myth #4
Home Daycare takes too much time

Many believe that operating a Home Daycare requires the business to be in operation 24/7. A successful Home Daycare Provider will set specific hours of operation, to allow time for her family.

Home Daycare can be a huge time commitment, but by using the proper tools, for organization, time management and setting specific hours of operation, the time involved is not much different than with any other home based business.

Myth #5
Home Daycare income wouldn't replace existing salary

Many women feel “stuck” in their current position, when they would prefer to be at home with their children, for financial reasons.

Use the following scale as a guide when calculating, how much you are really contributing to your family’s income, by working outside of the home.

From your Gross monthly Income, Deduct - Daycare Expenses, Dry Cleaning, Gas, Meals, Business Clothing, Other work related expenses and Taxes, the amount left over equals your actual Net monthly income.

In most instances the Net Income can easily be replaced with the income generated from a Home Daycare Business.

Only you can determine if the Net Income shown is keeping you from where you want to be…at home.

Cyndi Beauchemin is the mother of two and a former Daycare Provider, residing in the State of Oregon.

In her efforts, to promote quality childcare, Cyndi created the Daycare Starter Kit and Recordkeeping System, to assist providers in setting up and running an in home daycare program.

For more information about starting a home daycare, visit

Posted October 14, 2001

More parents are leaving their children in day care than ever before.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 65 percent of women with children under the age of 6 were part of the labor force in 1998, compared with only 44 percent in 1975. And more women working means more kids in day care. At least 5.8 million children under age five are in out-of-home child-care facilities, according to the Urban Institute's 1990 National Child Care Survey.

It's no surprise, then, that as the number of kids in day care rises, so does the number of illnesses among those children. However, even though many studies have shown a link between day care and a tendency toward illness in early life, doctors say the bigger picture is not yet clear.

"There is little question that day care before the age of two predisposes children to illnesses of the upper and lower respiratory tract," says Dr. Juan Celedon, an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital. "But we don't yet know the long-term impact of illnesses in early childhood, and that's a very important question. It's possible that some of the infections may be (harmful) and some may be protective, but that is largely unknown."

Until the research can demonstrate which of these illnesses are detrimental, there are basic health guidelines that all day-care facilities should be following to protect young children -- whose immune systems are still developing -- from dangerous illnesses.

Any child-care facility should ask to see the child's immunization records, says Ralph Cordell, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Likewise, you should make sure that all people at the day care have been properly immunized. If your child is at a child-care home (located at the provider's residence and usually with 12 or fewer kids), check up not only on the provider but also on anyone else living in the house, asking to view the records yourself.

The child-care center should also provide parents with its policy, in writing, on keeping sick kids out of day care, says Cordell. Children with diarrhea or respiratory infections should not be around other kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping children who have fevers out of day care. (The National Health and Safety Performance Standards have a looser recommendation: Children with fever should only be kept out if they also show some other sign of illness.) Find a provider whose policy you can agree with and who takes the kids' health seriously enough to write it down, says Cordell.

It may also be worthwhile to talk to your child's caretaker about their enforcement of these policies. A March 1999 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine study reported that children in child-care homes were more likely to be sick than those in child-care centers. Researchers attributed this in large part to the fact that while both types of day care had similar exclusion policies, providers in child-care homes were more lenient in accepting mildly ill children at the beginning of the day.

Good old-fashioned cleanliness can go a long way in keeping a child healthy. First, make sure the day care has proper hand-washing arrangements. "The more sinks the better," says Cordell. "Ideally, there would be one sink within arm's reach of the diaper table and a second one that's used for kid hand washing in the room." The sink used to wash dirty dishes should also be completely separate. Also, the day care should require parents to wash their children's hands right after dropping them off, which will significantly decrease the number of germs spread.

In  addition to keeping your child as healthy as possible, you want to ensure your child's basic safety at day care. Make sure that background checks have been done on all providers and on anyone in a day-care home. You should also ensure that the day care has a secure system in case someone else needs to pick up your child, says Cordell. For example, look for a system that authorizes only certain family members or close friends to retrieve your child when you are not able to. If you have an infant, make sure that the providers put the babies to sleep on their backs, which can decrease their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Product Recalls
The number of product recalls related to childcare health and safety is ever increasing and seems to show no sign of slowing down. We believe the best way to give providers the information they need is to provide this list of websites that maintain active and current lists of the recalled products as well as safety alerts.


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