CASY Family Newsletter

March 2021

For personalized support in finding child care, contact CASY, Child Care Resource and Referral, Family Engagement Specialists at 800-886-3952 and choose option 2.

You can also complete the referral request form by clicking here.

Our Family Engagement Specialists will follow up with you by the next business day when you submit the online form.

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Preventing Child Abuse: Knowing the Signs ~ April 6th at 11am

Every parent should know how to identify possible signs of child abuse and what to do if he or she suspects abuse has occurred. Join Elisa Worland, licensed social worker and health & human sciences educator with Purdue Extension to learn how to protect and support your child.

Register here.

What to Look for in a Quality Summer Program ~ April 15th at 12:30pm

Join us as we welcome back Keith Monfreda from Indiana Afterschool Network to discuss quality summer programs for your child. During this session, Keith will share what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your children.

Register here.

Breastfeeding ~ April 23rd at 12:30pm

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists in welcoming Shelbey Rea from ICAP - Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) as she discusses breastfeeding during this Guest Presenter Family Webinar.

Register here.

Did you miss this webinar? Click the flyer below to watch the recording!

Language Delays in Toddlers: Information for Parents

Your baby is able to communicate with you long before he or she speaks a single word! A baby's cry, smile, and responses to you help you to understand his or her needs. Click here to learn how children communicate and what to do when there are concerns about delays in development.

Are Your Children Getting Enough Physical Activity?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids 6 years and older get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity​ on most days of the week. This can come from walking to and from school, for example, or a sports practice.

With many schools closed and sports seasons canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic​, it can be more challenging for children to stay active. But even as children stay home more, active play such as hopscotch, jumping rope or a game of tag can help keep kids healthy and fit. Active play comes naturally to kids and has many proven health benefits: better sleep​, improved mood, increased focus, healthy muscles and bones, fundamental strength and coordination development, relaxation and resilience, building social skills.

Are your children getting enough physical activity each day?

This Physical Activity Checker is here to help! Start by entering your child's name. Type in the name of the activity, how long your child does the activity, and the intensity. Enter as many activities as you wish. The stopwatch will calculate the minutes for each activity and let you know when you hit 60 minutes. Add more family members and check their activities, too!

How To Teach Kids To Be A 'Helper'

Here's some expert-backed advice for parents who want their children to be positive forces in their communities.

Mister Rogers famously told children to “look for the helpers” ― the people in this world who work to assist others and spread goodness, even (or especially) in challenging times.

But you don’t have to be a grown-up to be a helper. Kids can play this role too. In fact, learning to be a helper from a young age is one way children thrive and develop into adults who want to make the world a better place. Learn more here.

Everything You Need to Consider Before Having Another Child

In many ways, deciding whether to have another child is even harder than deciding on having the first one. It’s a lot more complex than asking “Do we want more children and do we have enough money?” Adding another child is almost like creating a whole new family again. Here are some things you should consider as you ponder this difficult choice.

Guiding Children by Using Questions

Asking children questions is a way to guide them toward healthy behaviors by helping them think about what they do—and what effect they have on others. Over the course of many years, children who receive lots of gentle reminders—often in the form of questions—develop the ability to think about behaviors before doing them. For families, it can be hard to remain patient and calm as a toddler grabs a toy from a playmate or a 5-year-old throws a snack she doesn’t like on the floor. It can be tempting to punish children to quickly put a stop to their behavior—but punishment often teaches children little about better alternative behaviors and it runs the risk of emotional harm. Read more here.

YouTube’s ‘supervised experiences’ help parents choose what content their kids can see

Aimed to help parents with children who are too old for the Kids app but too young for complete access

YouTube is announcing “supervised experiences,” a new set of restrictions that allows parents to better control what content their children can access on the streaming video platform. According to a blog post, YouTube hopes the filters will help parents slowly introduce their older children to age-appropriate content and features outside of the YouTube Kids app. The program will launch first with an early beta, with a wider beta rolling out “in the coming months.” Find more information here.

Helping Kids Express Their Emotions

Expressing emotions and having them accepted and validated is important for both children and grown-ups. And there’s a whole spectrum of emotions to feel! While many grown-ups view emotions as good or bad, the truth is that emotions are not good or bad — they just are. Emotions are a gift. To be a well-balanced individual who experiences the full range of human experiences, we will eventually experience the full range of emotions that come along with that existence.

The problem or challenge is this: Emotions can be a big experience, and children may not yet know how to handle them. And if a grown-up didn’t have the experience of learning to express their emotions as a child, it can feel like a tough task to help our children express their emotions. How can we help them do something if we have little to no experience with it?

Here are a few steps to follow to help your children express their emotions.

March 26th is Social-Emotional Learning Day

10+ Social Emotional Activities for Home

Social emotional learning isn’t just something that should be practiced and taught at school. SEL skills are life skills, of course! These include skills like empathy, self-control, and decision-making. Click here for social-emotional activities for children.
Take Your Child to a Live Performance

Family friendly live performances are a wonderful introduction for your child into the world of performing arts. Here are some tips to help children prepare for visits to performance venues.

Making a Rain Gauge

There's no better way to learn about the weather than to observe it and experience it first hand. Keep track of your local precipitation with a simple rain gauge made from a clear plastic bottle. If you calibrate it carefully, you can take quite accurate readings. Click here for more details.