Child Care Now- September 2017

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September 2017

In the news:


Congratulations to the following center for achieving NAEYC re-accreditation:

  • Ziggurat Child Development Center in Laguna Niguel, CA
  • HHS/ED Children's Center in Washington, DC

    Do You Know Someone with an Expiring CDA?

    The Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition has a Renewal Amnesty Program that allows anyone with a CDA® credential expiration date as far back as January 1, 2007 to apply for a renewal online. This amnesty opportunity provides a waiver of the CDA holder's expiration deadline. It does not waive the five steps required to renew a CDA®.

    There are just four months remaining to submit your completed application and payment online before the Renewal Amnesty program expires on December 29, 2017.  Please reference the CDA Council website for requirements, Renewal Procedures Guides and more information.

    This information has been provide by the CDS Council.  More information can be found here.





    Did you know that 1 in 3 children is overweight obese?  Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

    There are many ways you can help children eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.

    • Promote Daily Exercise
    • Always offer a variety of fruits and vegetables at mealtime and for snacks
    • Talk with children about the importance of living a healthy life

    For more information on how you can promote health living and putting a stop to childhood obesity click here

    Quote of the Month:

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelo


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    Kids by the Bay Financial District Celebrates Citizenship


    Kids by the Bay Financial District (FiDi) in San Francisco participated in a naturalization ceremony as part of World Refugee Day.  The center is co-located with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, who asked the children participate in the ceremony by presenting flags.  At the end of the ceremony, the children walked down the aisle waving flags celebrating with the new citizens.

    National Preparedness Month


    Are you prepared?  This is a question we should all be asking ourselves with the recent natural disasters that have devastated many areas in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. September is National Preparedness month and what better time than now to focus on emergency preparedness and ensuring staff and children in your care are well-prepared for any emergency.  

    Child Care Aware of America reported 4,400 child care programs in Texas were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and over 23,300 child care programs in Florida by Hurricane Irma. And now more record-breaking hurricanes have devastated Puerto Rico.  Our thoughts and support are with the individuals, families, and child care providers affected by these disasters. Recovery and rebuilding after such destruction will be a long, hard effort.  For help with special considerations to take when returning home or to school, Child Care Aware provides guidance on flood clean-up: Child Care Aware also offers a series of post-disaster webinars. Register for these FREE webinars, which will also be recorded and made available after the live delivery, at:  REGISTER

    For resources on how to protect belongings and recover from a flood, plus more emergency planning topics and guides, visit Child Care Aware of America’s Emergency Preparedness Website:

    Board Business: Marketing for Success!

    One important performance measure for GSA child care centers is UTILIZATION. GSA measures and tracks overall utilization (% of spaces filled) and Federal utilization (% of Federal usage in the center).  It is important for Boards to be aware of their child care program’s performance status and trends.  If a center is consistently underutilized, boards should understand why and address any barriers before it becomes a bigger issue.  What can be done if a center is underutilized?  Marketing, marketing, and more marketing!

    Marketing the program is not just a Provider responsibility. It is a joint responsibility of the Provider, Board, and sponsoring Federal agencies.  All parties have a vested interest in keeping the center fully enrolled and serving (mostly) Federal families. Consider how your board can share information and host activities to bring awareness to Federal employees that high-quality, work-site child care is available.

    A few examples of how to market  your program include: 

    • Working with HR departments from the Federal agencies in your neighborhood. Provide them with center brochures for their employees, including packets for new employee orientation.  Share news snippets and articles about center events for newsletters or bulletin boards.  With agency permission, host a children’s art show or book fair in the building.
    • Encourage agencies to include the child care program in CFC events, or provide space for “Lunch and Learns” on various child development topics, run by the provider for all parents in the agency.  You could help get permission for the children to parade in costume through the Federal building on Halloween or host a “party parade” to celebrate the center’s anniversary.
    • Co-sponsor an Open House to highlight the center’s program and sponsor an incentive awards program for all prospective parent referrals.  

    Keep in mind the best advertisement for any program is word of mouth. So help spread the word and make sure everyone knows what a fantastic, quality child care program you have!