Welcome to our Family Child Care Provider e-news feature! Once every other month we will gather resources that are specific to Family Child Care Providers in the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio. Stay tuned to receive the latest updates to help support you in your business and your journey to providing quality care for our youngest learners.
Family Child Care Connections December Meeting
The next “Family Child Care Connections” virtual meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
The topic for December is: Discussing New FCC Licensing Rules with Licensing Specialists Sonya Bass and Angie Wallace. Email any questions you may have for licensing to firstname.lastname@example.org (with FCC Connection Question in the Subject Line). Questions are due by November 30, 2021.
The mission of these monthly sessions is to support Family Child Care Providers in your daily interactions with children and families, in the spirit of refreshing and restoring in a relaxed, professional virtual environment.
Here are some action steps to take for your family child care business this month:
- Begin or continue to work on your Professional Development Hours. At least 10 Ohio Approved hours should be completed by June 30, 2022. View 4C for Children’s upcoming Ohio Approved training here: 4cforchildren.org/training
- Always check your expiration dates on your health and safety trainings (CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse) required by ODJFS. Please note that these trainings do not count as professional development hours. 4C for Children has the following upcoming training opportunities:
- Dec. 4: Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Review
- Dec. 4: Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Initial
- Dec. 10: CPR+AED & Basic First Aid Training (Virtual Training with an in-person skills test at our Southwest Ohio office Dec. 13)
- Dec. 10: CPR+AED & Basic First Aid Training (Virtual Training with an in-person skills test at our Miami Valley office Dec. 15)
- Dec. 13: Communicable Disease Recognition and Prevention Initial
- Dec. 13: Communicable Disease Recognition and Prevention Review
Here is an important tip to help you with your Step Up To Quality goals. Reach out to your coach if you need help.
This time of year is great for family engagement opportunities. Plan events that support your program and SUTQ needs and requirements. One way to do this is by using social media. Read on for some ideas.
Using Social Media to Engage Families
Social media is a great way to partner with families. You can use it to engage parents in supporting their children’s learning and healthy development, and so much more. Understanding how families use social media may also be helpful as you create or enhance your social media plan. Download this guide for tips on engaging families using social media.
Use the guide to:
- Develop and manage a social media plan
- Identify your audience and connect your social media efforts to your program’s mission
- Choose the best sites and times to post based on your audience and objectives
- Take into consideration such issues as technical requirements, promotion, and quality assurance
- Create posts that are strengths-based, easy for readers to understand, and culturally and linguistically responsive
- Respond thoughtfully to comments and questions from families on social media
Guide from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement.
Try this fun fall activity from the blog “The Best Ideas for Kids.” Gather some leaves and make art. Here is an activity for Leaf Painting.
Here are some resources you might want to know more about!
- Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines, from the CDC
- What are the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19? From the CDC
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