Survey Opportunity for Early Childhood Educators and Providers

"The Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University is conducting a brief survey about early childhood educators’ technology use and are interested in how you use technology with the young children you work with.

If you are 18 years or older and work with children ages 0-8 in an early childhood setting (e.g., family childcare, center-based care, HeadStart Center, Preschool, etc), please consider taking the following survey. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes." (via NAEYC)


It's Time For Pittsburgh To Make An Investment In Early Education

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak hopes to boost the quality of preschool in Pittsburgh with a $2 million allocation next year that would go to providers in the city.

Rudiak of Carrick said less than 20 percent of Pittsburgh's 205 preschool facilities have received “high quality” rankings through the state's Keystone STARS system. The money would be granted to public and private facilities to help them boost their performance.

Rudiak said city foundations, which she declined to name, have given her “confident assurance” they would be willing to provide matching funds. She said the city also plans to seek a state grant.

“This is an investment by City Council where we could leverage this money for millions of more dollars,” Rudiak said. “This fund and the leveraging of these funds will significantly improve the quality of childcare facilities in the city of Pittsburgh, which then actually improves educational outcomes for children, and those are lifelong gains.”

Read the full article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review here.

Read the full article here.

How Child Care Providers Can Stop The Spread of the Flu This Winter

Prepare your family for winter by preparing to combat influenza. Flu season is often times more serious than the common cold. Each year, millions of children get sick with the flu, resulting in hospitalizations or death.

The annual influenza vaccine is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older. Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old, are at an increased risk of hospitalization and complications due to influenza. Since infants younger than 6 months are too young to get their own flu shot, the best way to protect these very young children is for all family members and caregivers to get the flu vaccine. Parents and caregivers can help protect more vulnerable children by vaccinating both the children and themselves. 

Take steps TODAY to help your child care program prepare 

  • Get your flu vaccine NOW. Encourage all staff, children, and parents to get the flu vaccine. Everyone needs a flu vaccine each year! Next year, plan to have the vaccine by October.
  • Examine and revise your program's written plan for seasonal flu. 
  • Invite a pediatrician or child care health consultant to provide influenza prevention education to your staff. 
  • Use CDC posters and handouts to educate caregivers and staff about proper hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette. 
  • Update family contact information and child records, so parents can be reached quickly if they need to pick up their sick child. 

Plan ahead to prevent the spread of germs. Policies in child care programs can limit the spread of the influenza and should focus on encouraging vaccination and implementation of everyday preventive actions such as:

  • good respiratory etiquette;
  • hand washing;
  • cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting;
  • and excluding children and caregivers who have respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, or sore throat) and fever. 

Learn more HERE