CASY Family Newsletter

October 2022


Healthy Attachment and Its Impact

NEW DATE: November 17th at 12:30pm

Join us to learn what Attachment Theory is and what you as parents and caregivers can do to help build and strengthen that bond with your child(ren).

Register here.

Separation and Loss ~ Thursday, November 3rd at 1pm

Join CASY's Family Engagement as we discuss how to help your child process and understand loss as well as recognizing behaviors that result from grief.

Register here.

Family Bonding ~ Tuesday, December 6th at 1pm

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists during this workshop as we explore expectations and processes to encourage bonding throughout different types of families.

Register here.

Recording: Child's First Teacher

Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists, during this family workshop, as we share the “why” behind being your child’s first and most important teacher. We will explore brain development and ways you can provide optimal experiences for your young child.

Click here for the recording.

Recording: Effective Positive Guidance

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.

Watch the recording.

Inside an Evaluation for Learning Disorders

Dr. Matthew Cruger walks us through the process

If your child is struggling in school, the first step to getting help is an evaluation. A learning evaluation can give you and your child’s teachers valuable information about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. It can also tell you what kind of support would be helpful. A full evaluation is necessary for a child to be diagnosed with a learning disorder. Read more here.

Understanding Dysgraphia

How to help kids who struggle with learning to write

Dysgraphia is a learning disorder that impairs one’s ability to write. Like all learning disabilities, it in no way means that your child isn’t smart, creative, and capable of success. In fact, with the right support, kids with dysgraphia can learn to write and do very well in school. Learn more here.

Quirky Kids: Understanding & Supporting a Child with Developmental Differences

You're worried about a child you love. There's something different, something off, something eccentric, something quirky. You want to understand what's going on, and most of all, you want to help.

Your job as a parent is to help your child grow and develop and learn and thrive. To do that job properly, you have to understand your child as an individual, quirks and all. Learn more here.

Good Oral Health Starts Early

Tooth decay (dental caries or cavities) is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the United States. The good news is there are ways to prevent it.

Even the tiniest teeth can decay. There are habits you can start now to keep your baby's teeth healthy. And when that first tooth shows up, there are ways your pediatrician can keep it healthy, too. Here is what you need to know.

Getting Mobile

Crawling, cruising, walking, running. Once your baby is up and moving, they are a force to be reckoned with. Here’s how to balance your dual role as safety officer and fellow explorer.

SPOOKY FUN ON A BUDGET: Affordable Halloween Activities for Kids

Halloween should be a time for scary sights, not scary prices. You shouldn’t feel like you have to break the bank to bring your kids a fun Halloween season. In this article, we’ll give you tips on how to have an affordable and fun Halloween for the whole family. Read more here.

Bake “Get Out the Mad” Cookies

How do you talk with your children about managing their feelings? This activity encourages children to knead and pound dough as one way to talk through and deal with feelings like anger and frustration. Tip: The cookies taste better the more you pound on the dough!

Find the recipe here.

Upcoming Events

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Supporting the whole family

Families, teachers and children are better together. That’s why the Child Care Resource and Referral Network is proud to serve as a navigator for families, expertly assisting them in finding high-quality child care and connecting them with additional opportunities to meet their needs.

Is your family struggling to make ends meet? Could you or someone you know use assistance with paying for utilities, accessing a food pantry, or connecting to job training or employment services? Call 800-886-3952, ext 2. to learn more!

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!