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Understanding Special Needs Rates of the Child Care Assistance Program The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Special Needs Rate is available for children with special needs in Minnesota who receive CCAP and meet designated criteria. This tip sheet provides a description of the Child Care Assistance Program's Special Needs Rate and the process to request. Tipsheet
Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development This June 2015 brief from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides basic information about brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. It is meant to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect on children who come to the attention of the child welfare system. Document
Understanding the positive developmental impact of travel "Family holidays are a memorable experience, but did you know they’re also full of developmental opportunities for children as they grow up?" Here is a guide created by We Love Holidays, Ltd. The guide looks "at why travel can be fantastic for kids and provide advice for making the most out of the time you get to travel as a family. Spending time outdoors, learning new skills, experiencing different cultures, exploring the history of different places—there are so many benefits to family travel. This guide is a must-read for any parent looking to understand the impact of travel on childhood development." Website
Use Visual Strategies for Autism Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and lots of other students with behavior or communication challenges tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see better than what they hear. Therefore, they benefit significantly from the use of Visual Strategies. Deciding when and how to use pictures and other visual supports is the key. This website gives valuable information for speech pathologists, educators, parents, and therapists on how and when to use visual strategies. Website
Using Books to Teach Your Child about Natural Disasters Natural disasters can be scary topics for young children, but reading together about these events is a great and less-frightening way to discuss them. It also allows for great conversations about what to do if a natural disaster occurs. Website
Vivir con una discapacidad: La perspectiva familiar (Living with a Disability: The Family Perspective) Al aprender la perspectiva familiar, los educadores de la primera infancia pueden demostrar un mayor nivel de empatía y sensibilidad sobre el impacto de la discapacidad de un niño en los padres/miembros de la familia.By learning the family perspective, early childhood educators can demonstrate an increased level of empathy and sensitivity about the impact of a child’s disability on parents/family members. Tipsheet
Washburn Center for Children The Washburn Center highlights its mission to help families and children at risk, suffering from mental health issues related to chemical dependencies and independent. Publications, articles, feedback from families, insurance info, and lots of relevant links and location information. Five Minneapolis locations and lots of volunteer opportunities. Website
Welcoming Babies! Partnering with Parents to Ease the Transition to Child Care How do we welcome babies and their families into our childcare programs? Join Beth Menninga, RBPD Manager at CICC, as she talks with Sheryl Warner, Family Child Care Provider, as Sheryl describes her walk with parents and babies who are coming to her childcare program for the first time. Attending to parenting approaches; ongoing conversation and coordination; helping children adapt to new routines; self-awareness and tenderness are all discussed as a part of establishing the relationship with families as a key element to welcoming babies. Podcast
What is Monkeypox? Learn the facts about Monkeypox from this article written by David W. Kimberlin, MD, FAAP & Kristina A. Bryant, MD, FAAP members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Website
What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child to suffer, actually exacerbate the youngster’s anxiety. It happens when parents, anticipating a child’s fears, try to protect her from them. Here are pointers from the Child Mind Institute for helping children escape the cycle of anxiety. Document