Early Child Care and Education

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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Promoting Healthy Nutrition Habits for Children

In March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month and the National Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP). ChildSavers is an administrator of this program to child care providers in Central Virginia. Last year, we provided more than 1,600 children in our region with nutritious meals. This initiative combats hunger and provides healthy meals to children and …

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Responsive Schedules and Routines for Infants and Toddlers

Establishing routines in your classroom is one way to promote social-emotional development with infants and toddlers while creating a high quality supportive environment. Utilizing responsive routines doesn’t need to be an overwhelming task.in Keep things simple. Young children thrive on consistency. Therefore, schedules become a critical part of each day. Think about the way things …

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When Is it Too Cold for Children to Play Outside?

When is it OK to take children outside to play? When is it not? Winter brings about the challenge of taking children outside in cold weather. The Virginia Department of Social Services requires that children in licensed programs, open for more than 5 hours a day, go outside for one hour every day if weather and …

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