We educate and support the adults who care for young children in Southwest Ohio, the Miami Valley and Kentucky.



Helping Kids Get Kindergarten Ready, One Child Care Provider at a Time

August 14, 2017

On a cold winter morning, Missy Harris walks into a room of preschoolers celebrating a birthday. She’s greeted by a multitude of hands covered with red icing reaching out for hugs. She gathers them up and laughs. “Welcome to a typical day for a child care provider,” she says.As director ...

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Building Healthy Habits, One Child at a Time

August 7, 2017

“Where does milk come from?”“A cup.”Children in Angela Lyshe-Thierry’s neighborhood don’t meet many cows or get to observe fields that grow the produce they eat being plowed, planted and harvested. There isn’t even a neighborhood grocery store where they can go to see a colorful variety of fresh fruits and ...

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Encourage Perseverance

Teaching Your Child Not to Quit

August 2, 2017

How many times have you heard your child say, "This is too hard" or "I can't do it"? Have you seen your child become frustrated and give up on a task or activity because he can't figure it out? Perseverance is the willingness to keep on trying. Teaching and encouraging ...

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Breaking Down Child Care Barriers, One Family at a Time

August 1, 2017

A gift from heaven.That’s how U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Christine Carter of Dayton describes having a child care provider in place to care for her special needs son and give respite to her family.“It’s so hard to find someone who you can trust to watch your special needs child,” ...

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Grandfather And Grandson

The Importance of Kinship Caregivers

July 6, 2017

In the United States there are currently more than 2.7 million children being raised by relatives, especially by grandparents. This number seems to grow daily due to the overwhelming challenges in today’s society. Many grandparents and other relatives have taken over the care of children because of substance abuse, incarceration, ...

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