Child Care Aware® Parent Network Webinars
Child Care Aware® Parent Network webinars, presented by child care experts, provide information about quality child care and other topics that are of interest to you. They are designed specifically for busy parents, grandparents, advocates, and professionals. Our educational webinars are always FREE!
Drowning Prevention- Everyone's Responsibility
May 29, 2013 at 7 p.m. Eastern
This month’s Child Care Aware® Parent Network (CCAPN) webinar will focus on water safety, including the importance of supervision, drowning prevention tips, and the national Pool Safely campaign. Kathleen Reilly, Campaign Project Manager of the Pool Safely Campaign, will be joined by Kim Burgess, Executive Director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Reilly will talk about Pool Safely, the award winning public education campaign from the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission aimed at preventing child drownings and entrapments; Burgess will address the importance of parent supervision, caregiver supervision, touch supervision, learn to swim, CPR and layers of protection for your facility and home. Register today.
Kids and Cars: Transportation Safety (June)
What Parents Need to Know about Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety (July)
National Immunization Awareness Month (August)
National Disaster Preparedness Month (September)
National SIDS Awareness Month (October)
The Influence of Technology and the Media (November)
Setting the State for a Happy Holiday Season: Assisting Children in Managing Stress During the Holidays (December)
Ways to Understand and Respond to Autism Spectrum Disorders
May 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Dr. Gerard Costa reviewed the early signs of autism, discussed the recent reports about the rise in children given this diagnosis, and offered an "inside" perspective of how children and adults with autism might be experiencing the world. Through discussion with the webinar participants, information about the emerging neuroscience of autism, the range of interventions available, and the importance of autism "acceptance" was explored.
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Sesame Street: Children's Experiences With Divorce
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March 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Divorce affects nearly 40 perecnt of American children. In response to this need, Sesame Street has created a host of materials to address the needs of families with young children (ages 2–8) going through a divorce or separation. In this webinar, you will be introduced to all of the components of the Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce Outreach Initiative, be shown how to apply the materials to your own settings, and learn how Sesame’s videos, storybooks, caregiver guide, Mobile App, and online resources can be used to help children through this extraordinary challenge.
National Children's Dental Health Month
February 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Children’s oral health is one of the top priorities for the nation. This webinar will look at the oral health issues faced by children age birth to 5 years, explain the importance of daily home care and the need for a child to see a dentist by age one, and how cavities are formed and what you can do to prevent them. We will also offer tips and resources for parents and child care providers. Dental decay is nearly 100 percent preventable, and yet, it is the most prevalent unmet health care need of children and adolescents in this country. Poor and minority children are disproportionately affected by this disease. Be sure to sign up today!
Healthy Habits for Life, Hosted by Sesame Workshop
January 29, 2013 at 7 p.m. ET
The childhood obesity rate has tripled in the past 30 years. Presently, 1 in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Sesame Street is committed to reversing this trend by connecting with preschoolers when they are forming their eating, exercise, and hygiene habits, and setting them on track for a lifetime of wellness. Join Sesame Workshop for an hour-long webinar that will provide multimedia resources to help child care providers integrate “healthy” activities within their existing curriculum and engage young children in physical activity and movement. We recommend downloading the Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit before the session so that you can follow along: http://www.sesamestreet.org/cms_services/services?action=download&uid=77960fa1-69ad-47c9-a54d-e98b95863ffa.
Executive Function in Practice and Policy
November 28, 2012 at 7:00pm ET
Join Al Race, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University as he discusses early brain development, in simple terms, to help parents understand where the term executive function comes from and how it fits into a larger developmental picture. He will also discuss how WA state embedded executive function in their early learning guidelines and some of the other ways in which they are thinking about executive function across policy areas. The webinar will conclude with how this relates to children in Kindergarten and pre-k, as well as a question and answer session. Be sure to register today!
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
October 30, 2012 at 7:00pm ET
Join Betty McEntire with the American SIDS Institute and our parent leader, Shelley Blecha from Missouri, for a webinar discussing safe sleep practices, SIDS and prevention. Betty will present background information and informational tips while Shelley will share the story of her infant son in a family child care home. Infant sleep positions are so important in preventing tragedies. Information about the "Back-to-Sleep" campaign and other strategies will be discussed. Be sure to sign up today!
We've Got the Moves (with Sesame Street!)
September 20, 2012 at 7:00pm ET
Join Sesame Workshop in an interactive webinar that will provide multimedia resources to help child care providers engage young children in physical activity and movement, with minimal preparation time and resources. We will introduce participants to our brand new We Have the Moves physical activity resource, which includes activity ideas to help ensure that children are participating in all levels of physical activity every day – even on days when they can’t go outdoors. During the webinar, we will share the materials and explain how they can be used with children in fun and educational ways. Additionally, we will provide ideas on how to customize the activities to your own setting and to different age groups. We recommend downloading the We Have the Moves physical activity resource before the session so that you can follow along (http://www.sesamestreet.org/cms_services/services?action=download&uid=46...).
Children & Cars: What you need to know
Join the Child Care Aware® Parent Network for a webinar! Disasters in cars happen quickly. Learn some tips as we join Lorrie Walker from Safe Kids and Parent Advocate Kristie Reeves for an hour-long webinar on transportation safety.
Make the First Five Count
April is Autism Awareness Month and the latest research tells us that the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder is growing. Join the Child Care Aware® Parent Network for a webinar to learn more about how parents and child care providers can help to provide early diagnoses and successful early intervention for young children.
Learn how quality inclusive child care, in a setting with both children with disabilities and typically-developing children, would benefit your child.
Have all your questions answered by our expert presenter, Katy Neas, the Vice President of Government Relations with Easter Seals.
Speak Up to Protect Kids
Join the Child Care Aware® Parent Network for a webinar! Prevention of child abuse is key, and as a parent, there are some steps you can take to protect your children. Raising children can be challenging, but when you are prepared to handle stress in a safe way you can protect your kids from the long-term negative impact that can result from exposure to violence in childhood. Learn how to recognize warning signs, and what to do if you suspect your child has been abused by someone else.
Our presenter, Dr. Maria McColgan, is a board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician and the Director of the Child Protection Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaina. Dr. McColgan is also the Pediatric Advisor and Founding Chair of the Advisory Board to Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania.
Is Media the Other Parent? The Influence of Media and Technology on Young Children
Media and technology are evolving at a rapid pace, affecting young children in both positive and negative ways. Join us to learn about the impact of media on young children, learn about the latest research on media in the lives of young children, and hear expert guidance about how to raise and educate children in today's 24/7 media world.
Presenter: Kelly Mendoza, Senior Manager of Professional Development, Common Sense Media. Kelly manages professional development for Common Sense Media’s educational programs. She presents trainings and workshops to educators, parents, and students on digital citizenship and media issues. She is a Doctoral Candidate in the Mass Media and Communication.
Let's Move! Child Care Physical Activity for Providers and Parents
Learn about the Let’s Move! Child Care goals related to physical activity. Sesame Workshop shares what research tells us about the importance of one to two hours of physical activity throughout the child care day, the inclusion of outdoor activities in child care, and how to develop an outdoor activity plan for young children.
Presenter: The Sesame Workshop
Fire Safety: Protecting Our Children
October 9 - 15, 2011 is National Fire Prevention Week.! Join the Child Care Aware® Parent Network for an overview of fire prevention and safety measures that we all should practice on a daily basis to ensure the safety of our children. From inside your home to inside child care facilities, fire prevention efforts are everywhere we turn. Be ready for a very informative session- from "Stop Drop and Roll" to how to prevent fires and increase the fire safety of child care facilities.
Presenter: Ben Hammond, Fire Marshal, Sheridan Fire Department, Sheridan, Arkansas.
Eating Healthy on a Budget the Sesame Way!
Join Sesame Workshop in an interactive session that will provide multimedia tools for parents and caregivers of young children to cope with the challenges of food insecurity. We provide specific strategies to help support families with: ways to create positive experiences around food for children with engaging key messages that promote basic nutrition; language to use when discussing healthy habits and food insecurity with children; and guidance on achieving a nutritious, balanced diet on a budget. During the session, we share the materials in our Food for Thought outreach kit and explain how they can be used with children and families in fun and educational ways.
Presenter: Rocío Galarza, Senior Director of Outreach and Content Design for Sesame Workshop.
Making an Informed Vaccine Decision: A conversation with experts to help parents understand vaccine benefits and risks
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Join us for a presentation to help better understand how vaccines work, the recommended immunization schedule for children, why outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases happen, and how parents can protect their children.
Presenters: Dr. Jane Seward and Dr. Larry K. Pickering, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children and Cars: What You Need to Know
Between new car safety seat recommendations, motor vehicle crash statistics, and the tragic stories of children being left behind in a car during hot weather, there are plenty of reasons for parents to worry about their child's safety. Using the correct child safety seat, and ensuring it is installed correctly, is the best way to protect your most vulnerable passengers. After participating in this webinar, you will be able to choose the most appropriate car safety seat for your child, describe the best direction (rear or forward facing) and location in the car to keep your children as safe as possible. We will also discuss correct installation, questions to go over with your child care provider, and help you find resources in your community to ensure every ride is as safe as possible!
Presenter: Dr. Ben Hoffman, Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Are You Ready?
Providers, are you prepared to respond in the event of a disaster? Parents, does your child care program have an emergency response plan? Will you be prepared in the event of a disaster? These are important questions for parents and providers to consider.
Presenter: Jasmine Smith, Senior Public Policy Associate, NACCRRA
Back to Sleep: Safe Sleep Saves Lives!
Join us and learn what it means for babies to get their best and safest sleep while reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). We will also briefly discuss ways to support families when SIDS does happen in and out of the child care setting. Many parents are concerned about how to get their babies asleep and stay asleep. Learn about helping a baby sleep and creating an environment that will give baby the best chance of waking up.
We will also hear from Shelley Blecha about her experience when her 3-month-old son, Nathan, died in an unlicensed child care setting as a result of being placed on his stomach to sleep. Ms. Blecha is now active in children's advocacy efforts at both the state and federal level. She is a member of NACCRRA's Parent Advisory Council, the Child Care Aware® of Missouri parent network, and she is active in the SIDS awareness community.
Presenter: Hanan Kallash, First Candle
Shaken Baby Syndrome: "Never Ever Shake a Baby"
About 25 percent of all shaken baby victims die as a result of their injuries. Of those who survive, 80 percent suffer permanent disabilities. It is time to get the message out loud and clear, "Never Ever Shake a Baby." Our presenter, Brandi Whaley, is a mother of a shaken baby survivor and the founder of Shaken Baby Prevention of Idaho. Brandi will share her daughter's story, and give a parent's perspective of having to go through this preventable tragedy. Shaken Baby Syndrome is the No. 1 cause of death in child abuse involving children less than 1 year of age.
Presenter: Brandi Whaley, Founder, Shaken Baby Prevention of Idaho
Advocacy 101: Every Voice Matters
As a member of NACCRRA's Child Care Aware® Parent Network we know that you care about the affordability and quality of child care, and you know that more can be done to help families with young children in care. Join us to learn how you can become an advocate and make a difference!
Presenter: Pamela Davidson, Director of Government Affairs, NACCRRA
Setting the Stage for a Happy Holiday Season: Assisting Children in Managing Stress During the Holidays
Not only is the holiday season a stressful time for adults, it is for our children as well. Join us for a presentation in identifying causes of stress for children during this time of year and strategies to make this a less stressful, special time of year for the entire family.
Presenter: Debbie Karlstrand, Early Childhood and Professional Development Specialist for The Family Conservancy.
Learning the Signs and Acting Early: Keys to Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities Reach their Full Potential
From birth to age 5, there are milestones children should reach in terms of how they play, learn, speak and act. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, including autism. The good news is, the earlier a delay is recognized the more can be done to help children reach their full potential.
Presenters: Dr. Georgina Peacock, developmental pediatrician, and Ms. Katie Green, health communication specialist, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Children's Museum Experience: Learning through Play
Children's museums create playful, interactive learning experiences that stimulate curiosity and motivate lifelong learning in children. They provide a place where children can learn through play with the caring adults in their lives. Join children's museum professionals for a behind-the-scenes look at children's museums. Learn how these institutions create environments that spark learning in children and connect families through play. Presenters will share essential tips for getting the most out of your next children's museum visit!
Jeannette Thomas, Program Officer, Membership, Association of Children’s Museums,
Susan Harris MacKay, Director, The Center for Children's Learning, Portland Children’s Museum
Keith Ostfeld, Director of Exhibit and Program Development, Children’s Museum of Houston
Joseph Olson, Vice President- Visitor Experience, Minnesota Children’s Museum
Is Media the Other Parent? The Influence of Media and Technology on Young Children.
Media and technology are evolving at a rapid pace, affecting young children in both positive and negative ways. Join us to learn about the impact of media on young children and most importantly, hear expert guidance about how to raise and educate children in today's 24/7 media world.
Presenter: Rebecca Randall, Vice President of Education Programs at Common Sense Media.
What Parents Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety
There are many things you worry about when your child is not feeling well, but figuring out how to safely give medicine to your child should not be one of them. Join us and learn about the latest recommendations surrounding over-the-counter oral cough and cold medicines for children and what parents need to know and look for when reading medicine labels to keep their children safe.
Presenter: Mimi Pappas, Director of Communications & Outreach for Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)