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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! This is a time for families and communities to come together to promote awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our children and to make our communities a healthy place for children and families to thrive.

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The Center on Disabilities and Human Development has developed a great resource for young families dealing with the stress of the pandemic, the Act Early Idaho COVID-19 Resiliency Toolkit. There are multiple resources for both parents and children on everything from child development to stress management.

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Kindergarten Registration has begun across Idaho. You can help remind families and pass along these excellent resources from Lee Pesky Learning Center to help prepare their child for the school days ahead!

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As of January 12th, Child Care Providers have been moved up to be included among essential workers that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine. Find out more about how to register yourself and/or your staff!

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Using real-world examples from classrooms in Idaho and incorporating lessons learned from currently practicing teachers we will share a toolkit for supporting high-quality outdoor classrooms.

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Celebrating holidays in early childhood programs can bring joy to children, staff and families and can strengthen relationships between programs and the families they serve, but it can also be an unintentional way of excluding some families. We want to encourage children to see how they are the same and different from their peers. One way to begin this process might be to introduce books about different holidays celebrated around the world during these winter months.

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Our friends at Ready for Kindergarten- Idaho pointed us toward this great article that widens math skills while reading great books!

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While we all need reminders to slow down from time to time, some days are just so packed that there are only a few spare minutes to connect with the children we care for. Make a point of taking time to connect with every child in your care each day using these 10 quick tips.

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As part of licensing and ICCP requirements, child care providers have been asked to regularly practice certain drills.