Child Care Funding Opportunities

Here are some current child care funding opportunities. We do our best to keep this list up-to-date but cannot verify it’s accuracy.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

After School Advantage Program Its goal is to address the needs of underprivileged/at-risk children ages five to 18 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours in a safe environment. It does this by providing qualifying non-profit community agencies and public schools with digital learning centers. Each digital learning center is unique in its design and specific to an organization’s custom needs. Deadline: Rolling

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas

KaBOOM Play Grants Opportunities to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects Deadline: Various

Anne E. Casey Foundation The Annie E. Casey Foundation is limited to initiatives in the United States that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery and community supports for disadvantaged children and families. Deadline: Rolling

BJ’s Charitable Foundation-Supports nonprofit programs in communities where BJ’s Clubs are located. Support will be given to nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. These programs include the purchase of supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring and career development. Deadline: Rolling

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants:  The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Deadline: Rolling

Reiman Foundation Grant: The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed and decisions made on applications received on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Deadline is rolling.

Crayola Art-Infused Education Program Grants:Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

 

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Free Online Child Care Class

Both Teacher and Child Care Appreciation is celebrated in May. To celebrate, we are offering a free online child care class!

First Friends–1 clock hour

This online child care training class will review how children form early friendships and what you can do to promote positive social skills Email us at freeclass@childcarelounge.com with your full name, email address and mailing address. Please allow 3 business days for access information. Enroll by 5/16/17 and you take the class whenever you wish.

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Online Classes for CDA Renewal

Your CDA Credential is valid for three years from the award date, and it must be renewed before it expires. A CDA Credential may only be renewed for the original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization

Save money buy enrolling in this packet instead of paying for each online class individually.

When you enroll, you will be given access to classes in our catalog of online classes that are relevant for the CDA setting that you choose for renewal

Click here to learn more and enroll!

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Easter Egg Fun – Decoration Ideas

There is so much more you can do with eggs than just following the steps on the back of a kit box. I hope the Easter egg decoration ideas below will inspire some creative Easter egg designs for you to make!

Basic Egg Dye

1/2 cup boiling water
1-teaspoon vinegar
about 1/2-teaspoon food coloring

Dip one egg at a time into the mixture for a colorful Easter egg.

Natural Egg Dyes

A rule of thumb: Natural dyes require eggs soak for much longer times, sometimes as long as overnight. Remember the longer the egg is in the dye, the darker the color will be.

Onion Skins- (red onions = lavender-dark red yellow onions = tan-gold) Boil the skins with the egg and then let soak.
Pickled Beet Juice- (pink)
Coffee-(brown) mix 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ½ teaspoon of vinegar to 1 cup boiling water.

Glossy Easter Eggs

Mix sweet and condensed milk with food coloring and paint with brushes or Q-tips.

Swirly Eggs

Mix one tablespoon each of oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring. Add enough water to cover an egg. Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with additional colors if desired.

 

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Resist Eggs

Besides using crayons to form a resist or batik pattern, try using stickers of different shapes. Gummed reinforcement rings work well. Other patterns can bemade using rubber bands and masking tape.

Drip Eggs

Place egg into an egg cup so that it is standing upright. Use a spray bottle to mist the top of the egg. Squeeze a drop of food coloring onto the top of the egg. Hold water bottle at a distance and mist the top again. Add additional colors if wanted. Mist or blow on the egg to create a desired effect.

Sponged Eggs

Paint a hard boiled egg with acrylic craft paint and a brush. After the egg is dry, sponge white paint on the egg to create a fun pattern.
Chalkboard Paint Eggs

Paint a hard boiled egg chalkboard paint. When dry, allow children to decorate the eggs using different colors of chalk.


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Pennsylvania Online Classes for Spring

Pennsylvania Classes that are funded by the Southwest Regional Key:

A program of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.

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Spring Calendar

 

March 20th-March 31st

Bullies: How to Manage and Prevent Their Behavior Online Class  -Although bullying has been a problem for a long time, it is only recently that studies are showing the huge toll that it takes on the social and emotional lives of children. This class will help you understand why bullying occurs and give you techniques for responding to this behavior. This class is worth 2 clock hours

Info for Taming Temper Tantrums -This class is worth 6 clock hours. This online training is designed for experienced providers who care for young children. Participants will learn to identify common causes of temper tantrums and how to prevent them. This online class looks at many types of tantrums and how to help children develop self-control.

April 3rd-April 15th

Potty Training in Child Care-This class is worth 1 clock hour This training class reviews the importance of readiness and gives guidelines for potty training in a child care program.

Preschool Math  This class is worth 3 clock hours This online training is designed to guide teachers and child care providers in implementing math curricular activities and learning into the preschool program .You do not have to have a degree in physics to help young children in your early childhood program learn about math. The rudiments of a math curriculum start with the child and the world around them. This online workshop lesson will guide you in helping children learn about math as they explore and discover and have fun!

April 17th- April 29th

Infant and Toddler Care This class is worth 4 clock hours This training is designed for both novice and experienced providers who care for infants and/or young toddlers. In light of current research pointing to the importance of the first three years of development, many providers and early childhood teachers are questioning what should be happening in an infant and toddler care program. Quality child care programs recognize that such care is much more than just custodial care. This online lesson will help you develop a plan for the care and education of for infants and toddlers.

Gather ‘Round for Circle Time This is a class that will help providers improve their curriculum. You will learn how to plan for a developmentally appropriate circle time that has value and interest for all children in your program. This class is worth 1 clock hour 

May 1st- May 13th

Potty Training in Child Care-This class is worth 1 clock hour This training class reviews the importance of readiness and gives guidelines for potty training in a child care program.

Info for Taming Temper Tantrums -This class is worth 6 clock hours This online training is designed for experienced providers who care for young children. Participants will learn to identify common causes of temper tantrums and how to prevent them. This online class looks at many types of tantrums and how to help children develop self-control.

May 15th-27th

Understanding and Responding to Biting This class is worth 1 clock hour This online training will help child care providers learn how to prevent and manage biting. One of the most troublesome child behaviors, from a parent’s perspective, is biting. This is true whether the child is the aggressor or the victim. However, biting in child care is a very common behavior from the time children start teething all the way through their toddler years.

 

Remember these are self-study classes that you can complete anytime during the set time frame.

Click here to register on the PA. Keys website

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License our training curriculum

We can help you to conduct your own training using an established curriculum. You may license our  training curriculum content to provide professional development using your own trainer(s).  You can deliver the training material as is, or adapt it to your needs.

  • All content notes and suggested methods of presentation.

  • A PowerPoint

  • Master copy of all handouts or links to online content (if applicable).

  • A list of supplies needed (if applicable).

  • Tools for assessment

  • Certificate template

  • Training record template

  • Trainer’s booklet including tips, ideas for planning in-service events, and icebreaker games!

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  • Designer has an M.Ed. in adult education and curriculum design and development.We sought the input of other child care providers and professionals regarding the class topics and content.

    Meets standards for quality online training.

    Meets principles for adult learning.

    Meets the quality assurance/training approval standards for many states.

    We use a variety of content resources and media when developing the classes

    Let us know if you want more information

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Free Trial Online Class

Free trial online class
Gather ‘Round for Circle Time-1 clock hour
This is a class that will help providers improve their curriculum. You will learn how to plan for a developmentally appropriate circle time that has value and interest for all children in your program. If you have never taken a class with us before now is the time to try one! Email us at freeclass@childcarelounge.com with your full name, email address and mailing address. Please allow 3 business days for access information!

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2016 Child Care News Stories

Here are some of the top news and research stories from the past year of 2016

U.S. Department of Education Announces $3 Million in Pay for Success Grants for Preschool Programs

Federal report recommends teaching self-regulation in schools

How dwelling on problems could harm mother-child bonding

Early childhood programs have long-term benefits, study finds

Mom’s Support in Early Number Play Helps Boost Future Math Scores

Poverty Wages For U.S. Child Care Workers May Be Behind High Turnover

Dad in-tune to child’s needs and abilities

New screen time rules for kids, by doctors

National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs-Updated

Sleep-Deprived Preschoolers May Eat More

Study: Racial bias might start as early as preschool

Emotionally invested parents give children a leg up in life

Infants pay more attention to native speakers of their language

Fussy Babies At Higher Risk Of Obesity

African American Early Childhood Teachers Make 84 Cents for Every $1 Earned by Their White Peers

Risk for Autism in Younger Children Increases Significantly If They Have Older Sibling with Disorder

Breastfeeding associated w/ better brain development & neurocognitive outcomes

The State of Preschool 2015

Sleep experts reveal new recommendations for children

Social, Emotional Needs of Autistic Students Should Come First

Good Nutrition Positively Affects Social Development, Penn Research Shows

ADHD Linked to Disturbed Sleep in Children

Lunch Rules Ban Fried Foods, Frosted Flakes in Daycare

Study Finds Link Between Parenting & Child’s Self-Control

CDC Finds No Change In Autism Prevalence

Brief Intervention Can Stop Playground Bully Behavior

Here’s Why Preschool Suspensions Are Harmful

Preschool and its long-term benefits

Why Kindergarten Is The New First Grade

Helicopter Parenting Can Hinder Child Development

Gaps in preschool access largest for Latino kids

Poverty linked to childhood depression, changes in brain connectivity

Exercise early in life promotes healthy brain, metabolism

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Christmas Tree! Theme and Activities

The Christmas tree is a well known symbol of the holiday. Learn more about the wonderful tradition and find great ways to celebrate.

Christmas Tree Facts

Learn More About the Christmas Tree:

  • 2-3 seedlings are planted for every harvested Christmas tree.
  • Christmas trees take 7-10 years to mature.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states.
  • Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees.
  • 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year.
  • The top selling Christmas trees are Balsam fir, Douglas fir, and Scotch Pine.

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Sing “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely

Each year you bring to me delight,
meaning in the Christmas night

Oh Christmas tree, oh Dhristmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
with faithful leaves unchanging
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
with faithful leaves unchanging

Your boughs are green,
in sommers glow and do not
fade in winters snow

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
with faithful leaves unchanging

Each year you bring to me delight,
meaning in the christmas night

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
of all the trees most lovely.

Make Christmas Trees

Snow-Covered Trees
Paint pine cones green. Cover pine cones with whipped Ivory Flakes. You can add on glitter for additional decoration.

Hand Print Tree
Have children trace handprints on green construction paper. Cut out the hands and help children glue them in a form of a pyramid. Have fingers face outward to add to the illusion of branches. Decorate.

Decorate The Tree

Cinnamon Scented Ornaments
Ingredients:
-1 cup cinnamon
-1 T. cloves
-1 T. nutmeg
-3/4 C. applesauce
-2 T. white glue

Mix ingredients until you have a smooth dough. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Be sure to make a hole in the top. Place aside and let dry for a few days.

Hanging Lids
Punch a hole in the lid of a frozen juice can and allow children to decorate with a variety of craft materials.

Silver Bells Ornaments
Puch a hole in the top of a dixie paper cup. Loop wire or a pipe cleaner through for hanger. Leave extra wire hanging in the center and attach a small craft bell. Cover the cup with tin foil and glue on glitter or decorations.

Beaded Wreath or Candy Cane
Form the desired shape of a ring or hook with a pipe cleaner. Allow older children to string on colored beads. By alternating red and white beads on the hook, a candy cane is made. Simply bend over the last section of the pipe cleaner to secure. Attach a red ribbon to a ring of green beads for the wreath.

 

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Online Child Care Classes with Immediate Certificates

Child Care Lounge now offers classes with immediate certificates. We still offer some classes that are more in-depth and come with personalized instructor review. However you can now take an online class, complete the class and get a certificate right away!

 

Certificate is Granted Immediately

Certificate is Granted After Instructor Review (7-10 days)

Infant and Toddler Care Positive Discipline
Recruiting Child Care Staff> The Anti-bias Approach
Potty Training in Child Care Promoting Family Partnerships
PreSchool Math Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Choosing toys and art activities
Moving and Grooving: Motor Skills and Movement Autism in Your Child Care Setting
Principles of Child Development Using Books and Stories with Young Children
Theories of Child Development Proud to Be a Professional!
Mentoring Methods Managing Mixed Age Groups in a Child Care Setting
Open the Door to Outdoor Fun and Learning Learning Through Play
Becoming Part of a Professional Team Preschool Science: A Sense of Wonder and Discovery
Moving and Grooving: Motor Skills and Movement Separation Anxiety
While Children Play: Your Role> Taming Temper Tantrums
Cooking Up Some Fun Caring for Yourself as a Child Care Provider
First Friends The Impact of Violence on Young Children
The Amazing Newborn Marketing Your Child Care Program
The Best Ideas on Staff Management Reporting Concerns
Toddlers: Terrific or Terrible? Tranquil Transitions
Every Child is Unique Bullies: How to Manage and Prevent Their Behavior
Understanding and Responding to Biting Social and Emotional Skills Spell School Success and Readiness
Where Everyone is Welcome Observing Children
Routines and Relationships Excellence in Child Care Customer Service
Understanding and Responding to ADHD Classroom Environments: Setting the Stage for Play and Learning
Growing Young Gardeners -
About Adult Learners -
Gather ‘Round for Circle Time -
Open the Door to Outdoor Fun and Learning -

 

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