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The October - December 2013 Training & Registration Portfolio is now available.
Beginning July 1, 2012, Kentucky's network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies will become Child Care Aware® of Kentucky. As part of this initiative, important changes in the CCR&R services will take place. To learn more visit, http://www.kentuckypartnership.org/childcareaware
WKU CCR&R Hot Topics in Technical Assistance Requests:
Lesson Plans – "A lesson plan is not the daily schedule – it should have more detail than a daily schedule. Your preschool or school age daily schedule may include headings like "story time." But a lesson plan would tell what specific book you are going to read, props to help it come alive, and activities you plan to do to engage children during the story and as follow-up." To learn more, check out this past Child Care Professional Article.
Cribs – "Beginning Dec 28, 2012, any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. The new standards take effect for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors on June 28, 2011, addressing deadly hazards previously seen with traditional drop-side rails, requiring more durable hardware and parts and mandating more rigorous testing." To learn more, take a look at the Child Care Providers Guide to New Crib Standards from the Division of Child Care.
Disaster Preparedness – "A child-care center licensed under KRS 199.896 shall have a written plan for evacuation in the event of fire, natural disaster, or other threatening situation that may pose a health or safety hazard to the children in the center." KRS 199.895 requiring the above mentioned evacuation plan went into effect on December 31, 2011. The plan shall include but not be limited to: A designated relocation site and evacuation route; Procedures for notifying parents of the relocation and ensuring family reunification; Procedures to address the needs of individual children including children with special needs; Instructions relating to the training of staff or the reassignment of staff duties, as appropriate; Coordination with local emergency management officials; and A program to ensure that appropriate staff are familiar with the plan's components.