CASY Family Newsletter

June 2022

Potty Time! ~ Thursday, June 23rd @ 12:30pm

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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Challenging Behaviors ~ Thursday, June 30th @ 1pm

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.

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Sunshine, Swimming & Safe Summer Days RECORDING

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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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.

Watch the recording here.

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.

Read more here.

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 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.

Coming Together:

Talking to Children about Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Sesame Street: Let's Celebrate Juneteenth Song | Power of We Club

Math Talk with Infants and Toddlers

Children develop math concepts and skills very early in life. From the moment they are born, babies begin to form ideas about math through everyday experiences and, most important, through interactions with trusted adults. Language—how we talk with infants and toddlers about math ideas like more, empty, and full—matters. Read more here.

Message in a Backpack™ Developing Your Preschooler’s Spatial Thinking

Research suggests that preschoolers’ early mathematics learning—including spatial-thinking skills—is related to later success in both reading and math. Spatial thinking involves children learning to navigate through their environment, to use maps and diagrams to solve problems, and to follow directions. These skills are linked to later achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, and these skills grow tremendously between the ages of 3 and 5. Here are some tips for supporting your preschooler’s spatial thinking!

Financial Assistance for Summer Care

Tuition assistance for Families with School Age Children

The Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, in partnership with the Indiana Afterschool Network, is offering summer scholarships to families who work in essential businesses to access high-quality summer programs and camps. These summer scholarships may cover up to 80% of summer tuition until August 12 for school-age children ages 5-12 who are enrolled in summer learning programs. The child must be age 5 and plan to attend kindergarten in the fall. Click here to learn more!

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

The state of Indiana provided the temporary benefit of paying your copay to help reduce your family's financial stress using COVID-19 relief funds provided by Congress. This message is to remind you that the benefit ended April 2022, and beginning Monday, May 2, 2022, you have been required to pay the weekly copay amount to your provider once again. You may access your account to see what your copay amount is at If you do not have access to this or have additional questions, please speak with your provider. If your provider can't help, please contact your eligibility office.

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!