CASY Family Newsletter

August 2022

Effective Positive Guidance ~ Thursday, August 25th @ 1pm

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists while we will focus on defining positive guidance, replacing misbehavior and helping children be more cooperative. We will look at understanding the difference between discipline and punishment to assist with changing the negative patterns in children’s behavior. By focusing on the positive, you will find more joy as a parent.

Register here.

RECORDING: Potty Time!

Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists to learn tips on knowing when your child is ready and strategies to help your child be successful with toilet training.

Click here for the recording.

RECORDING: Challenging Behaviors

Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss challenging behaviors and how to handle them. Children are still learning how to regulate their emotions and how to respond appropriately, which can create challenges if the child is not properly supported. We will take a look at what messages your child may be trying to send, potential causes, and prevention techniques.

Watch the recording here.

Spark Your Child’s Imagination With Clifford

Has your child ever decided to become a pirate for a day? Pretended to go on a mission to Mars? Decided it would be fun to be a cowpoke by herding cats? Played with her giant red dog that’s bigger than a house?

If so, she’s a lot like Emily Elizabeth — Clifford’s best friend and faithful companion!

Emily Elizabeth’s strong imagination helps her go on all sorts of fun adventures, using only the power of her mind. And while Emily Elizabeth is just an imaginary character, the power of imagination can actually have all sorts of real-world, grown-up benefits.

Read more here.

Six Self-Care Activities for Kids

Kids of all ages require time to relax, refresh and recharge, especially as they get older and more active in school or extracurricular activities. Self-care activities for children, along with their families, can help them slow down and relax while hopefully feeling less tired, stressed or anxious.

Participating in self-care activities at a young age can help children develop a routine that will benefit them as they grow and even into adulthood. That sense of routine teaches children how to care for themselves and develops the skills they need to stay healthy mentally, physically and emotionally.

Here are six self-care activities to take part in with your children that can create healthy habits as they develop.

5 Secrets to a Smarter Baby: School Readiness Can Start Now

As parents, we all want happy, healthy babies. Not only that, we want them to be smart.

Growing research in early brain development shows there are some basic things you can do right now to start raising a child who is curious about the world and ready to learn. These early education activities we're talking about are simple―and screen free! Read more here.

13 Tips for Starting Preschool

Is your child entering a preschool program for the first time? Use these tips to help both you and your child make a smooth transition.

Personal Stories to Help Children Get Ready for School

For some children, getting ready to start school is exciting and fun. Nevertheless, the start of the school year can also be overwhelming and anxiety provoking for children who are fearful when anticipating new situations.

What can families do to help prepare their child for school?

Back to School

Whether their summer was jam-packed with activities or filled with complaints about being bored with nothing to do, kids often have a tough time making the back-to-school transition. Click here to read ways to assist the children in your life.
How to Help Children Calm Down

Shoes for Active Toddlers

In the early months, babies' feet develop best if they're not confined in shoes; socks are all that's needed to keep their feet warm; however, once children start walking outdoors, they need shoes for protection. Click here for more information.

Toys as Tools: Everyday Science Experiences

Young children don't need highly specialized or expensive equipment to learn how to explore the natural world scientifically. They do need, as Rachel Carson mused in The Sense of Wonder, “the companionship of at least one adult who can share it.”

Simple toys and tools can engage children as they explore natural phenomena in ways that will support their later science learning. Adults who allow children to play and work through small difficulties by themselves support children as they build an understanding of how the world works. Resist the temptation to “fix it” or “make it go faster” or “use it the right way,” and you will build your child’s self-confidence and problem-solving ability. Read more here.

For personalized support in finding a child care program that best meets your family's needs,

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.

Click below to find your county's CCDF Eligibility Office

Many Hoosier families have either lost jobs or left the workforce due to COVID-19. From the job search to the interview, it takes time to find a job, and it’s even more difficult to do it with children at home to care for. To help, Indiana is providing temporary child care assistance so Hoosier parents can spend their time focusing on getting back to work. Families who qualify for On My Way PreK or CCDF financial support are also eligible job searching, participating in job training programs, interviewing, completing employment requirements and getting settled in their new job.

  • Want to learn more about temporary child care assistance for job-seeking Hoosier families? Click here!