High-quality child care produces a stimulating, secure and loving atmosphere for the little one.

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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Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes – How to do it Rightly
Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
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Make a Bed
Make a Bed
It might be a dying art, but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill.
Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
Give a kid a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile.
Mop a Floor
Mop a Floor
Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home.

How to Advocate as an Individual for the Field of Early Childhood Education

HiMama chatted with Jane Ann Benson from Early Childhood Ally and our 2020 ECE of the Year Award winner about what it means to be an ally in the field...

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HiMama chatted with Jane Ann Benson from Early Childhood Ally and our 2020 ECE of the Year Award winner about what it means to be an ally in the field...

The post How to Advocate as an Individual for the Field of Early Childhood Education appeared first on HiMama Blog - Resources for Daycare Centers.

HiMama chatted with Jane Ann Benson from Early Childhood Ally and our 2020 ECE of the Year Award winner about what it means to be an ally in the field of early childhood education and getting the right people to notice our work in the field.

We’ve rounded up her top tips for advocating for yourself as an educator:

  • If you don’t advocate..who will? The more you advocate for yourself the easier it gets!
  • Advocacy begins in higher education– As a student, this is a critical time to learn why advocacy is so important and to advocate early before you’re in the field.
  • Even the small things count as advocacy- Professional development courses, offering high-quality education- this is all advocacy.
  • Look locally- consider the people you vote for, the schools in your community, the parks you visit- these all matter to communities, educators, and children. Start small and grow from there!

Jane Ann continues to explain that making small changes to the concept of being an “advocate” can really empower people to see their circle of influence.

Advocacy can be seen in the decisions we make every day including the people we talk with.

Jane Ann Benson

Consider your community, the events you attend, and the families in your center- we can influence these people in the language we use and how we frame the importance of early childhood education. We should take every opportunity given to us to shed light on this very important field. This is an opportunity to flex the little muscles to practice advocation for yourself!

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Episode 240- Transcripts Coming Soon.

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