New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Creating an Eco-Friendly Child Care Environment

ATLANTA, GA, Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce AMD116: Creating an Eco-Friendly Child Care Environment to the online child care training course catalog.

Research shows that the first years of a child’s life are critical to shaping their future health and development. The small changes a child care provider makes can have a big impact on the children in their care. From reducing toxins in the environment to reducing waste, caregivers can make simple changes that will benefit the health and well-being of the children and the planet.  Creating a healthy environment for children involves plenty of active play, positive encouragement and guidance, adequate rest, and healthy meals. But a healthy early care environment is also one that is healthful for children and embraces good

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NYC’s free child-care program now open to students learning remotely full-time

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New York City families with students enrolled in full-time remote learning can now sign up for the city’s free child-care program, Learning Bridges, which was created amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as the 2020-2021 school year was developed with full-time remote learning or blended learning, in which students go to school part-time and learn remotely the rest of the time.

The program offers free child care for blended learning students in 3-K to eighth grade, whose families couldn’t stay home or find alternate care on the days that students learned remotely and weren’t in school buildings.

As of January, the city Department of Education’s (DOE) website states that Learning Bridges sites with available seats can now enroll children in 100% remote learning if care is still needed. That’s because more district schools are able to offer all or some of their students in-person instruction five days

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Athens Parents Face Child-Care Challenges

A recent virtual meeting involving representatives from the ACC government, the Clarke County School District and UGA focused on outreach to children and youth in Athens, including everything from summer camps to child care to ASP programs.   

Parents choosing child care in Athens have limited choices. Child care has an average monthly cost of $559 per child. For low-income residents especially, child care is often a patchwork involving grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and older siblings as well as staff members at facilities. Child-care facilities aren’t close to the homes of low-income residents and aren’t open when they need the care. That information was collected by Grace Bagwell Adams with the UGA College of Public Health for the Athens Wellbeing Project, a survey of residents on their health-care and social services needs. 

Before COVID-19, ACC Leisure Services provided not only 36 summer camps for elementary and middle school-aged children, but

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Child-care center to be demolished; no plans for new facility | Campus

Many Purdue families feel left with few options after the University announced its plans to shut down Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center on June 1.

“The center closing came as a giant shock when parents were notified on Wednesday,” said Amanda Mayes, a senior research associate in human development and family studies, and a mother of a child in the center.

Mayes said families had always been under the impression that the construction of a new child-care center would be concurrent with the closure of the Early Care and Education Center. But no new center has yet been constructed, she said.

Alexander Francis, chairman of the University Senate’s faculty affairs committee, said that although the senate had not yet made an official statement on the matter, “both the faculty affairs committee and the equity and diversity committee will be addressing this.”

“I will say that I hope that

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