CASY Family Newsletter
Potty Time! ~ Thursday, June 23rd @ 12:30pm
Challenging Behaviors ~ Thursday, June 30th @ 1pm
Sunshine, Swimming & Safe Summer Days RECORDING
Breathe: Steps to Protect Your Kids from Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke RECORDING
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.
Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
In the wake of a traumatic event, your comfort, support and reassurance can make children feel safe, help them manage their fears, guide them through their grief, and help them recover in a healthy way. This guide was assembled by psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts who specialize in crisis situations. It offers simple tips on what to expect, what to do and what to look out for. If you or your children require assistance from a mental health professional, do not hesitate to ask a doctor or other health care provider for a recommendation. Click here to see the guide.
Talking With Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
After any disaster or crisis, families struggle with what they should say to children and what's best not to share with them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can understand, adjust to and cope with.
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
As a parent, you may be struggling with how to talk with your children about a community shooting at a school or elsewhere. It is important to remember that children look to their parents to make them feel safe. This is true no matter what ages your children are, be they toddlers, adolescents or even young adults.
Consider these tips for helping your children manage their distress.
1000 Hours Outside: Helping Children Succeed Academically
What would childhood look like if children spent as much time outdoors as they do in front of screens? If kids spend, on average, 1,200 hours a year on screens, then spending 1,000 hours outdoors seems like a reasonable challenge. The 1000 Hours Outside Challenge is the brainchild of homeschooling mom, Ginny Yurich. For more tips and strategies on increasing outdoor time for your children, click here.
How to Help Kids Who Have Trouble Sleeping
There are several ways to say goodbye to bad nights
It’s frustrating for parents when a kid can’t go to sleep or stay asleep without help. But there are steps you can take to move your child to sleeping on their own. Click here to learn more.
Picky Eating: What’s Normal and What’s Not
Kids with a serious aversion to many foods may need help with food habits and overcoming avoidance
Lots of kids are picky eaters. Often, they grow out of it. But sometimes picky eating becomes a real problem. Kids can eat so little or so few different foods that it starts to affect their health or their daily lives. And it’s frustrating for parents.
Serious picky eating happens for a few reasons. Some kids smell and taste flavors more intensely than other people and that turns them off of a lot of foods. Some kids have anxiety about food or specific foods. The longer a child’s picky eating habits go on, the harder it is to get them to eat foods they’ve been avoiding. Read more here.
Math Talk with Infants and Toddlers
Message in a Backpack™ Developing Your Preschooler’s Spatial Thinking
Financial Assistance for Summer Care
Tuition assistance for Families with School Age Children
ATTENTION: Current Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Recipients
Families enrolled in the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship program may qualify for CCDF vouchers under newly expanded eligibility guidelines, helping them continue working and sending their children to high-quality care. Contact your provider to find out if your family qualifies.
CCDF Voucher Information
CCDF Families Resumed Paying Copays on May 2, 2022
Same CCDF Eligibility Office, New Name!!
Children’s Bureau and Families First merged in April 2021 and have been working consistently since to redefine themselves as a new, combined agency. They have recently announced their new name: Firefly Children & Family Alliance.
They will continue to provide CCDF services - just look for the new name in any future correspondence.
Click below to find your county's CCDF Eligibility Office
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.
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!
- Ready to apply? Click here!