CHILDNET/CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL OF CENTRAL IOWA
ISSUE 150, March 2003
ChildNet/CCR&R of Central Iowa
Serving Polk, Jasper, Dallas, Marion,
Meet Alicia Lewis
Marshall, Madison, Warren, Story, Boone
& Hardin counties
Center Director, Child Development Center at Lou Williams Variety
1914 Carpenter Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314 Club Children’s Center through Children and Families of Iowa.
800-722-7619 An interview with Alicia Lewis, Karen King and Gloria Gray
www.childnetiowa.org Published in the November/December 2002 issue of Development Center and the child care homes. Iowa is cur-
Center for Child Care Resources Child Care Information Exchange rently in a difficult economic situation and money is short.
Serving Story, Hardin & Boone counties
Every year we get new marbles
1038 Pammel Ct.
Ames, IA 50010
Center for Child Care Resources -
to play with.” Alicia Lewis talks
about the challenges of direct-
ing a program with so many compo -
"We’ve been around a long time, and we’re committed to
what we do. This is the best thing going for kids and fami-
lies. Most families here need subsidies. Here they find safety
nents during our tour of the Child Previously an old Catholic church, the program is current-
724 Story Street Development Center at Lou ly housed in a building constructed 11 years ago for child
Boone, IA 50036 Williams Variety Club Children’s care—it even includes a children’s entrance which adults as
515-432-7869 Center through Children and well as children seem to find as the best way to enter. "It was
CCR&R of Dallas County Families of Iowa—Child a major decision to stay in this neighborhood when we
ISU Cooperative Extension Development Center for short. If decided to build a new building. There were suggestions of
2805 Fairground Road
Adel, IA 50003-8306
ever a director was adept at playing with those marbles and moving to the suburbs, but these are the people we are going
515-993-3813 or 515-480-7622 winning the game for children and families, that director is to serve. Traditionally, they are the most vulnerable, at risk
Center for Child Care Resources – Alicia Lewis. children and families. This is our home, our neighborhood.
Hardin County Office The Child Development Center is part of Children and This is where we belong."
5031⁄ 2 Washington Ave.
Iowa Falls, IA 50126
Families of Iowa, a private, non-profit, nonsectarian human Child Care Resource and Referral Agency director, Karen
641-648-4201 or 800-437-8599 services agency serving Iowa families since 1888. The Center King comments, "The program is the people, not the build-
CCR&R of Jasper County currently serves 300 families through services at the center ing. And the people here are committed; they really care."
ISU Cooperative Extension and 20 home-based programs. In addition to child care, She refers to the CDA graduations, when parents introduce
550 N 2 nd Avenue West services of the Center include therapeutic programs; a part-
Newton, IA 50208 the teachers of their children—the pride, the achievement
nership with Head Start, medical services through the agency for everyone.
800-711-7081 nurse; and Shared Vision, a readiness and wrap around for
four-year-olds at risk. Another source of pride is that the Child Development
CCR&R of Madison County Center was accredited in March on their first try. "So many
106 W. Green Street Agency director Gloria Gray believes in the importance of things have happened because of accreditation—grants,
Winterset, IA 50273 quality child care. "I bring the new board members and any-
515-462-9452 awards, participation in a video. It’s been wonderful for us
one else I can to the Child Development Center to open their in so many ways; but when we started the accreditation
CCR&R of Marion County
Building Stronger Families
eyes to the world of child care. People don’t understand the process, there was resistance: ‘Why do we have to change?’
107 S 3rd Street complexity of operating child care, especially a child care But we were determined. We felt that children deserve the
Knoxville, IA 50138 center committed to meeting the needs of low income fami- level of quality accreditation requires. Our staff began to see
641-828-8440 or 641-891-0532 lies and children with special needs. the value in achieving that level of excellence, and that we
CCR&R of Marshall County The Child Development Center fits well in the array of
Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. can always strive to improve our services.
1001 South 18th Avenue "child serving" programs offered at Children and Families of "It took a solid two years. Community people came in and
Marshalltown, IA 50158 Iowa, including residential treatment for teens, foster care gave us feedback. Finally, self-esteem began to grow in teach-
641-752-7162 and adoption, domestic violence shelter and services, and ers and then the classrooms began to bloom. It was incredi-
CCR&R of Warren County family counseling. ble watching staff grow in confidence and become more com-
ISU Cooperative Extension
909 E 2 nd Avenue, Suite E "Our funding is broad-based and comes from state, coun- petent. All staff but one have minimally their CDA. Staff
Indianola, IA 50125 ty, federal, and city sources as well as donations from the have taken ownership in making the program run. They are
515-961-5067 United Way. There are 33 sources of funding for the Child more confident talking to parents, more professional.
In SIDE Polk County Child Care Resource Center
Continued on page 9
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Training..............................2-8 ChildNet/ChildCare Resource & Referral of Central Iowa U.S. POSTAGE
1914 Carpenter Ave. PAID
New Registration Rules........8 Des Moines, IA 50314 DES MOINES, IOWA
County Information ......10-11 PERMIT NO 1299
Play With Science ..............12
Every Child Reads ..............12
ChildNet Training Series
The ChildNet series is for home providers ONLY. You must attend a Child Care Information Meeting prior to enrolling in a ChildNet series. Please plan to
attend the entire series. Requirements to become ChildNet Certified include attendance at all 10 training modules, active participation with the Child and Adult
Care Food Program, current CPR and First Aid certifications, Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter training and a successful home visit.
Des Moines ChildNet Series - Spanish
Child Care Information Meetings Classes will be Mondays, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Hispanic Educational
If you are thinking about providing child care in your home (or if you’re Resource Center, 828 SE Scott Ave. Call 286-2129 to register. Remaining classes:
already providing it), now is the time to attend this FREE workshop. Learn about
State registration, food program participation, training options, and Child Care Modulo Topic Date
Resource and Referral. We can help support you in your child care business. 3 El Niño en Crecimiento Spanish Marzo 3
PRIZES. Training certificates awarded. 4 Actividades de Aprendizaje Temprano Marzo 10
5 Manteniendo la Paz Marzo 17
Adel Thursday, March 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at ISU Extension/CCR&R, 2805
Fairground Rd. Call 993-3813 or 480-7622 to register. 6 Es su Negocio Marzo 24
7 Reduciendo los Riesgos de Salud… Marzo 31
Ames Monday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Child Care Resources, 8 ¿Qué estás Cocinando? Abril 7
1038 Pamel Court. Call 294-8833 or 1-800-437-8599 to register. 9 Todos Nosotros Pertenecemos Abril 14
Boone Monday, March 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Boone Center for Child Care 10 Invierta en usted Mismo Abril 21
Resources, 724 Story Street, Suite 505. To register, call Carol Schroeder,
(515)432-7869 or 1-800-437-8599. Nevada ChildNet Series
Classes are Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Nevada Community Resource
Des Moines Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet Offices, 1914 Center, 1311 12th St. Due to funding, this series is only available to child care
Carpenter Ave. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. providers in Story County. Funded by the Nevada Community Resource Center.
Indianola Monday, March 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Warren County CCR&R, 909 East To register or for more information call 294-8833 or 1-800-437-8599 or register
Second Ave. Call 961-5067 to register. on line online at www.childnetiowa.org. Remaining classes include:
Module Topic Date
Iowa Falls Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Child Care Resources,
503 1⁄2 Washington Ave. Call (641)648-4201 to register. 4 Activities for Early Learning March 6
5 Keeping the Peace March 13
Marshalltown Monday, March 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at MICA, 1001 South 18th Ave. 6 It’s Your Business April 3
Register by calling 752-7162 ext. 108. 7 Reducing the Health Risks March 27
Newton Monday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ISU Extension Jasper County, 550 8 What’s Cooking? April 10
N. 2nd Ave W. Call (641)792-6433 or 1-800-711-7081 to register. 9 We All Belong April 17
10 Invest in Yourself April 24
Perry Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Perry Public Library, 2nd and Willis.
Call 993-3813 or 480-7622 to register. Adel ChildNet Series
Classes are 6:45-9:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 218 N 9th St. Call
ChildNet Series (515)993-3813 or visit www.childnetiowa.orgto register. Remaining classes:
—The ChildNet Series is available for home child care providers only.— Module Topic Date
5 Keeping the Peace Wednesday, March 5
Des Moines ChildNet Series 6 It’s Your Business Monday, March 10
Classes are Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet offices, 1914 Carpenter 7 Reducing the Health Risks
Ave. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. Remaining classes include: in Child Care Wednesday, March 12
Module Topic Date 8 What’s Cooking? Wednesday, March 19
7 Reducing the Health Risks March 4 9 We All Belong Monday, March 24
8 What’s Cooking? March 11 10 Invest in Yourself Wednesday, March 26
9 We All Belong March 18
10 Invest in Yourself March 31 Iowa Falls ChildNet Series
Classes will be on Mondays, 6:30-9:00 PM at the Center for Child Care
Des Moines ChildNet Series Resources, 5031⁄2 Washington Ave. Call (641)648-4201 to register.
Classes are Saturdays, 8:30-11:00 a.m. at the NEW ChildNet offices, 1914
Carpenter Ave. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. Remaining classes include: Module Topic Date
1 A More Professional You March 17
Module Topic Date 2 Creative Learning Spaces March 24
3 The Growing Child March 1 3 The Growing Child March 31
4 Activities for Early Learning March 8 4 Activities for Early Learning April 7
5 Keeping the Peace March 15 5 Keeping the Peace April 14
6 It’s Your Business March 22 6 Reducing the Health Risks April 21
7 Reducing the Health Risks March 29 7 It’s Your Business April 28
8 What’s Cooking? April 5 8 What’s Cooking? May 5
9 We All Belong April 12 9 We All Belong May 12
10 Invest in Yourself April 19 10 Invest in Yourself May 19
Newton ChildNet Series 7&8 Reducing the Health Risks
Classes are 6:30-9:00 p.m. at ISU Extension, 550 N 2nd Ave W. Call & What’s Cooking? April 12
(641)792-6433 or 1-800-711-7081 to register. 9 & 10 We All Belong
Module Topic Date & Invest in Yourself April 26
1 A More Professional You Tuesday, March 4 Preparing for ChildNet Certification
2 Creative Learning Spaces Thursday, March 6 & Post-test May 3
3 The Growing Child Tuesday, March 11 Class Make-Up Date (if needed) May 10
4 Activities for Early Learning Tuesday, March 18
5 Keeping the Peace Thursday, March 20 Welcome To Child Care Series
6 It’s Your Business Tuesday, March 25
7 Reducing the Health Risks Tuesday, April 1 Altoona Welcome to Child Care Series
8 What’s Cooking? Thursday, April 3 Child Care Center Staff Orientation Training. Classes will be on Saturdays,
9 We All Belong Tuesday, April 8 at the Altoona Public Library, 700 8th St., SE. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619
10 Invest in Yourself Tuesday, April 15 to register.
Welcome to Your New Classroom March 29, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Knoxville ChildNet Series Reducing Health Risks in Child Care March 29, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Classes will be on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the VA Educational Building,
1515 W Pleasant. Call 828-8440 to register. Healthy and Safe Places for Children March 29, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Module Topic Date Becoming an Early Childhood Professional April 5, 8:00 a.m.-noon
1 A More Professional You March 4 Understanding & Guiding Young Children April 5, 8:00 a.m.-noon
2 Creative Learning Spaces March 11
Newton Welcome to Child Care Series
3 The Growing Child March 18
Child Care Center Staff Orientation Training. This ten-hour series for child
4 Activities for Early Development March 25 care center staff is designed to help you get started in the child care world. Plan
5 Keeping the Peace April 1 to attend all five modules on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is
6 It’s Your Business April 8 required and space is limited. Call (641)792-6433 or 1-800-711-7081 to register
7 Reducing the Health Risks April 15 and for location information. Remaining classes include:
8 What’s Cooking? April 22 Understanding and Guiding Young Children March 6
9 We All Belong April 29
10 Invest in Yourself May 6 Adel Welcome to Child Care Series
Child Care Center Staff Orientation Training. Plan to attend all five mod-
Indianola ChildNet Series ules on Wednesdays, 6:45-9:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 218 N 9th St. Call
Classes will be on 6:45-9:00 p.m. at Warren County Extension, 909 E. (515)993-3813 or visit www.childnetiowa.orgto register. Remaining classes
Second Ave., Suite E. Call 961-5067 or 462-9452 to register. include:
Module Topic Date Understanding and Guiding Young Children March 5
1 A More Professional You Tuesday, March 18
Reducing Health Risks in Child Care March 12
2 Creative Learning Spaces Monday, March 24
3 The Growing Child Monday, March 31
4 Activities for Early Development Monday, April 7
Welcome To School-Age Care Series
5 Keeping the Peace Monday, April 14 Altoona Welcome to School-Age Care
6 It’s Your Business Tuesday, April 22 Classes will be on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the the Altoona Public
7 Reducing the Health Risks Monday, April 28 Library, 700 8th St., SE. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
8 What’s Cooking? Monday, May 5 Your Role as a School-Age Care Professional March 12
9 We All Belong Monday, May 12
10 Invest in Yourself Tuesday, May 20 We All Work Together March 26
How Do We Manage April 2
Marshalltown ChildNet Series
Here’s to Your Health April 9
Classes will be Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Mid-Iowa Community
Action 1001 S. 18th Ave. Providers will be able to receive 2 college credits from Plan to be Busy! April 16
Marshalltown Community College for completion of the training series. Ames Welcome to School-Age Care
Registration is LIMITED! Call Amanda at 752-7162 x 108 to register. Classes will be on Mondays, 7:00-9:00p.m. at the Youth Activity Room, YSS
Module Topic Date Jacobson Center, 420 Kellogg. Call 294-8833 or 1-800-437-8599 to register.
Pretest & Introduction to Head Your Role as a School-Age Care Professional April 7
Start Performance Standards March 15 We All Work Together April 14
1&2 A More Professional You
& Creative Learning Spaces March 22 How Do We Manage April 21
3&4 The Growing Child Here’s to Your Health April 28
& Activities for Early Development March 29 Plan to be Busy! May 5
5&6 Keeping the Peace
& It’s Your Business April 5
Adel Welcome to School-Age Care Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
Classes will be on Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High
An alternative for completing Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter training is
School, 801 Kinnick Dr. Call (515)993-3813 or (515)480-7622 to register.
available on-line through Heartland Area Education Agency 11. Go to their
Your Role as a School Age Professional March 27 website at www.aea11.k12.ia.us and click on "Professional Development."
We All Work Together April 3 There you will find instructions on how to participate with their on-line
training opportunities which includes Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter
How Do We Manage? April 10 training. There is a $20 fee that must be paid in order to receive a certificate.
Here’s to Your Health April 17 Note: If you work for a school-based program, you may be eligible to use this
service at no charge—check with your principal for details.
Plan to Be Busy! April 24
Mandatory Reporter Training for Child Care Providers. Des Moines
Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet/CCR&R
offices, 1914 Carpenter Ave. Participants who complete the train-
CPR/First Aid ing will be certified with the Iowa Department of Human Services
for five years. $5 FEE FOR THIS SESSION --payable at the door.
County Scholarship Information Contact Information This training is required for all child care center & school-age
staff, directors and home providers to meet licensing and registra-
Boone Scholarships are available to providers Call Center for Child Care
Resources (515)432-7869 or
tion requirements. Kimberly Groves, Iowa Department of Human
who are eligible.
1-800-437-8599 for class Services, presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
Mandatory Reporter Training for Child Care Providers. Des Moines
Dallas Scholarships are not currently available. American Red Cross (515) Tuesday, April 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hill Auditorium--Blank
To meet your requirements for attend - 243-7681 (for classes or to Children’s Hospital, 1200 Pleasant St. Participants who complete
ing CPR and First Aid training, you may schedule at your center) the training will be certified with the Iowa Department of Human
contact any of the vendors listed here or Dallas County Hospital Services for five years. $5 FEE FOR THIS SESSION --payable at the
utilize other resources as they are avail- (515)465-3547 (for CPR door. This training is required for all child care center & school-
able in your community. classes only) age staff, directors and home providers to meet licensing and reg-
Call Center for Child Care
istration requirements. Steve Quick, Child Protective Unit,
Hardin Scholarships are available to providers
who are eligible. Resources (641)648-4201 or Department of Human Services, presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-
1-800-437-8599 for class 800-722-7619 to register.
Mandatory Reporter Training for Child Care Providers. Boone
Jasper Jasper County providers are eligible for Call CCR&R at (641)792-6433 Tuesday, April 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Boone County Extension
partial reimbursements for CPR/First for class information. office, 603 Story St. Participants will receive a certificate valid for 5
Aid classes not sponsored by CCR&R.
Reimbursements will be available until years. There is a $2.00 fee. Mary Weaver RN, MSN, presenting.
funding is depleted. Call 1-800-437-8599 to register.
Madison $20 scholarships are available Call CCR&R at 462-9452 for Mandatory Reporter Training for Child Care Providers. Tuesday, Iowa Falls
class information. March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center for Child Care Resources,
Marion Scholarships are available Call CCR&R at (641)828-9037 5031⁄2 Washington Ave. Registered providers must receive 2 hours
for class information. of live training within the first three months of caregiving and every
five years thereafter. REGISTRATION is REQUIRED! There is a $5
Marshall Scholarships are now available. Contact Amanda at cash registration fee payable at the door. This workshop is intend-
752-7162 x. 108 for class
information. ed for home and center providers. Deb Terry, Greenbelt Home Care,
presenting. Call (641)648-4201 or 1-800-437-8599 to register.
Polk Scholarships are not currently available. Mercy School of Emergency Mandatory Reporter Training for Child Care Providers. Marshalltown
In order to meet your requirement for Medical Services at (515)243-
attending CPR and First Aid training, 2584 or American Red Cross Monday, April 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Iowa Valley Continuing
you may contact either of the vendors at (515)243-7681 Education, 3702 S Center St. Participants who complete the train-
listed here or utilize other resources as ing will be certified with the Iowa Department of Human Services
they are available in your community. for five years. Contact CCR&R at (641)752-7162 x108 for scholar-
ship information. This training is required for all child care cen-
Call Center for Child Care
Story Scholarships are available to providers
ter staff, school-age program staff, directors and home providers
Resources (515)294-8833 or
who are eligible. 1-800-437-8599 for class to meet licensing and registration requirements. Call (641)752-
information. 4645 X305 to register.
Warren Scholarship money from Warren
Call CCR&R at 961-5067 for
Health & Safety
County Empowerment enables regis-
tered/licensed homes and center staff to CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions. Classes are available Polk County
complete CPR/First Aid for $5.00 until at Mercy School of Emergency Medical Services or American Red
funds are depleted. Cross or can be arranged on-site for groups at your location. To
register, call the Mercy Nurse at (515)243-2584 (choose option 3)
or American Red Cross at (515)243-7681.
Des Moines Better Safe Than Sorry With Meds! Thursday, March 27, 6:30- American Red Cross CPR/First Aid. Saturday, March 29, 9:00 Indianola
8:30 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet/CCR&R offices, 1914 Carpenter a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Warren County CCR&R, 909 East Second
Ave. If you administer medications to children this class is for Ave. This class meets the standards in infant, child, and adult cer-
you. A health professional will teach safe methods for storing, giv- tification. This class is for early childhood educators. American
ing, and documenting over-the-counter medications, as well as Red Cross presenting. Call 961-5067 to register.
physician-ordered medications/treatments (including EpiPens).
Register for this class to discuss the importance of this role. Karen Business Practices
Doughan, RN, Health Consultant, presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-
800-722-7619 to register. Organizing Your Business Expenses (Part One). Thursday, Des Moines
March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet/CCR&R offices,
Des Moines "A" is For Asthma. Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the
1914 Carpenter Ave. Learn how to keep good records and, ulti-
NEW ChildNet/CCR&R offices, 1914 Carpenter Ave. One in four-
mately, earn more money! Find out about all the features of the
teen kids has asthma. Child care providers play a key role in the
2003 Calendar Keeper which will be your best organizational tool.
management of asthma. This session will provide information on
Learn how you can be most prepared for your taxes and how to
asthma or active airway disease to better care for kids so they can
utilize business deductions that are available to you. A second fol-
lead normal, healthy, active lives. Discussion will involve recog-
low-up session is scheduled on March 27 that will provide you
nizing and reducing asthma triggers, developing an action plan,
with additional record-keeping information. It is suggested you
using inhalers, spacers and peak flow meters. The child care
attend Part One and Part Two to receive complete information.
provider plays a key role in the management of a child’s asthma
This workshop is intended for home child care providers at all
so he/she can lead a normal, healthy, active life. Bev Kaduce, RN,
levels of experience. Dean Blum, Master Tax Advisor/Accountant,
Polk County Health Consultant, presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-
presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
800-722-7619 to register.
Organizing Your Business Expenses (Part Two). Thursday, Des Moines
Ames Universal Precautions. Monday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Ames
March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet/CCR&R offices,
Public Library, 515 Douglas. This will be an in-depth look at the
1914 Carpenter Ave. Learn about the seven rules of good record
risks of disease transmission while caring for children. Helen
keeping. Find out how to categorize your expenses as “direct”,
McKay, R.N., BSN, will provide a basic understanding of infection
“house” and “capital expenses.” Learn about the time-space per-
control and how to reduce the risks. Call 1-800-437-8599 or 294-
centage and how it affects your bottom line! Learn how you can be
8833 to register.
most prepared for your taxes and how to utilize business deduc-
Ames A Discussion on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Tuesday, March 25, tions that are available to you. It is recommended that you attend
6:30 p.m. at St. John's By the Campus Episcopal Church, 2338 part one and part two of this series. This workshop is intended
Lincoln Way. Joni Thornton, RN, Pediatric Outreach Coordinator for home child care providers at all levels of experience. Dean
at Blank Children's Hospital will share information on Shaken Blum, Master Tax Advisor/Accountant, presenting. Call 286-3536
Baby Syndrome - what it is and what are the warning signs. This or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
training is a must for all infant/toddler caregivers. There is a $2.00
Director’s Meeting. Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location Warren County
registration fee. If you attended the SIDS class on February 6th
TBA. Topic for the evening is Planning for Summer
there is no additional registration fee. For more information call
Programming. Terry Clifton presenting. This workshop is intend-
294-8833 or 1-800-437-8599. Registration fees should be mailed
ed for directors of child care centers and preschools. Call 961-
to Center For Child Care Resources, 1038 Pammel Ct., Ames, Iowa
5067 to register or for location information.
Boone Adult/Infant/Child CPR. Monday & Tuesday, March 24 & 25, Professionalism
7:00-9:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 703 Greene St.
You will receive an American Red Cross certification card valid Enjoying Difficult Conversations with Parents. Tuesday, March Ames
for 1 year. Cost is $25.00 per person. Adult CPR will be the first 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. John’s By The Campus Episcopal Church,
night, Infant/Child the second night. You must attend both ses- 2338 Lincoln Way. Good communication with parents is an impor-
sions to become certified. Billie Jo Dow, trainer, presenting. Call tant part of caring for their children. Learn constructive ways to
(515)433-7894 to register. get your message across, listen to parents and find solutions that
Boone First Aid. Thursday, March 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the First work for all. Participants are encouraged to bring real life situa-
Presbyterian Church, 703 Greene St. After taking this class you tions. $2.00 registration fee that must be mailed to the Center for
will receive an American Red Cross card valid for 3 years. Billie Jo Child Care Resources, 1038 Pammel Court, Ames, IA 50014 before
Dow, trainer, presenting. Call 1-800-437-8599 to register. attending the training. Dawn Ashbacher presenting. Call 294-8833
or 1-800-437-8599 to register.
Dallas County CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions. Red Cross classes are
scheduled in Dallas County or you may arrange on site training at Dollar$ 4 Director$: "Show Me the Money!" Monday, March 17, Des Moines
your center. Call American Red Cross 243-7681 or CCR&R 993- 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the The Cottage, 1094 28th Street. TEACH is a
3813 for registration information. new effort in Iowa to bring dollars for college scholarships to cur-
rent employees from licensed centers and registered child develop-
Knoxville CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions in the Child Care ment homes. Education improves the quality of care, and TEACH
Setting. Saturday, March 1, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Knoxville helps promote retention of staff as well. Barb Merrill,
Public Library, 213 E Montgomery. This course meets the CPR, Apprenticeship/TEACH Project Director, presenting. Barb will
First Aid and Universal Precautions requirements for licensing share how you and your staff can get involved. Come and share
and registration of child care centers and in-home child care your ideas on recruitment of participants as well as the benefits
providers in Iowa. American Red Cross presenting. Call and possible challenges to the project. This workshop is intended
(641)828-9037 to register. for child care center directors, assistant directors and owners.
Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
Des Moines Beyond the Rumors - New Registration Requirements. Thursday, Child Development Home Registration. Monday, March 3, 7:30- Marshalltown
March 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet/CCR&R offices, 9:00 p.m. at MICA, 1001 South 18th Ave. This class will provide an
1914 Carpenter Ave. Move beyond the myths and become familiar overview of the new State of Iowa Child Development Home
with the facts about changes in state registration guidelines for Registration System for currently registered providers who will be
Child Development Homes. Learn how the new rules will benefit transitioning into the new system this year. Each participant will
your business and the children and families you serve. 11⁄2 hours receive a smoke detector and bilingual children's book. Also, five
training credit. This workshop is intended for home child care fire extinguishers will be given away as door prizes. Call (641)752-
providers. Debbie Scrowther, Regional Home Consultant, present- 7162 x108 to register.
ing. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. Beyond the Rumors – New Registration Rules. Monday, March Jasper County
Des Moines Command Spanish for Child Care Practitioners. Tuesdays & 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location TBA. Move beyond the rumors about
Thursdays, March 4-27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DMACC Urban the changes in State Registration rules! You will become familiar
Campus Building 2 (the old Blood Center) room 100, 1110 7th with the facts about the new changes in the state registration guide-
Street. This 16-hour series is a comprehensive program designed to lines for Child Development Homes and learn how the new rules
provide functional Spanish language skills for child care practition- will benefit your business and the children and families you serve.
ers who have contact with Spanish-speaking parents and children. Pre-registration is required. Call (641)792-6433 or 1-800-711-7081
You will receive a manual which contains infant/toddler glossaries, to sign up and for location information.
cultural notes, months and days, nicknames, Spanish alphabet,
shapes, numbers, parts of the body, basic emotions, reproducible Developmentally Appropriate Practice
take-home notices, take-home certificates and signs. You will also
receive audio cassette review tapes. You will learn work-specific A Child’s Blueprint for Learning. Thursdays, March 6, 13 & 20, Des Moines
phrases related to meeting parents, registering new students, health 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Methodist Medical Center, 1200 Pleasant St. This
issues, reporting child’s behavior, snack and lunch time, emergency three-part series emphasizes designing and arranging your child
commands, and numbers. Cost for the series is $120; 1.6 CEUs will care environment using appropriate materials and equipment.
be awarded upon completion. Michelle Schmidt, Language Participants will learn about proactive classroom management,
Instructor, presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. learning centers, and new activity ideas to help keep children
focused. Donna Kennebeck & Tony Lacy, Early Childhood
Winterset Provider Appreciation Dinner. Tuesday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the Winterset Library, 124 W Court. Tour the new library, learn Educators, presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
about available services and presentation by surprise guest speaker. Music & Movement. Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Altoona Altoona
This workshop is intended for all early childhood educators in Public Library, 700 8th St. SE. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with finger-
Madison County. Call 462-9452 to register. plays, action songs, and activity ideas to be implemented with the
enjoyment of song and music. Please dress comfortably so that you
Indianola Better Kid Care Satellite Series Hot Topics for Center Directors.
Thursday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Warren County can BOOGIE DOWN to children’s songs and movement activities.
Extension, 909 East Second Ave. Topics include recruiting, hiring Songs and activities that will be presented are appropriate for 4-7
and training staff. Call 961-5067 to register. year-olds. The first 20 pre-registered people to arrive will receive a
copy of "Follow Me Too--A Handbook of Movement Activities."
Norwalk Kidz Kare - Simply Beautiful. Monday, March 10, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Lesley Monson, Assistant Director, Adventuretime Family Services,
at New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr. This presentation presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
will focus on reviewing, prioritizing & managing stress to make
your life more meaningful. Beth Fleming, ISU Extension Family
Life Specialist, presenting. Call 961-5067 to register. Getting It Right With Children
Ankeny Workshop or "Playshop?" Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Des Moines Chapter of the Iowa Association for the Education of Young
the DMACC Ankeny Campus--Building 7, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd. Children is proud to sponsor this full day training seminar presented by
Effective workshops can be “Playshops” full of discovery, creativity, Madelyn Swift, nationally acclaimed author of "Discipline for Life: Getting It
independent learning and small group interaction—most of all, Right With Children."
they can be fun! This session will provide you with supportive tools
Three two-hour sessions will be presented including Discipline for Life: Don’t
to help you deliver meaningful and memorable content within your
Start What You Can’t Finish, Best Gifts: High Self-Esteem and Realistic Self-
playshop. Instructors for the session are Crystal Abbe, Adult
Regard, and Working With, Not Against Parents: A Communication Seminar.
Educator for DMPS Community Education and former child care
The training is designed to meet the needs of family child development home
center employee and Katie McKenzie, Adult Educator for
practitioners, early childhood educators and consultants, child care center
ChildNet/CCR&R, Certified Elementary Teacher and child care pro-
teachers and administrators, school-age program teachers and administrators,
gram owner. This session has been developed to assist people who
Head Start program teachers and administrators, Early Head Start program
are presenting information at the Child Care Council Spring
staff, elementary school teachers and administrators, and any individual who
Conference, however, it is open to all interested participants who
works with children from birth through age eighteen and their families.
wish to improve their skills as adult educators. Call 286-3536 or 1-
800-722-7619 to register. Saturday, March 1
Marshalltown Secrets to Communicating with Parents. Tuesday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m. at Mid Iowa Community Action, 1001 S 18th Ave. Grace Lutheran Church
Come join trainer Deb Heil whose practical experience working 3010 52nd Street
with families will help you gain tools and ideas necessary to form Des Moines
important working relationships with families. This workshop is
intended for family child care providers and center, preschool, and
DES MOINES CHAPTER AEYC MEMBERS PAY $5; NON-MEMBERS $10.
school-age staff. Deb Heil, FaDSS Coordinator, presenting. Call 752-
Pre-registration is required with ChildNet/CCR&R of Central Iowa at (515)286-
7162 x108 to register.
3536 or 1-800-722-7619.
Altoona Ready or Not--Here Comes Kindergarten! Tuesday, March 11, SpecialCare. Monday, March 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Godfather’s Pizza, Knoxville
6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Altoona Public Library, 700 8th Street, SE. 1504 N. Lincoln. Learn what inclusive child care is all about and
Find out what skills kindergarten educators feel are necessary for what the benefits are for caring for children with disabilities. This
children to realize the greatest success in the first year of school. workshop is intended for child care providers who are interested in
This workshop is intended for parents, preschool teachers and child caring for children with disabilities. Michelle Bishop, Special
care providers at all levels of experience. Call 286-3536 or 1-800- Education Teacher, presenting. Call 828-8440 to register.
722-7619 to register. Knoxville
Sign With Your Baby. Monday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the VA
West Des Moines Creating an Environment for Dramatic Play. Tuesday, March Educational Building, 1515 W Pleasant. “Sign, Sing, and Stories” is
25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jordan Creek Kid’s Connection, 475 68th St. based on Joseph Garcia’s SIGN with your BABY™ program. The
Learn how to create a learning environment with dramatic play. ability to communicate early helps children feel empowered and in
Learn how to make dramatic play materials out of inexpensive control of their environment. It also builds a greater trust with the
materials. Find out how dramatic play can help foster literacy, math adults in their life. This presentation is perfect for anyone who has
and science skills. In addition, develop ideas that will invite parents regular contact with a preverbal infant. Expectant parents, new par-
to become more involved with your program. THERE IS A $5 FEE ents, grandparents, and caregivers will all benefit as they build a
FOR THIS WORKSHOP. Susan Fulcher, Early Childhood Educator, rewarding bond with an infant using sign language as a communi-
presenting. Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. cation tool in the early months. Mary Popson-Klein, teacher, pre-
Waukee Child Development Home Tour. Saturday, March 29, 9:00-11:30 senting. Call (641)828-8440 to register.
a.m. Join the Dallas County Family Child Care Association for a
tour of three child development homes in the Waukee area. See Iowa Program for Infant & Toddler
how other providers organize their homes considering safety, Caregivers (PITC)
multi-age care needs, sleeping arrangements, and a play environ-
ment that encourages early learning. There will be a discussion PITC: Learning and Development (Module III). Thursday, March Johnston
period following the visits led by Betsy Myers, Child Care 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.-noon, and
Coordinator. You are responsible for transportation to each home. Thursdays, April 10 & 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Johnston Schools
Call Julie or Suzi at 987-3417 or 987-1967 to register and receive Administrative Resource Center, 5608 Merle Hay Rd. This module
information on the location of the first home tour. Register early, focuses on facilitation of infants’ natural interests and urges to learn.
the number of participants is limited. This is done by providing infants with close and responsive relation-
ships with caregivers; by designing safe, interesting and develop-
Boone Caring for Children With Special Needs. Mondays, March 3, 10 & mentally appropriate environments; by giving infants uninterrupted
24, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Franklin 5th Grade Center, 19th and
time to explore; and by interacting with infants in ways that emo-
Crawford Streets. This 3 part series will be taught by certified
tionally and intellectually support their initiations in discovery and
instructor, LuAnn Gordon, Lutheran Social Services Respite
learning. Tammy Bormann, PITC Certified Instructor, presenting.
Coordinator. Week one will introduce inclusion in child care.
Call 286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register.
Week two will discuss getting to know children with disabilities.
The third week will focus on building relationships with families.
This workshop is intended for center and preschool staff, child Guidance
care providers, parents, foster parents and educators. Call 1-800- Better Kid Care - Let’s Talk Discipline. Tuesday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 Adel
437-8599 or (515)432-7869 to register. p.m. at ISU Extension/CCR&R, 2805 Fairground Rd. Popcorn and
Ames Sharing Books with Babies & Toddlers. Tuesday, April 8, 6:30- video night! Come to this informal video and discussion of the big
8:30 p.m. at the Ames Public Library Auditorium, 515 Douglas "D" -discipline. Learn how to prevent problem behaviors before they
Ave. This interactive, hands-on workshop includes how to select happen, teach children to solve their own problems. Learn what to
age appropriate books, related literacy activities, rhymes, baby do instead of "time out." This workshop is intended for child care
games and language activities. Intended for anyone caring for providers, center and preschool staff at all levels of experience. Call
infants & toddlers. $2.00 registration fee should to be sent to the (515)993-3813 or (515)480-7622 to register.
Center for Child Care Resources, 1038 Pammel Court, Ames, IA
50014. There is no registration fee for child care providers in the Nutrition
Infant Care Network. Carol Elbert, Ames Public Library Children’s
Librarian, presenting. Call 294-8833 or 1-800-437-8599 to register. Nutrición. Tuesday, March 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hispanic Des Moines
Educational Resource Center, 828 SE Scott Ave. El propósito de
Iowa Falls Learning Is Fun! Wednesday, April 9, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Pineview este taller es para poner el énfasis en la importancia de la actividad
Elementary. Presented by CCR, Early Access, Greenbelt Home física y la buena nutrición en los niños y sus familias. Se hablará de
Care, PAT & MICA. Enhance your daily child care activities to pro- la importancia de ofrecerles a los niños comida nutritiva y oportu-
mote school readiness, adapt activities for multi-age groups, and nidades para participar en actividades físicas. El taller demuestrará
enjoy five fun hands-on activities to do as a group. Each provider lo fácil que es incluir esto en la rutina diaria, y ayudará a los direc-
will take home an activity book to use at home. Designed especially tores, empleados de centro educativo pre-escolares y a las personas
for home child care providers AND the children you care for! Mail que cuidan niños en su hogar a desarrollar normas efectivas para
$2 registration fee to the Center for Child Care Resources, 1038 reforzar las mejores prácticas en el área de nutrición. Tonie
Pammel Ct., Ames, IA 50014. Parents are welcome as well! Call Pimentel, Community Services, HER, presenting. Call 286-2129 to
(641)648-4201 or 1-800-437-8599 to register. register.
PLEASE PREREGISTER FOR ALL CLASSES! Occasionally we must cancel a class due to illness, weather or insufficient enrollment. It is vital that we have your
name so we can contact you if such a cancellation occurs. PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO TRAINING CLASSES. We have no way to provide super -
vised care for children and it is distracting to all class participants. Thank you for your cooperation!
No qualified individual with a disability will be excluded from participation in child care services, programs, or activities on the basis of a disability. The information
printed in this newsletter may be obtained in accessible formats by qualified persons with a disability by making appropriate arrangements. To receive more infor-
mation or to request an accommodation to participate in the services, programs, or activities, please contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Center of Central
Iowa, 1914 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314, telephone number 1-800-722-7619 or locally (515)286-3536. 7
Des Moines Tips for Success: CACFP Forms 101. Tuesday, April 15, Team Nutrition: Building Healthy Physical Activities and Knoxville
7:00-8:30 p.m. at the NEW ChildNet/CCR&R offices, 1914 Bodies. Monday, April 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Knoxville
Carpenter Ave. Become better acquainted with the Child and Public Library, 213 E Montgomery. Workshop will include sev-
Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) forms used in Polk eral health and nutrition ideas that can be used in a child care
County. Bring your questions and concerns about complet- setting. Will include tasting and physical activities. This work-
ing your CACFP paperwork and find solutions. This training shop is intended for child care providers who are enrolled in
meets the annual training requirements for home providers the Child and Adult Care Food Program or interested in learn-
participating with CACFP. Suzanne Warne presenting. Call ing about the food program. Call 1-800-622-8340 or 828-8440
286-3536 or 1-800-722-7619 to register. to register.
Jasper County Team Nutrition. Monday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location Conferences
TBA. Join the team! The U.S. Department of Agriculture has
developed a new initiative to help child care providers become Mark your calendars for these conferences
actively involved in improving nutrition and health habits in Open Your Heart to a Child's World
their programs. Children form their eating habits early. By
Child Care Council, Inc.'s annual spring conference
helping them learn to eat well now and engage in regular phys-
ical activity, we not only help them grow up strong and Saturday, April 5 at DMACC in Ankeny
healthy, but we help keep children healthy for their entire lives. Over 80 workshops, including a dozen featured speakers.
Susan Klein, Families Field Specialist, presenting. Call $40.00 registration fee. Registrations taken by mail only, call
(641)792-6433 or 1-800-711-7081 to register. 1-800-362-2127 x 6686 or 964-6686 to request a registration
Adel Nutrition in the Early Childhood Setting. Thursday, March form. Registrations will be limited to 900 participants, so
6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at ISU Extension/CCR&R, 2805 Fairground don't wait!
Rd. Child care providers have to manage nutrition while jug- Caring For Iowa’s Future
gling all the day to day events in a child care center or home. Iowa Family Child Care Association Spring Conference
This two hour workshop will cover such topics as; what March 22, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
is a portion of food for a child or an adult, how Longbranch Motor Inn & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids
can providers insure serving food safely to
Call (563)556-5054 to register.
young children, and shortcuts in food prepa-
ration. Susan Klein, ISU Extension Families Play in Pioria
Field Specialist, presenting. Call (515)993- Midwest AEYC conference
3813 or (515)480-7622 to register. April 9-12 at the Pioria Civic Center
Call Rhonda Bancroft at 1-800-469-2392 or (515)967-9940
for more information
New Home Child Care Registration Changes
By Debbie Scrowther, Regional Home Consultant • Child Development Homes B and C will be able to care for additional part-
CCR&R of Central Iowa time children. These children may be any age, not to exceed the maximum
number of children under 24 months.
December 1, 2002 marked the beginning of the new home child care registra-
tion changes. This does NOT mean that if you are currently registered, you must care for
fewer children. Most providers will see no change in the number of children they
The changes include: can care for. If you are currently registered and are caring for an allowable num-
• There will now be three categories of Child Development ber of children, there will be some exceptions so you can continue to provide care
Homes – A, B, and C. Providers will qualify for specific for the children you are currently caring for.
categories of Child Development Homes based on their Although the new system went into effect December 1, 2002, these rules do not
education and experience. apply to you until you change into the new system and receive a registration cer-
• The number of children in care at which an individual tificate for either Category A, B or C. In some counties you will have the option to
MUST register with the State has changed from 7 to 6. change into the system immediately, in other counties you will need to wait until
Debbie Scrowther • Training hours are changed to a requirement of 12 hours your current registration expires.
Home Consultant per year for all registered providers. There are training opportunities scheduled throughout Central Iowa to help
• Registrations and criminal history, child abuse and sex offender record you become better acquainted with these changes. Please check our website,
checks will be renewed every two years rather than annually. www.childnetiowa.org, or call your local Child Care Resource & Referral office to
• Smoking will be prohibited in child development homes during the hours of find dates and times in your area. If you have questions concerning the new rules
operation in areas where child care is provided and in vehicles used to trans- or how they will apply to you, call your local CCR&R office and we will do our best
port children. to assist you.
• Child Development Homes A and B will be able to care for a maximum of Note: To view the new regulations in their entirety, visit www.dhs.state.ia.us/policy-
three children under the age of 18 months. In Child Development Home C analysis/policymanualpages/manual_documents/master/comm143.pdf.
both providers who have met the registration requirements must be present
whenever four children under the age of 18 months are in care.
Setting Policy on Infant Sleep Position
By Bev Kaduce, RN, BSN, CCHC & Karen Doughan, RN, BS, CCHC What Should an Infant Sleep Position Policy Say?
Central Iowa Child Care Health Consultants
The American Public Health Association and the American Academy of
he recently released 2001 Iowa Death Review Team Report indicates that Pediatrics have published, Caring for Our Children, National Health and Safety
T Iowa is above the National average for the percentage of young children
dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS) in child care homes/cen-
ters. Nationally, about 20% of the children that have died of SIDS, died while in
Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs, Second
Edition. The following rules from that publication are important regarding infant
sleep position and surroundings:
the care of a child care provider. The SIDS death rate in Iowa’s child care settings • Infants under 12 months of age shall be placed on their backs on a firm, tight-
increased from 20.4% to 24.3% in the last year. It is extremely important for the fitting mattress for sleep in a crib.
safety of infants that we review the only safe position for infant sleep time. Iowa’s
child care rules require that child care practitioners place all infants under the age • Waterbeds, sofas, soft mattresses, pillows, and other soft surfaces shall be
of one year flat on their backs, on a firm mattress, in their own safe crib, with prohibited as infant sleeping surfaces.
nothing else in the crib while they sleep. Iowa registration and licensing regula- • All pillows, quilts, blankets, bumper pads, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed
tions demand that all of the rules that have been proven to reduce the risk factors toys, and other soft products shall be removed from the crib. Use one piece
for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome be implemented in zipper sleepers over clothing for nap times and sleep.
child care programs. • A non-smoking environment will be maintained to protect children from
exposure to any tobacco products or by-products (including second-hand
Have you made changes in your program: smoke).
• to reduce SIDS risks? • Environmental room temperatures will be kept at or about 65 degrees and
• to be compliant with Iowa rules to make your setting as proper dress will be maintained to prevent over-heating of young children,
safe as possible for all infants? especially during sleep.
• to inform parent customers that your business follows • Only if a child has a specific identified medical condition that makes the
Safe Practice for all infants under the age of one year? supine (back) sleep position unsafe shall any other sleep position be accept-
This article offers support for Best Practice for infant able. A few babies do have medical conditions that require different positions
sleep time and support for your communication with par- for sleep. The diagnosis for this specific child shall be documented by a physi-
ents about this important child safety issue. cian, in writing, including instructions for the safe sleep position for the child
and specific instructions required for any other care the child requires.
Why Should I Set Rules About How Babies Sleep? Parents need to supply you with this documentation.
Since 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that infants • When infants can easily turn over from the supine to the prone position, they
sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS. But some families and child care should be comforted and gently encouraged to return to sleep on their backs
providers still place babies on their stomachs to sleep. To provide Best Practice until one year of age.
for infants, Iowa Child Care Rules have made it mandatory that every child
under one year of age always be placed on his/her back for all sleep time at
Next month we’ll discuss “Sharing Your Policy with Parents”
your child care setting. Creating a policy on safe infant sleep position gives you a Resources : Caring for Our Children, National Health & Safety Standards, Second
way to let families know about this rule. Your sleep policy will also help teach Edition; Iowa Child Care Regulations; Infant Mortality Risk Reduction Work Team of
families to place babies appropriately on their backs when they sleep at home. the National SIDS & Infant Death Program Support Center (NSIDPSC).
Child Care Center Director Rises to the Challenge of Accreditation
Continued from cover
"It’s staff who keep us going. Teamwork makes it all fit. No one person can do ing a family. And I realize again that I am good at this. It helps that I have had
it for even 10 minutes by themselves. Sometimes we step on each other’s feet in different responsibilities throughout my career, so it isn’t like I have been in
our committed efforts to meet all needs. If someone is falling, there is always exactly the same position for all the time. And there have been changes in the
someone paying attention and catching them. Support around front line people field. The current focus on brain research brings validity to what we do.
relates to quality. "What I like best about my job is the kids. Everything I do comes back to chil-
Licensed for 158, the Center runs with slightly less enrollment because of diffi- dren and children’s behavior. No matter how horrible life may be for children,
culty in finding qualified staff—"We are in the position of matching the number there is something internal that continues to be so good and so honest.
of children to the number of staff available, rather than the other way around. Sometimes they let us inside and sometimes they don’t. Either way, they let us
Some people come here because they think the work is easy! Our interview know. I try to be basic about everything—what is the child trying to tell us?
process is rigorous and we focus on expectations; we make sure that candidates "I love my job even on a bad day. At the end of the day I know that every child
know that the job has everything to do with children." has been taken care of and that we are coming back to do it again tomorrow; but
Alicia has spent her life in child care. "I was born into this. As the oldest tomorrow we will do it in a different way. We’ll do it better."
daughter in a family with five children, I did a lot of sibling care, then babysitting.
At Purdue I went straight for child development. So I’ve been in the field for over Reprinted with permission from:
30 years." Her career has followed a familiar path from assistant teacher to lead
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What is QUICK PASS? So Many Rewards
If you haven’t inquired about "Rewards", then you are missing out on the possibility of
Quick Pass allows you to sign-up for training on-line and once you have
receiving free equipment for your family child care business. Hundreds of Polk County fam-
completed the trainings a transcript is available for you to print off.
ily child care providers are daily engaged in the simple process of verifying improvements
Remember though, these transcripts are only available when you use Quick
they are making to their programs and receiving gift certificates for new and exciting equip-
Pass. Go to www.childnetiowa.orgto learn more.
ment. For more information on how "So Many Rewards" can be the answer to enhancing
New DHS Guidelines your child care environment, call Karen Thelin 286-3379 or e-mail email@example.com
Effective December 1, 2002, new guidelines are in effect
for newly registered home providers. Currently registered Child Care Council, Inc.
providers will be transitioned in with their renewal date. If
Congratulations It’s not too late to join Child Care Council, Inc. in 2003! This group of
update card winners up to fifty child care centers from central Iowa meets every second
you have questions regarding these new regulations, feel
free to call Angela at 462-9452 or 961-5067. for the month of Tuesday of the month, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the West Des Moines Methodist
January: Church, 8th and Grand Avenue in West Des Moines. Membership fee for
Car Seat Check the year is $55 per child care center. Membership benefits include net-
Ann Evans with Carlisle Fire Department will inspect Joan Wiese, Winterset working opportunities with local professionals, opportunities for profes-
your seat for safety and proper installation on Monday sional growth, scholarships for CPR and First Aid training and access to an
Michelle Rustan, Des approved Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter training video. Contact
evenings by appointment. Call 989-0078 for an appointment Moines Jennifer Reynolds at Creative Center for Children, 280-3032 for more infor-
Madison County Provider Appreciation Shauna Shackleton, mation.
Watch your mail for your personal invitation!
Scholarships are Available!
Dallas Scholarships are available for providers registering for Infant, Child, and Adult
CPR/First Aid or Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training. Providers are able to
Dallas County Family Child Care Association access $10 CPR/First Aid scholarships and $7 scholarships for Mandatory Child
The Association’s March meeting will be a tour of child development Abuse Reporter Training to defer the cost of these state requirements. Providers are
homes. Join us on Saturday, March 29 for a tour in the eligible to access scholarships once each per fiscal year if they are currently enrolled
Waukee area. See class details and registration informa- with Child Care Resource and Referral. If you have questions
tion on page 7. Call Julie at 987-3417 or Suzi at 978-1967 about applying for scholarships or how to become enrolled with
for more information. Congratulations Child Care Resource and Referral, call Amanda at 752-7162 x108.
to this newly ChildNet
Get registered, me? Certified provider! IA PITC IS BACK!
Confused about the new rules? Don’t Panic! We can all The Iowa Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers (PITC)
learn together. Carolyn Meyer, home consultant, will help Thanks for your commit- training helps caregivers design environments which are healthy
you find answers to registration questions. Contact her by ment to your profession and safe, and yet offer developmental challenges for infants and
email, firstname.lastname@example.org by phone, (515)993-3813. and to the toddlers. The PITC training is divided into four modules:
families you serve. Module I: Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization
Andrea Barnes, Des Moines Module II: Group Care
Module III: Learning and Development
Module IV: Culture, Family, and Providers
Marion Module III will be held April 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28 from 6:30-8:30
p.m. A different focus area will be discussed at each session. Refreshments will be
offered and educational toys will be awarded as door prizes. In addition, any
Support Group Offers Training, Networking provider who attends all five sessions and completes Module III of the IA PITC train-
We are still looking for more home child care providers to come to the
ing will receive a $50 gift certificate from Wal-Mart.
Marion County Child Care Support Group. We meet the first Monday of each
WATCH THE APRIL NETWORK NEWS FOR MORE DETAILS!
month at Godfathers Pizza in Knoxville. This group will offer training hours,
support and networking. We hope to see you there. Lending Library
Come visit the FREE Child Care Lending Library! The Lending Library will be
Calendar Keepers Still Available open on Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and is located at 1001 South 18th
There are still Calendar Keepers available! Plan on attending a training in
Avenue, Marshalltown. Please use north parking lot for best access to the Lending
Marion County to get your copy!
Library. The Child Care Lending Library is also available by appointment. If you are
unable to make it at the time listed above, call Amanda (752-7162 x108) and set up a
time that is more convenient for you.
Attention Lending Library Members Lending Library Extended Hours
Extended hours for the toy/equipment lending library will be Thursday, March
Hours will be the 1 st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
13, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at CCR, 5031⁄2 Washington Ave. (Jennings Bldg.), Iowa Falls.
Other hours include Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or by
Please have returning toys/equipment cleaned and checked for all loose pieces.
appointment. Call or stop by and take a look at items now available. There are
Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or by appointment. This office is
many items for all ages currently available for check out. Please make sure your
staffed by one employee, so please call ahead before making a special trip to pick
toys have been cleaned and have all the pieces before returning them. The upkeep
of our toys is a very crucial way of maintaining the Lending
Library. PERC! Incentive Program
Scholarships Available Congratulations Providers’ Empowering Rewards for Children!
Turn in your training credits and receive empowering
Scholarships are available to child care providers who are update card winners rewards when you sign up for the PERC! Incentive Program!
interested in attending the Iowa Family Child Care Provider for the month of Providers MUST submit their contract to Starla in the local
Association's Spring Conference March 21-22, Child Care January: office to qualify. Registration for this incentive is limited -
Council Spring Conference April 5th or the Play in Peoria
Stacie Morken, Ames deadline is March 15th. Need more details – call Starla at
Midwest AEYC Annual conference. Call 294-8833 or 1-800-
437-8599 for more information. Susan Aalbers, Newton
Child Development Home Registration
Some of you have already received the NEW DHS Registration Renewal infor-
mation. Original registration packets were missing the DHS Regulation Check List.
Extended Library Hours If you did not receive the check list in your packet, give Esther a call at 1-800-859-
The extended hours for the toy and equipment lending library will be 3048 ext. 216 or (641)858-3461 and request that one be sent to you. Please review
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Boone office of the Center for Child the materials carefully as there are numerous changes that have been made.
Care Resources, 724 Story Street, Suite 505, Boone. Please remember to clean the
items before returning them. Child Care Today!
Child Care Today! met for the first time on January 27. The next meeting will be
Caring for Children with Special Needs Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at the CCR office in Iowa Falls. Our goals for Child
Have you ever wondered if you could care for a child with special needs? The Care Today! are provider networking, provider needs, public awareness, and social
SpecialCare Training Series may help you gain more skills and more confidence in activities. Please plan to attend...we need you!
providing that care. The SpecialCare Training is coming to Boone! See page 7 for
more information. Book of the Month...
Visit our resource lending library. There are books available on various topics
Skate with the Kids that may be checked out to CCR library members at no charge.
Kick off the Month of the Young Child with a trip to Spinning Wheels Roller So This Is Normal Too? - by Deborah Hewitt
Skating Rink in Ogden. All child care providers, pre-school staff, child care center Tattling. Lying. Biting. All "normal" behaviors in young children that can drive
staff and their families are invited to spin their wheels on Friday, April 4 from anyone crazy! So This Is Normal Too? gives easy-to-understand child development
7:00-9:30 p.m. The cost per person regardless of age is $3.50 which includes the information on these challenging behaviors, specially prepared for provider and
cost of skate rental. parent. Included are suggestions for a plan of action to be agreed to by both parent
and provider, and a well-designed planning form. Now you have the foundation
for a powerful partnership between parent and provider which is the very best way
to improve any child's behavior.
Jasper Calendar Keepers
Health and Safety Fair Have you received your FREE 2003 Calendar Keeper? While supplies last, we
We at CCR&R of Jasper County, along with KinderCare and Skiff Women’s will reserve one with your name on it when we receive your monthly update card.
Health, are planning a Health and Safety Fair for you and the Jasper County com- Hurry and get your update card in the mail today!
munity this spring! Keep your eyes and ears open for more details.
Child Care Networking Association (CCNA)
Join us March 3 for Team Nutrition and a meeting of the Jasper County Child Update on the Web!
Care Networking Association. Susan Klein will be presenting and training credit
will be available. For more information, contact Deb Brassfield 792-7409, Daphne Did you know that there is an update card
Davis 792-5459 or Kara Bosler 792-6433. on our website! Go to
and update your file in seconds. You
cannot be referred if your file is
not updated every 30 days.
Info You Should KNOW
Why Play is Important
By Kay Weber milk with a sponge, pouring water into sand or dirt, stretching rubber
Education Consultant, CCR&R of Central Iowa bands, popping corn, or cooking rice.
ramatics, blocks, art, sensory, science & table • Make gadget boards with lights, switches, bells and batteries.
D toys are all components of play that help chil-
dren develop through creative self expressions,
socializations, small motor skills and language.
• Make a worm or ant farm.
Balances, cameras, microscopes, maps, mirrors, pails, prisms, timers, tongs,
This month we will focus on the sciences.
funnels, thermometer, tire pump, kites, gyroscopes, globes, magnets, flash-
How do children discover many of the basic princi- lights, etc.
ples of science such as: energy, sound, magnetism, fric-
tion, acceleration and chemical reactions? They do this by feeling the vibra-
tions of a drum, using magnets to pick up iron, but not plastic, seeing roller Aquarium, corks, feathers, crepe paper, balsa wood, bulbs, straws, soil,
skates make sparks, rolling down a hill and gaining speed or mixing baking seashells, sandpaper, pinwheels, syringes, rocks, rubber bands, rulers, screws,
soda and vinegar together. etc.
Children can find answers to many of the questions they have about their Topics to discuss:
surroundings. They observe, experiment and ask questions to discover how • Machines with wheels that are used at home; vacuum, lawn mower, wheel-
and why things work the way they do. Children can also make things happen barrow, furniture on casters. Wheels we use for fun; rollerskates, skate-
themselves through play, trial and error, watching and listening. boards, ferris wheel, wagon, fishing reel.
Setting the stage for learning and discovery begins by allowing the children • Magnets
opportunities and exposure to many of the sciences. Child and teacher directed • Energy; food, lights, wind and water
activities are a must for exploration.
• Gardening; seeds, planting, soil, plants, grasses
Here are some simple activities, equipment, and materials to serve as a
guide as you enter into the world of science. • Weather; temperature, humidity, wind.
Activities In addition, using their five senses, children of all ages can look at color, or
floating objects in jars, feel fur or corduroy, smell cinnamon, basil, or vinegar,
• Go on a sound hike and listen for sounds as children close their eyes. How taste, sugar, flour, baking soda, butter or vanilla, or listen to bells ring, birds
many different sounds can you discover? chirp, and wind blowing.
• Go on a touch and feel hike and find the softest leaf, the smoothest rock, Whether the equipment or materials are purchased or home made, the
the roughest twig. Find something bumpy, cool, dry, or warm. opportunities can be limitless as you create an environment for your children
• Look for different types of plants and group the colors, sizes, fragrances, to explore and experiment in.
numbers of petals or leaves, etc. Remember to keep your materials and activities developmentally appropri-
• Make a museum of rocks, shells, nuts, stones, etc. ate and child initiated. Provide choices, intervene as necessary, and have fun.
• Experiment with measurements using pitchers, cups, scales, or a ther- References:
mometer. Activities for school-age child care; Playing and Leaning NAEYC.
• Experiment with matter such as weight, elasticity, cutting fruit, wiping up
Have You Read With a Child Today?
By Crystal Abbe, Polk County Coordinator
Every Child Reads
"I learned how something as simple as talking with chil- Professional Development credit from Drake University, Heartland AEA and
dren promotes literacy!" "I learned what to look for when DMACC is available to Every Child Reads participants. Additionally, every gradu-
choosing books." "I understand how to promote writing ate receives at least ten books for their early childhood practice.
before children are actually expected to write." "I wish the Dorothy Lifka was the instructor for Polk County's first Every Child Reads
classes could have gone on longer." "It was great to know series. Graduates from this class are Felicia Owens (Bidwell Riverside), Julia
that I am doing good things for children and that with just a Moats (ChildNet Home), Charlene Hickling (ChildNet Home), Marilyn Haugh
little extra thought, I can do AWESOME things for chil- (ChildNet Home), Susan Fulcher (ChildNet Home), Tawnya Raymond (Bidwell
dren...things that will help them succeed in school and in Riverside), Cassie Strickler (ChildNet Home) and Kelly Ramus (ChildNet Home).
Polk County will offer a spring Every Child Reads series on Tuesday evenings
These are some responses from recent graduates of the Every Child Reads, 3-5 with one Saturday session, beginning April 1, 2003. You can be a part of this
years series. Every Child Reads focuses on assisting early childhood professionals advanced-level, research-based training. Due to funding, space is extremely limit-
better prepare children for kindergarten readiness. Stages for three areas of skill ed. To apply for registration, call Crystal Abbe at 286-3718.
include language, writing and reading. Strategies designed to nurture these pre-
literacy skills are learned and practiced with children throughout the series.