Early Child Care and Education

ChildSavers provides a checklist of what to look like in a day care or child care provider

Top 5 Things to Look for in Daycare and Child Care

Choosing child care for your child is one of the most important decisions families can make. Sometimes parents and guardians are left choosing between two or more deal breakers… Can we afford child care? Is this early care program setting my child up for successful, lifelong learning? Can they accommodate my child’s specific needs? Luckily, there’s …

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ChildSavers offers free and fee-based training hours for child care providers in Virginia

Earn Your Training Hours for Child Care: 5 Online Resources

ChildSavers offers free and low-cost training for child care providers in need of professional development training hours, technical assistance, and coaching. We’re here to help you provide the best care possible as you earn your training hours for child care. Jump to: Child Care Aware Virginia Quality Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network CDA Additional …

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Everything you need to know about the CDA Child Development Associates Certificate

What is a CDA? Everything You Need to Know

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate is the simplest, quickest, and most inexpensive way to further your career in early child care and education. Receiving your CDA allows you to become a lead child care teacher or open your own licensed child care center in Virginia. The certificate is also valid in all fifty state, …

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Best sensory exercises for children in child care with autism

4 of the Best Sensory Activities for Children with Autism in Child Care

April is Autism Awareness month and we are excited to share some ways to incorporate inclusive play into your daily routine as a child care provider or guardian. Sensory activities benefit all children but can be especially useful for children with Autism. People with Autism can be hyper-sensitive or hypo-sensitive to stimuli in their environment. …

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How to Nurture Your Child As An Introvert or Extrovert

The words “introvert” and “extrovert” are used frequently and often misunderstood to imply that someone is shy or outgoing. The true essence behind introverted versus extroverted children refers to their personality preference – specifically, the way the child spends and recharges their energy. Keep in mind that children are constantly learning to understand themselves and …

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Baby Safety at Home: 3 Things You Cannot Overlook

When we think of baby safety at home, we think of covering outlets, mounting furniture, avoiding sharp objects, and putting small choking hazards out of reach. While these are all vital pieces to a safe environment for our youngest learners, we also need to be thinking of the “not-so-obvious” dangers, continuous baby-proofing as infants grow …

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The Ultimate List of Coronavirus Resources for Families in Richmond, VA

We know there’s a lot of information swirling around about the coronavirus (COVID-19). It can be scary for adults and children alike. How do we talk with our kids about the coronavirus? How can we help them process what’s going on? How do we keep them occupied in this time of uncertainty? Our team of mental …

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Resources For Child Care Programs During COVID-19

ChildSavers here help with resources for child care programs in Virginia during COVID-19. That is the message we want all those caring for children to know and remember in the upcoming weeks. Our Child Development Services staff is working remotely to allow for social distancing. This will keep a smaller number of individuals in the …

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Self-Care Tips for Child Care Providers and Early Education Teachers

As caregivers of young children, whether you are a parent, an early care educator, or both, it is hard to find time to take care of yourself. Self-care is not only necessary for child care providers to stay grounded and healthy – your mood is reflected in your interactions with children. Adults who are stressed …

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Nap and naptime tips for child care providers and day care teachers

Is Naptime A Friend or Foe to Child Care Providers?

Joyce Mason, Caniya Johnson, and Janet Burke from ChildSavers explore the ins and outs of naps… for both the child that doesn’t want to sleep and the one who does. Naptime can be the best time of day or the worst daytime nightmare for an early care teacher. Having a naptime that all children go …

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