Early Education Newsletter

March 2020

Update Your Program File

Update your program file to ensure the most accurate information is shared with parents looking for care. It is also important to update your rates as the Office Of Early Childhood & Out-of-School Learning is collecting market rate information. This information provides an average cost of care for your county and helps to determine the CCDF reimbursement rates for your county. It is important to ensure we have the most up to date rate information. (NOTE: Rate information is never shared with families looking for care. Rate information is strictly used for data purposes.)

Update your file by clicking here

or to update by phone call Kristi at 800-886-3952 ext 38

Need ILEAD help? Having trouble accepting your invitation? Need assistance learning to navigate ILEAD?

We can help! Reach out to our Program Support Specialist Kristi at 800-886-3952 ext. 38 or kburkhart@casyonline.org. If you have any questions about how to activate your account or if you are not receiving your invitations, we can help! We can assist you in getting your account started, understanding how to navigate I-LEAD, inviting staff, finding professional development, and more.

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Need to Know Who to Contact for CCDF?

Navigating the changes to the early childhood system in Indiana can be difficult. Who should you call for questions about CCDF? Where can you refer parents to apply for CCDF? Click on the map to find out what agency is now serving your area.
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Paths to QUALITY Advancement:

Level 4:

Lil' Tigers Academy

Level 3:

Southside Elementary PreK

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Mandatory Training Opportunities

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Other Professional Development Opportunities

Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Behavior, by Barbara Kaiser

March 25, 2020


Trauma in young children is much more pervasive—and much more destructive—than we ever thought. The research on trauma has made it clear that children’s challenging behavior is not intentional, but is instead driven by fear and a protective strategy for coping with their experience. Working with children with challenging behavior and especially those who’ve experienced trauma is probably the most stressful aspect of the teaching profession which can result in secondary traumatic stress (STS), the symptoms of which can mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Click here to learn more.

Indiana Academy for Out of School Learning

Have you learned about the IN Academy? Take advantage of this awesome, on-the-go and accessible PD at your fingertips!

Click Here to learn more!

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The Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning is Indiana’s premiere conference designed exclusively for out-of-school time program providers. The 9th annual Summit will bring together youth programs, schools, and community partners to connect, learn new ideas, access valuable resources, and transform learning beyond the school day for Indiana’s youth.

Join over 600 participants to experience:

  • Inspiring keynote speakers
  • Special evening Networking Reception
  • Spectacular Exhibit Hall
  • Champion Awards for outstanding programming

Click here to find out more or register!

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2020 Indiana Early Childhood Conference

May 7th – 9th | 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Indiana Convention Center

The Indiana Early Childhood Conference brings together leading educators and presenters from across the nation. Be inspired and take-away valuable knowledge and insight to help you and your program succeed.


Click here to learn more or register

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November 9-10, 2020

Bloomington, IN

Preschoolers lives are filled with rapid changes and transitions and each child grows and develops in individual ways. Some children need extra support for optimal growth during this time of significant development and the field of early childhood special education ensures the provision of these services.

Therefore, The Indiana Department of Education Office of Special Education, the Early Childhood Center at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Purdue University, and the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children are joining together to host a new conference geared towards teachers, special education administrators, therapists, and family members of children with disabilities.

We are excited to have Dr. Rosemarie Allen, president of the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence and Dr. Laura Justice, executive director of the Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning at The Ohio State University as our keynote speakers. Our breakout sessions will examine social emotional growth; language and literacy development; the topics of transition, inclusion and family engagement; and finally, supporting children from diverse backgrounds.

For registration information click here.

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CDA Renewal Amnesty Program


Council is celebrating 45 years of the CDA! To celebrate, the Council will offer a limited-time CDA credential expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010, an opportunity to complete the renewal process and make their credential active again. Click here to learn more.
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Additional Resources

Instead of Discipline, Use Guidance

We all know that we shouldn’t punish young children when they exhibit challenging behaviors. The children in our preschool classrooms are just beginning to learn the complex skills of getting along with others. These are skills that we humans work on our entire lives.

Children are going to have disagreements—sometimes dramatic ones—as they interact with others. They really don’t “know better” because they haven’t learned the “better” yet. After all, a 4-year-old has only 48 months of on-the-ground experience! It’s our job to teach children positive lessons from their mistakes—and to make sure we don’t hold their mistakes against them.

Learn tips to using guidance here.

Job Description Templates for Child Care Directors & Teachers

A well-written job description is important in recruiting the most qualified applicants, but where do you start. This article provides tips and outlines to begin writing job descriptions for your employees.

Use the templates provided to get started and customize to details that are relevant for your business: Click here for more information

Rocking and Rolling: It's Never "Just Play"!

Twenty-two-month-old Shane and 27-month-old Kara are playing nap time in the dramatic play area. As their caregiver Vivian watches, Kara tells Shane they are going to play nap time and asks him to get his blanket from his cubby. Then Kara turns to Vivian and says, “Can we get some mats out, so we can play nap time?” Vivian says, “How many mats do you need?” Kara looks at Shane, then herself. She holds up two fingers and says, “Two, one for me and one for Shane.” Vivian gets two mats and asks, “Where would you like them?” Kara points to an area in the dramatic play space. To read more click here.

Celebrate CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) Week, March 15-21, 2020

CACFP Week is brought to you by the letters...


Click here for CACFP Week Resources


What is CACFP Week?
CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign sponsored annually the third week of March by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger. The CACFP brings healthy foods to tables across the country for children in child care centers, homes, and afterschool programs as well as adults in day care.

What does CACFP mean to children and families?

Research shows that child care providers who participate in the CACFP offer more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats than providers who do not participate in the CACFP. These high quality meals mean children are getting many of the nutrients needed to stay healthy, happy and active. These meals are also being served in an atmosphere that creates a positive attitude about a healthy and well balanced diet from the earliest years. Participation for child care providers means not only are healthy meals and snacks are served but other requirements such as food safety regulations, child to staff ratios and other health guidelines are being followed. Also to participate in the CACFP child care providers are continually monitored and held to high health and nutrition standards which benefits all children and families enrolled in these CACFP child care programs.

Celebrate CACFP Week by: Trying a new recipe

Big Bird’s Happy Day Sunrise Smoothie


2 cups plain yogurt

2 cups pineapple juice

16 oz bag frozen pineapple


Add all ingredients to a blender, mix on high until smooth. Serve ½ cup per child immediately as a frosty or let sit five minutes before serving. CACFP Breakfast crediting: 8 servings of meat alternative and fruit for ages 1-5 years

Serving healthier birthday/celebration alternatives,

Fruity Banana Split


3 bananas

1 ½ cups of low-fat vanilla yogurt

2 cups of cubed fruit and berries of choice


Cut the banana in half lengthwise and then again across middle of two halves for four total slices per banana. Add ¼ cup of yogurt to bowl place a banana slice on each side and top with fruit mixture.

Trying new foods,

Replace one item in a classic meal with a new food can lead to trying and liking new foods. Other tips to get kids to try new foods: Involve children in meal prep, Build trying new foods into lesson plans, Pick new fruits and vegetables that are in season, Change how they eat for example use chopsticks instead of a fork, Make meals more colorful and fun, Keep it simple and Be patient.

Other National CACFP Week and National Nutrition Month resources:





What the CDC says You Need to Know about the Coronavirus 2019

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread has been reported outside China, including in the United States and other locations. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China. In addition, other destinations have apparent community spread, meaning some people have been infected who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.

Learn more about the virus by clicking here.

For a printable resource from the CDC click here.