Family Newsletter

May 2020

Looking for Child Care?

We offer referrals to early education programs

We provide resources that meet your identified needs

We help navigate the process

Contact a Family Engagement Specialist at 800-886-3952

CASY is the Child Care Resource and Referral agency serving your community.

We promote quality child care and early learning experiences for all children.

Identifying Quality Care

Quality comes first in your search for child care, preschool, pre-K and school-age care. You want your child to have a safe, warm and brain-building environment. Thankfully, programs like Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY™ system can help you connect with quality care.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to look for.

Click here to find information on the factors that ensure safety and quality. As you look for a great program, be sure to ask about them about each of these areas.

Upcoming Family Webinars

Child's First Teacher: May 14th, 10-10:30am

Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists 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.

Register here

Challenging Behaviors: May 21st, 2-2:30pm

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.

Register here

Effective Positive Guidance: May 28th, 2-2:30pm

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists while we 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.

Register here

During our June webinars, we are going to dive into developmental milestones. Stay tuned for more information

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Supporting Children’s Mental Health During COVID-19

Many parents around the world have been adjusting to a new way of living since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Many families are now together all day with no school and parents working from home. With such significant disruptions to their lives, children can have a difficult time understanding and processing why all of these major changes are happening.

Through all of this, it is important to keep a close eye on your child’s mental health. After all, this is a lot for a child to process! Read more here.

Self-Care for Parents

Any time you travel on an airplane, the flight attendants announce that if the oxygen masks drop down, you should first put on your own mask, and ‘then assist small children.’ This is good parenting advice for life in general. Yes, our children have many needs that need to be met, and even more desires they would like you to fulfill. But in order to have the energy to care for them, you need to make sure that you’re also taking care of yourself! Take a few whiffs of parenting oxygen now and then, and it will help to rejuvenate you.

Click here for some tips for what to do when you’re “running on empty.”

10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

Social emotional learning (SEL) strengthens us as individuals and as communities, especially during uncertain times. When we practice and build our skills in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building and decision making, we are better equipped to navigate stressors, anxieties, and challenges. We can solve problems and work together to function at a higher level—in the classroom, at work and at home. Read more here.

Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19

​​T​o protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the CDC now recommends ​cloth face coverings be used when outside. But what about children? Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help Your Child Get Organized

Most kids generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might flit from one thing to the next — forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started.

You'd like them to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible?

Yes! A few kids seem naturally organized, but for the rest, organization is a skill learned over time. With help and some practice, kids can develop an effective approach to getting stuff done.

And you're the perfect person to teach your child, even if you don't feel all that organized yourself! Click here to read more!

At-Home Exercises for Kids

With most families stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring that kids get their daily exercise in can be quite the challenge. While at-home exercises have become increasingly popular for adults to keep active, not a lot of attention has been given towards getting the kids moving at home as well.

Click here to find a collection of fun and easy-to-follow exercise videos designed just for preschoolers and school-age children. Ranging from low to high intensity, each one will challenge your kiddo in unique ways to get moving in creative ways and let out their energy while building strength and stamina.

Teaching Children How to Follow Directions

Teaching children how to follow directions can be a frustrating endeavor. One reason is that we rarely break directions into a simple step-by-step process. Often, we rattle off directions to our children and expect them to immediately get with the program.

In education, teachers are taught how to scaffold lessons to ensure student success. Scaffolding is a process where teachers break down information into digestible chunks. They model how to think about information, or they demonstrate how to solve a problem. Then, teachers support students through the process. Teachers are available to reteach parts of the lesson as needed, positive correction is provided and questions are encouraged. As students demonstrate mastery, the teacher pulls back accordingly and the students become independent problem-solvers of similar problems.

Click here to learn more about scaffolding in parenting.

Gardening with Young Children

Do you have fond memories of growing things as a child—planting marigolds in a cup for mother’s day or spending time with grandpa digging carrots in the garden?

Don’t miss the chance to pass these experiences on to your children! Whether you have the space to dig up a garden bed in your yard or just utilize a sunny window sill, May is a perfect time of year to start growing things.

This article offers some practical advice on how to get started.

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