Podcast: Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters is a podcast produced by CICC. Early childhood experts discuss a wide array of important topics for early childhood professionals.

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Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Definitions and Impact - Part 1 in a series

Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Definitions and Impact - Part 1 in a series

The results of a 2007 study, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), showed that the highest level of depression among various occupations was reported by individuals in caregiving professions. This includes the field of early care and education. In this podcast, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Dea Anderson discuss the definitions and impact of stress, burnout and depression in early care and education.

(Length: 10:46)
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The Ins and Outs of the Special Needs Rate from an Expert - Part 3 in a series

The Ins and Outs of the Special Needs Rate from an Expert - Part 3 in a series

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome special guest Nicole Frethem, Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program at the MN Department of Human Services to discuss the Child Care Assistance Program. Nicole shares important information about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and how its subsidies aid families in accessing quality child care. Both families and child care programs should know what the eligibility is, how you begin the process, and why it can help offset financial costs.

(Length: 13:06)
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Child Care Subsidy and the Special Needs Rate: Helping Families and Providers - Part 2 in a series

Child Care Subsidy and the Special Needs Rate: Helping Families and Providers - Part 2 in a series

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome back special guest Nicole Frethem who is a Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program at the MN Department of Human Services. They discuss in greater detail the Special Needs Rate that is available to child care providers working with children who are part of the Child Care Assistance Program. Nicole shares some of the reasons a child care provider might request a special needs rate for a particular child with a disability and explains why the rate helps families access higher quality care.

(Length: 11:54)
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Understanding the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program - Part 1 in a series

Understanding the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program - Part 1 in a series

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel welcome special guest Nicole Frethem, Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program at the MN Department of Human Services to discuss the Child Care Assistance Program. Nicole shares important information about the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and how its subsidies aid families in accessing quality child care. Both families and child care programs should know what the eligibility is, how you begin the process, and why it can help offset financial costs.

(Length: 16:49)
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Questions from a First Time Parent (Part 3)

Questions from a First Time Parent (Part 3)

Inclusion Matters hosts Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel begin a 3-part series sharing conversation with a young mom, Kimberly, who is first-time parent of a toddler. She asks the hosts questions about development, screen time, sleep, bedtime and nap routines, and mealtimes. Cindy and Priscilla share their answers using information from the latest research and they also share resources that can provide listeners with more information.

(Length: 14:17)
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Questions from a First Time Parent (Part 2)

Questions from a First Time Parent (Part 2)

Inclusion Matters hosts Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel begin a 3-part series sharing conversation with a young mom, Kimberly, who is first-time parent of a toddler. She asks the hosts questions about development, screen time, sleep, bedtime and nap routines, and mealtimes. Cindy and Priscilla share their answers using information from the latest research and they also share resources that can provide listeners with more information.

(Length: 15:20)