To better serve you, the Child Care Community, and to better reflect the state of Child Care in the Capital Region, the Child Care Council is once again collecting information for the annual Picture of Child Care. As always, all information collected is kept confidential. Please respond to all survey questions as written and answer as accurately as possible. If the answer choices do not match your program, please choose the response that best describes your program, or leave the question blank. All completed surveys will be entered to win a $50 Hannaford gift card. Please complete the survey ONCE per child care program.
Popular Evenflo child seat recalled for problematic buckle
About 202,000 child seats by the company Evenflo are being recalled for an issue that might cause difficulty in quickly releasing the buckle-and thus, removing the child. The recall potentially affects 202,346 'Embrace 35' rear-facing child seats from the brand made from December 2011 through May 2013. In the affected seats, the buckle could become difficult to unlatch, due to exposure to “contaminants, like food and drink,” the manufacturer explains. Read more...
Sam's Club recalls 'Simply Right' baby wipes due to potentially harmful bacteria
Sam's Club stopped selling the wipes after the manufacturer, Nutek Disposables, Inc., found that the packages have B. cepacia bacteria. According to Sam's Club, the bacteria could make children with chronic health problems or a weakened immune system more susceptible to infections. Read more...
What Do I need to Know About Enterovirus D-68?
Enterovirus is a common cause of respiratory illness, but the EV-D68 strain is less common. Like other respiratory illnesses, EV-D68 is spread through coughing, sneezing, or by touching a contaminated surface. Infants, children and teenagers are at the most risk of exposure to infection and becoming ill with the virus. Children with respiratory issues are at a higher risk for severe symptoms and adults are more likely to have mild or no symptoms.
Follow these Centers for Disease Control precautions to reduce the risk of getting and spreading Enterovirus-D68
Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Seek medical advice if you are having any breathing difficulties.
We have compiled our favorite recipes in this booklet to provide you with healthy, kid-friendly, low-cost meal and snack ideas. These recipes have been tested by many parents, preschoolers and staff in many local child care centers.
Carrot Spice Recipe (page 9) shared on WNYT on September 16!
>Click here to see the full list of required documents (PDF) - This flyer also contains information specific to Kindergarten registration for the City School DIstrict of Albany. To search for information regarding other Capital Region School Districts, GOOGLE "kindergarten registration, capital district, ny"
Help us Shape a Better Future for Children
The Capital District Child Care Council is developing our strategic plan for 2015-2020 and we are looking to you for input to our process. Please take a few moments to respond to the survey questions by clicking on the following link or copying it into your internet search field:
Are you ready? To help in the preparation for the launch of the new regulations, the Council has prepared a "Checklist for May 1." The checklist contains a concise review of what to look for in anticipation of the new regulations. This is not an exhaustive list and any questions about registration compliance should be directed to your licensor or registrar.
Building with pool noodles gives children a natural opportunity to practice problem solving using basic engineering concepts and allows children to have independent thoughts and actions as they conduct their experiments.
The Matryoshka or Russian nesting doll is one of the most popular and endearing examples of Russian folk art. The first Russian Nesting Dolls were crafted over 100 years ago by skilled craftsmen devoted to the production and preservation of peasant folk toys and dolls dressed in regional costumes.
In Russian, Matryoshka is derived from the word mother. At the time the first dolls were made Matrena or Matreshka was among the most popular names for Russian girls. It's not surprising then that many of the first Matryoshka dolls utilized the image of a chubby checked mother or grandmother on the outside doll with the likenesses of her numerous children painted on the smaller, nested inner dolls.