CASY Family Newsletter

September 2022

Child's First Teacher ~ Thursday, September 22nd at 12:30pm

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.

Register here.

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.

RECORDING: Potty Time!

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.

Click here for the recording.

RECORDING: Challenging Behaviors

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.

Watch the recording here.

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Healthy, Fit Families

Children need to move their bodies and eat healthy foods. Families can promote healthy habits by encouraging children to eat nutritious foods and get some exercise every day. Here are some suggestions.

Three Ways to Help Your Child Build Better Friendships

How can parents support their children’s friendships through different ages and stages? As children grow, so do their abilities to build friendships. Here’s how to guide your kids as they grow and make new friends along the way!

How Grandparents Can Provide Early Learning Support

Bonding opportunities between grandparents and their grandchildren are plenty. If grandparents are not the primary caretaker of a child, they can dedicate all of their time together to fun and enjoyment.

While parents are a child’s first and best teacher, grandparents are not far behind. They can play the role of teacher, caregiver or friend to little learners while also being a trusted advisor for their own children and new parents. A grandparent’s love and support for their children and grandchildren can have a big impact on healthy development in young children.

Click here for a few important things grandparents can share with the newest generations to support early learning.

Healthy Digital Media Use: Create a Personalized Plan for Your Family

Media is everywhere, and managing it all can be tough. Creating a Family Media Plan can help you and your children set media priorities that matter most to your family. Revise your plan as often as you need to, such as at the beginning of each school year or during summer and holiday breaks.​

Click here for more.

Your Child’s First Phone: Are They Ready?

Deciding when to give your child their first phone can be a source of anxiety. Smartphones, in particular, offer a portal to the internet, apps and social media. You may not feel your child is ready for that much access to the digital world. Yet, you may want to get your child a phone for the basics: having a way to contact you when they're traveling between school, after-school activities or different households.

Learn more here.

Age-Appropriate Media: Can You Trust Parental Guidance Ratings?

Have you ever found yourself thinking, "Did they really just say that in a PG-rated movie?" If so, you probably won't be surprised to hear that movie, TV, and video game ratings today aren't the same as when we were kids.

Studies show that government and industry movie ratings have become more lenient over time. More violent and sexually explicit content are allowed into films than there used to be. What these ratings mean and whether they can tell you what's appropriate for your child isn't always clear. Even movies with the same rating released in the same year can differ widely in the amount and type of potentially offensive content.

Read more here.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.

Disasters happen everywhere, and every member of the family can prepare. Preparedness for the future starts today.

Whether you’re a kid or teen yourself, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, Ready Kids has tools and information to help before, during and after disasters.

In Honor of National Read a Book Day

Reading Challenges and Tips to Enhance Reading Skills

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!