Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Self-Care with Rosita and Ricardo | #ComingTogether


Military families can also feel the impact of racism. Rosita and Ricardo explain how sometimes self-care can be the first step toward racial justice when handling big emotions.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Nutrition Nuggets : Identifying Gluten Free Foods in the CACFP

What is Gluten? In the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), gluten is a protein found in some grains such as wheat, barley, rye and malt. Children with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance cannot eat foods containing gluten. Gluten causes damage to the lining of the small intestine in individuals with celiac disease. Here are three tips on identifying gluten free foods:

  • Check the ingredient statement. Avoid foods that contain wheat, rye, barley and malt. Other gluten containing ingredients to look for include durum, graham flour, hydrolyzed wheat protein, modified wheat starch, semolina and malt extract or syrup, among others. Quick tip: Ingredients can change over time so check the label for gluten containing ingredients every time you buy a product. You can also contact the manufacturer to confirm.
  • Look for foods labeled as gluten free. Only foods that meet the Food & Drug Administration’s definition for gluten free can be labeled as gluten free. Quick tip: Wheat free does not mean gluten free.
  • Know which foods commonly contain gluten. Many common foods such as breads, breaded meats, cakes, cereals, cookies, crackers, pasta and pizza often contain gluten. Other foods that may contain gluten but are not as obvious include taco seasoning, soy sauce, salad dressing or even hot dogs and deli meats. That’s why it is so important to check the ingredients!

Are there whole grains that are also gluten free? Serving at least one of the grain requirements as whole grain rich is still doable for a gluten free diet! Whole grains that do not naturally contain gluten include whole grain rich corn, brown rice, some oats and other grains that are less commonly eaten like sorghum, teff and quinoa. Foods that are generally gluten free are:

  • Plain beef, pork, lamb and turkey
  • Plain fish and shellfish
  • Plain fruits and Vegetables
  • Plain beans
  • Some yogurts
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Nuts and seeds

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Using Observation to Guide Your Teaching

Observation is at the heart of early childhood assessment and is a key guide in how teachers support children. It includes gathering, recording, and reflecting on information about children’s progress. Quality observations communicate each child’s individuality and context: because every child has strengths, interests, and experiences connected to their unique home and community contexts, it makes sense that observations and other assessments should provide a comprehensive view of who each child is, what they know, and what they can do.

Effective teachers intentionally watch and listen to children—whether during a daily routine or a planned activity, on a particular day, and over time. Sometimes, we can tell a teacher is observing by what they say. 

During our visits, we often hear a teacher share things like

  •  “Jamal is starting to recognize the letters in his name. Today he pointed to an A in a book and said, ‘That’s MY letter.’”
  •  “Marisu has incredible balance. Did you see how long she stood on one foot today?!”
  •  “Jacintha made up another song while she was in the dramatic play center today. She comes up with the most wonderful melodies.”

Other times, we can tell a teacher is observing by their documentation. Teachers use anecdotal records, audio and video recordings, checklists and rating scales, and other means to document children’s learning and growth. Documentation can be reviewed, reflected on, and used to make decisions, including the next steps in planning for a group and for individual children.

Read more, here.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950



Sunday, November 27, 2022

Chef Lily’s Tip: Lime It Up!


Watch Chef Lily’s video learn to experiment with combining familiar tastes with unfamiliar ones.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Reimbursement for CPR/First Aid Classes -

 
Have you taken, or plan to take CPR or First Aid between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023?
 
Providers who take CPR and First Aid typically pay about $100 for the combination of both. Our current reimbursement funding allows us to reimburse you for up to $60 for that! Plus, we can reimburse family child care providers for up to two people and up to three people for child care centers.
 
Here are the guidelines you will need to follow to receive this reimbursement:
  • The training you receive must be EMSA approved, (approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority). This is the agency which approves health and safety training for child care providers. For a list of EMSA approved trainers and the counties they serve, follow this link: EMSA Approved Trainers 
  • The training may also be taken through The American Heart Association, "Heart Saver Pediatric CPR AED & First Aid," or
  • American Red Cross, "California Child Care Pediatric First Aid and CPR."
All training needs to be taken in person.
Online courses cannot be reimbursed.
 
Once completed, follow this link for the application. Complete the application, and return it, along with the required documents, to our office. The reimbursement will be directly deposited into your account.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950



Friday, November 18, 2022

Elmo Isn't Sleepy


Elmo’s getting ready for bed with his dad, Louie. He’s finished his usual routine (taking a bath, putting on pajamas, and brushing his teeth). Finally, it’s time for their bedtime lullaby. But Elmo isn’t sleepy! 

Sesame Street in Communities brings free video content of everyone's favorite, furry Muppet friends as they help children and the adults in their lives reach their highest potential. Grover and the gang will tackle a variety of topics that face children in the areas of health and well-being, school readiness, and emotional well-being. Some of the content and topics presented are more sensitive, so you should preview these videos before sharing with a child.

LOCATION
421 Executive Court North
Fairfield, CA 94534-4019
(707) 863-3950