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  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:15 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Teaching The Alphabet To Young Children

    November 8, 2004 Parents know the value of learning the alphabet. They recognize that early experiences with letters are an important step toward reading. Still, many parents have questions about taking that step. When introducing your child to the alphabet, begin with familiar things. Start with your child's name. This builds upon her sense of...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:13 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Safe Sleep For Your Baby: Reduce The Risk Of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    February 2, 2004 Research tells us that parents and caregivers should put babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Find out more about SIDS and ways to keep your baby safe from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. What is SIDS? SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome....
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:08 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Separation Anxiety

    January 19, 2004 One of the big difficulties both parents and children face when children are cared for by others is the issue of separation. Here are some tips from Zero to Three to help make separation easier. Good-byes are difficult for little ones, even if it is just a short time. And seeing tears and pleas for staying can make a parent's...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:01 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Healthy Eating And Fitness For Young Children - At Home And In Child Care

    December 22, 2003 An important part of helping your child be ready for school success is making sure your child gets healthy meals and snacks and regular physical activity at home and in child care. Follow the simple guidelines and tips below at home, and talk to your child's caregiver about healthy eating and physical activity. Healthy Eating...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 10:59 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    It's An Epidemic: Childhood Obesity Is At An All Time High!

    December 8, 2003 Obesity, or being overweight, is on the rise for children in the United States. Everyone's body has both muscle and fat. But it's the ratio or proportion of one to the other that will determine if a person is overweight or obese. Doctors and other professionals have developed a formula that looks at and rates the ratio of lean...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 9:57 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Resources For Grandparents Raising Children

    November 24, 2003 Grandparents who are primary caregivers of grandchildren face many challenges, including legal, financial, medical, and emotional issues. The first step to determining what kind of support is needed, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), should be to resolve legal questions around custody,...
  • Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:51 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Provider Appreciation Day

    As Mother’s Day approaches, you might find yourself planning special treats for grandmas, mothers-in-law, sisters, special friends, aunts and anyone else who might play a special role in your child’s life. Do your special plans include your child care provider? Maybe your provider is a mother, also. Or the grandmotherly type who loves to...
  • Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 1:02 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Words Can Not Say Enough...

    April 6, 2011 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 11.3 million children under the age of 5 spend some part of their week in child care. If this number includes your family, chances are you've added an extended family member or two to your daily routine. And you've selected a person that you feel will provide the best care for...
  • Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 1:00 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Healthy Eating and Child Care

    May 12, 2009 With your child in child care, there are many things you might be hoping he/she takes away from the experience. There are the lessons that will be carried throughout life, and healthy eating is one of them. Not only do you want your children to learn about the importance of healthy eating, but you also want them to practice eating...
  • Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:57 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Activity Counts

    June 22, 2009 In a previous Are You Aware publication, Healthy Eating and Child Care, we discussed ways child care providers can help children develop good eating habits and learn about proper nutrition. Along with proper nutrition, it is suggested that children have at least 60 minutes of activity per day. This doesn't mean your child has to be...