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Environment Rating Scale info. and tips - August 2014

7 Ways To Get Dads Involved In Your Child Care Program

Over the years, I have noticed that it is easier to get the mothers involved in my program. In fact, it seems like the dads prefer that the moms get involved. However, after holding a Donuts with Dads event at my childcare facility and watching the effect that the event had on the children, I have decided to compel the dads to get more involved in my facility.

Today I am going to share with you 7 ways to get the dads involved in your program:

  1. Get to know your dads by talking with them on a regular basis
  2. Ask dads for their opinion about program events or policies
  3. Invite dads to host an annual car wash to help raise funds for your program
  4. Dad love sports, so be sure to plan sports related days such as: baseball cap day,etc.
  5. Host a super bowl event for dads at your facility
  6. Ask dads to donate male related items for the dramatic play area(s)
  7. Invite the dads to come by your home or center to talk with the children about their profession

This is just a small list of ways to get the dads involved in your program. Moreover, I believe that when dads get involved in your program, that it will compel more single dads to bring their children to your program and the kids will be so proud of their dads!

With Dads in Mind,


Shiketa Morgan (2013) www.childcarebusinessowner.com

Child Hot Car Deaths: Know the Facts and What You Can Do To Prevent It

* Most deaths occur because a child is accidentally forgotten in the backseat
- Forgotten daycare drop-off is the #1 cause of child hot car deaths
- A change in routine increases the risk
- Kids less than 2 are at highest risk

*30% of deaths occur because a child gains access to an unlocked vehicle

*The temperature inside a vehicle increases more than 40 degrees in less than an hour

*PREVENT child hot car deaths!
- Make a daycare drop-off confirmation plan (RayRay's Pledge)
- LOOK before you LOCK
- Call 911 if you see a kid alone in a car

For more info and to take the pledge visit www.rayrayspledge.com
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SPOTLIGHT ON ACTIVITIES: Using Books

Giving infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children many opportunities to develop a close and enjoyable relationship with books is a vital first step towards literacy. Providers play an important role in preparing children for a life of language and literacy by making many appropriate books accessible to them and by sharing the joy of reading with them.


Note: Read books daily with individual children or very small groups (outside of circle and formal reading times).


Using Books Items:

  • Infants and Toddlers: Sturdy vinyl, cloth or hard-page books with pictures suitable for infants and toddlers
  • Preschool: Store bought or homemade books of all reading levels and additional storytelling materials such as puppets, flannel board stories and recorded stories.
  • School-Age: Books on different reading levels (including chapter books), dictionaries, encyclopedia, story tapes and CD's and language games (Scrabble, Pictionary, crossword puzzles, etc.).


How many and when?

  • Infants and Toddlers: At least 12 appropriate infant/toddler books (no less than 2 for each child in the group) accessible daily
  • Preschool: At least 20 appropriate books for a group of up to 15 children (one extra book for each child over that number) accessible daily
  • School-Age: Many appropriate books and language games accessible daily


Above and beyond: Relate books to current themes or interests in the classroom and rotate books at least monthly. Set up a book area for toddlers to use on their own. Take school-age children to the library, encourage them to bring books from home, and help them create their own written material (poems, newspapers, etc.).


Harms T., Clifford R. M., Cryer, D., (1996-2013) ITERS-R, ECERS-R, FCCERS-R and SACERS

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