CASY Family Newsletter

July 2022

Kindergarten Readiness: Supporting your Child's Learning at Home ~ Thursday, July 28th @ 1pm

Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss what you can do at home to ensure your child is learning, understanding the lessons, and growing their developing brain as they start school.

Register here.

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.

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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.

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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.

RECORDING: Sunshine, Swimming & Safe Summer Days

As the weather warms up and we head into the summer, more time will be spent outside enjoying the sun. Whether you are traveling somewhere new or staying home for the summer, we want to make sure we all stay safe and healthy. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss ways to keep kids safe while they have fun.

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RECORDING: Breathe- Steps to Protect Your Kids from Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke

View this workshop recording and hear tips and tricks from the Vigo Co. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coordinator on how to protect your children from the #1 cause of asthma attacks in kids - secondhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke and marjiuana exposure were also discussed.

Watch the recording here.

Excessive Heat: Keeping Kids Safe When Temperatures Soar

Usually, playing and exercising outside boosts a child's physical and mental health in many ways. However, a heat index at or above 90°F, as identified by the National Weather Service, poses a significant health risk.

High temperatures and extreme heat can cause children to become sick very quickly in several ways. It can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke​, which is a medical emergency. High heat can also contribute to irritability both for children and their caregivers. And with extreme heat increasing in areas of the United States due to climate change, "eco-anxiety" can cause emotional distress.

To protect your child from the heat as much as possible, watch for symptoms, and call your pediatrician if you see any develop. Learn more here.

Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars

​A child left in a hot car--or who gets into an unlocked vehicle unnoticed--can die of heat stroke very quickly. Dozens of U.S. children lose their lives this way each year. But these tragedies can be prevented.

Here is what parents need to know about the danger of hot cars, and steps they can take to help keep their children safe

Lawn Mower Safety

In the U.S., more than 9,000 children go to the emergency room for lawn mower-related injuries every year.

Power mowers can be especially dangerous. However, most lawn mower-related injuries can be prevented by following these safety guidelines.

Read more important safety information here.

How to Build Independence in Preschoolers

Helping youngsters develop skills — and a sense of self

Young children love to do things for themselves — even when it makes life harder for their parents. Here are some tips to help your preschooler build independence, while keeping your own frustration to a minimum.

THE ULTIMATE Kindergarten Preparation Checklist

You may be thinking that time flies if your child is about to go into kindergarten. Whether this next step feels exciting or overwhelming, you can tackle the preparation process by focusing on developmental areas such as creativity, independence, cognitive learning and emotions. Help your child have a smooth transition with these few simple and fun activities! Click here.

Choking Prevention

Choking can be prevented. Food accounts for over 50% of choking episodes. But, also, parents should be alert for small objects that can cause choking, such as coins, buttons, and small toys. Check under furniture and between cushions for small items that children could find and put in their mouths.

Toys are designed to be used by children within a certain age range. Age guidelines take into account the safety of a toy based on any possible choking hazard. Don’t let young children play with toys designed for older children. Read more here.

How Are Imported Baby Formulas Different?

To help ease the national shortage of baby formula, the U.S. government has been importing several brands that weren't previously sold here. If you see them in your grocery stores or pharmacy, rest assured that they've been brought in based on special regulations and review to make sure they meet safety and nutritional standards. However, there are some important differences to remember when preparing these formulas. Read more here.

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Social Problem Solving: How to Help Your Eight-Year-Old Build Social Problem-Solving Skills

At age eight, kids develop stronger and more stable friendships and social conflict among friends becomes inevitable. In fact, kids are more likely to have conflict with close friends than with acquaintances because they spend more time with friends and have to negotiate different opinions, temperaments, and styles of play. The good news is kids this age are highly motivated to solve these social problems because they care about the relationships. As parents, we can help children learn to collaborate, cooperate, communicate, negotiate, self-advocate, and respect others. 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!