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    Hot Topic: Safe Sleep Practices Keep Infants Safe

    Simple ways you can keep babies safe every day! It feels like everyone is talking about safe sleep these days. Licensing makes it a priority to check on sleeping environments for infants. Paths to QUALITY™ coaches throughout the state are being trained to support providers with sleep-related questions. The reason for this is simple –…

    Great Plates! What do children need to eat to be healthy?

    Simple tips lead to deliciously healthy, decidedly happy eating experiences! Making sure that children get proper nutrition can be daunting. The challenge grows during the late toddler and preschool years. In their second and third years, children begin to decide what they do and do not like to eat. With that new knowledge, little ones often…

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    Building Emotional Literacy with Books

    Great stories do more than build word skills. They can build feelings skills. Curious about how to build emotional literacy with children? The great place to start is a feeling book! Literature is an essential tool for teaching young children emotional literacy skills. Through books, characters show what feelings look like and model how to…

    Active Play Ideas for Yucky Weather

    It’s that time of year when we are all anxious to get outside and let the children run! Bright, sunny days pop up every so often, but Indiana’s winter and spring specialize in cold and wet forecasts. When gray, brown, cold days keep children indoors, gross motor activities sometimes get pushed to the side. It’s easy to put…

    The Hidden Homelessness of Hoosier Children

    New webinar can help you support and serve children and families experiencing homelessness. The reality of childhood homelessness is quite different from common media representation. Most families without homes don’t spend time on street corners, in cars or in shelters. In fact, the majority of children experiencing homelessness do not sleep in shelters. Sixty-eight percent…

    Encouraging healthy eating in childhood: Great, free guides!

    The choices we provide to infants and toddlers set the stage for lifelong nutrition habits! From Facebook posts to coffee room chats, we are caught in a whirlwind of information about nutrition and healthy eating every day. On the flip side, advertising for not-so-great choices is directed at children daily, from grocery store displays to…

    Simple ways to help infants and toddlers move early and often

    Supporting physical development in the early years sets the stage for lifelong health Over 25 years ago I had a conversation with my colleague Bruce. His job was in the adult wellness field, but his role as the father of a two-year-old led him to an interesting insight. Bruce said that we spend the first…