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Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

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Solutions for Families You Don’t Have Spots for During COVID-19

With new teacher-child ratios resulting from COVID-19 health and safety policies, many parents are now finding themselves unable to have a spot for their child with their preferred childcare provider....

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With new teacher-child ratios resulting from COVID-19 health and safety policies, many parents are now finding themselves unable to have a spot for their child with their preferred childcare provider....

The post Solutions for Families You Don’t Have Spots for During COVID-19 appeared first on HiMama Blog - Resources for Daycare Centers.

With new teacher-child ratios resulting from COVID-19 health and safety policies, many parents are now finding themselves unable to have a spot for their child with their preferred childcare provider. This is hard not just on families but for staff as well, who would love to help every family but are unable to do so because of the realities of our new normal.

In this article, we’ll go over different ways you can still help families get through the next while until you are back to your regular capacity. Though not perfect, they will help provide a little much-needed relief during these challenging times.

Other Provider Referrals

After parents discover they will not have a spot at your location, they will begin contacting other providers in the area. Make this process easier for them by directing them towards other centers or dayhomes that you would recommend based on the high quality of standards that your business provides. 

Going one step further, you can contact these providers to establish a network during the pandemic, sharing learnings about operating during these challenging times so you can all improve together.

Virtual Classes

If possible, you could have some staff assigned to hosting virtual classes to children to join throughout the day to help make things a little easier for parents still needing to balance working from home and watching their children during the day. These could be sessions exclusively for children at home or a computer can be set up in the classroom so they can “join” their classmates who are onsite.

If you haven’t hosted any virtual classes yet, see our article on starting an online early childhood learning program to get started! 

Busy Bags

It can be a challenge even for early childhood educators to come up with new activities to keep children entertained and learning throughout the day, but especially busy parents after several months of being at home during the quarantine. 

Parents love getting busy bags for their children to enjoy at home! All you’ll need to do is find several fun activities, print out instructions and include any required supplies. 

Need activity ideas? See our database of daycare activities and use the free printable instructions in your busy bags!

Family Bubbles

Depending on what your local government allows regarding socializing, you can create a list of families that would like to participate in a “bubble program” where they are paired with other families that they can share child watching duties with. As long as each family agrees to do no other socializing besides with each other, they can take turns in the morning and afternoon watching both families’ children to give the parents some time during the day to focus on other things. Just make sure that this complies with your government’s COVID-19 prevention recommendations so that everyone is staying safe and responsible.

Waitlist

Regardless of whether COVID-19 is happening or not, a waitlist is always a good way to give parents reassurance that they have not been forgotten. Of course, this doesn’t actually solve their need for child care, but at least they will know that they will be notified as soon as a spot becomes available.

Do you have any other solutions for families that your center has been providing? Let us know in the comments!

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