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    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                        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
                                                                                                                    and quality."
                                                                      nents during our tour of the Child               Previously an old Catholic church, the program is current-
Boone Office
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.
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                                                                                                                                              NON PROFIT ORG.
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
    Educational OPPORTUNITIES
     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 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

                                                                                    Educational OPPORTUNITIES
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 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
                                                              class information.
                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                         Educational OPPORTUNITIES
  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.

                                                                                                        Educational OPPORTUNITIES
            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.               , 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
     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.

                                                                      Healthy HABITS
                                    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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teacher, then director.
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    "Every two to four years, I have to deal with feeling of burn out. Usually I take                                                              Redmond, WA 98073-3249
a break and when I come back there’s a wonderful experience with a child or help-                                                         

     Warren & Madison                                                                  Polk
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
   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.
Dinner                                                                   Marshalltown
   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, carolynm@iastate.eduor 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.

                                                                                                      County INFORMATION
   Story                                                                                  Hardin
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
                                                                                       up toys/equipment.
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
   Boone                                                                                                   Renewals
                                                                                           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.