CASY Family Newsletter

November 2022

The CASY office will be closed:

Friday, November 11th - Veteran's Day

Thursday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday

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.

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.

Post COVID Language Delays & Timely Services ~ Wednesday, January 11th at 11am

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists as we welcome Jessica Downing, speech therapist and owner of Clarity Cognitive & Speech Therapy. More information to come.

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.

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Understanding and Responding to Children Who Bite

Biting is a typical behavior often seen in infants, toddlers, and 2-year olds. As children mature, gain self-control, and develop problem-solving skills, they usually outgrow this behavior. While not uncommon, biting can be an upsetting and potentially harmful behavior. It’s best to discourage it from the very first episode. This article will help you to understand the reasons young children bite and give you some ideas and strategies for responding appropriately.

Read more here.

Fall Activities For Babies & Kids

Celebrate the Season with these Fun Family Activities!

Make the most of the fall with these ideas — and the kinds of warm family interactions that make this cozy time of year a special experience.

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Winter Car Seat Safety Tips from the AAP

Winter is a tricky time for car seats. As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat.

In a car crash, fluffy padding in a coat immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. A child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat.

Here are some tips to help strike that perfect balance between keeping little ones warm as well as safely buckled in their car seats.

Healthy Habits to Help Protect Against Flu

The single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. Click here for more.

Hand Washing: A Powerful Antidote to Illness

How many times have you and your child washed your hands today? You might not have given it much thought. It’s either part of your routine, done frequently without thinking, or maybe you don’t do it much at all. But as your pediatrician may have told you, hand washing may be the single most important act you and your child have for disease prevention. Read more here.

Big Jobs At Home

Young children love to help out, but many times we don’t let them. Why? Because we think it’s easier—and faster—to do everyday jobs ourselves. Your child might take 15 minutes to finish a job you can do in one minute. But in 15 minutes your child can learn a lot!

Big Jobs are indoor and outdoor jobs children do with their families (or others) that help the whole family. They include tasks like setting the table, planting flowers, and tidying up when visitors are coming. To adults they might seem like simple tasks, but Big Jobs carry big rewards—for your child and your entire family. Learn more here.

Vaping: What Parents Should Know

Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). It’s common among teens.

By learning about vaping, parents can:

  • Talk to their kids about its health risks.
  • Recognize if their child might be vaping.
  • Get help for kids who are vaping.

Learn more here.

Looking for Fun Holiday Activities?

Click on any of the photos below to visit websites listing local, holiday activities and events. Just note, some lists are still a work in progress and will be updated as information becomes available.

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

Firefly CCDF offices will be closed Thursday, November 10th

Firefly Children & Family Alliance's CCDF Subsidy Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 10th for staff professional development. They will reopen for regular business hours on Friday, November 11th.

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!