What’s for lunch?
In the United States, a substantial number of young children are in child care. Seventy-four percent of pre-school-aged children are in some form of non-parental care and 56% are in center-based child care. In recent years, the amount of time children spend in child care each week has increased, and as a result children in child care may consume a large proportion of their daily energy intake at child-care facilities. Child-care providers are responsible for providing nutritionally adequate, healthful food to children, but may receive little guidance in this area.
Recent research compared state regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia with menu standards found in Caring for Our Children—National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs. Specifically, these guidelines suggest that:
One additional standard, that menus in child care are reviewed by a nutrition professional, was added to this review...Substantial variation existed among state regulations regarding menus...Within the same state, regulations for child-care centers and family child-care homes often did not match. Overall, great discrepancies were found between model child-care menu policies and current state regulations in most states. For the complete study go to the following website link.
By far the most common type of injury accident involving children are those that also involve motor vehicle collisions. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), nearly 250,000 children are injured every year in car accidents. This means that on any given day nearly 700 children are harmed due to accidents on our roadways. Of the 250,000 kids injured each year, approximately 2,000 die from their injuries. Children make up about 5% of total fatalities due to car accidents. In fact, for children between the ages of 2 and 14, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. There are 9 safety procedures that should be followed every time children are transported while in child care or at home
Check to make sure these safety procedures are followed every time children are transported in child care or at home:
Not sure which child safety seat to use?
Are you looking for a vehicle safety seat for your infant, toddler or 4-8 year old child but overwhelmed by the choices and worried about how to properly install your car seat? The following website provides 4 Steps that will help you properly choose and install the correct safety seat for your child.
Turkey was introduced to the early Pilgrim settlers by the Native American Wampanoag tribe after the Pilgrims arrived in 1620. The first year for the settlers was bleak, with many dying from the journey. Their seeds, aside from barley, did not produce any usable crops. The Indians assisted the settlers, introducing them to native foods such as corn and squash and showed them how to hunt and fish. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at the behest of Governor William Bradford, and the Native Americans were invited guests of honor.
The wild turkey is native to North America and was a staple in the Native American diet. It was imported to Europe in the early part of the 16th century by the Spaniards via Turkey (the country.) It was confused in those early times with the Guinea fowl which also arrived via Turkey, and both birds were called turkeys in those days. When it was assigned its Latin name in the 18th century, the name turkey still stuck. Native Americans called it Peru with no reference to the country of the same name.
Here’s a twist on the classic handprint Thanksgiving turkey craft
What You Need:
How You Make It: