Child Care Connections

Child Care Connections is a reference page necessary to help child care providers. As child care providers, whether it was in the home as a family provider or in our commercial location, we had TONS of questions. It was difficult coming across child care references in one location. Even after years of experience we look for the best possible information to run our business. All of these sites provide great information. Child Care Connections will help connect you with resources regarding Child Care Safety, Child Care Association, Nutrion, and many more subjects.

Early Childhood News & Publications

Early Childhood Focus
Founded by the NACCRRA in 2002 Early Childhood Focus is an excellent news source for early childhood professionals, policy-makers, parents and advocates with up to date early childhood news from all across the United States.

Early Childhood News
Early Childhood News is an online resource for teachers and parents with children from infants to age eight including a Sharing Board for exchanging ideas with other teachers and parents.

Education World
Education World is the educators best friend with information on lesson planning, professional development, and ideas for integrating technology in the classroom.

Child Care Information Exchange
Child Care Information Exchange promotes the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through its magazine, books, training products, seminars, and international conferences.

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Child Care Associations & Resources

Child Care Associations are one of the best child care resources. They provide up to date information on the child care industry. Many associations offer accreditaion for your center. Accreditation is great because it ensures your center provides the very best programs that can be offered.

National Association for the Education of Young Children - NAEYC
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals and others who are dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children ages birth through age eight.

National Child Care Association - NCCA
The National Child Care Association (NCCA) is a professional trade association focusing on the needs of licensed, private childhood care and education programs.

National Association of Child Care Professionals - NACCP
The National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP) is dedicated to serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. NACCP is committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early child care and improving the quality of early child care education.

National Association for Family Child Care - NAFCC
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care by promoting high quality, professional early care and education and strengthening communities where providers live and work.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - NACCRRA
The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) is a network of community-based childcare resource and referral agencies. The organization is a common-ground where families, childcare providers, and communities can share information about quality childcare. You may also be interested in the Business Center of the Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCR&R).

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Child Immunizations

National Immunization Program - NIP
The National Immunization Program of the U.S. Center for Disease Control offers printable versions of the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. Keep track of immunizations due and a history of immunizations received with Child Immunization Software from ProCare.

National Network for Immunization Information - NNii

The National Network for Immunization Information provides up-to-date, science-based information for everyone who needs to know the facts about vaccines and immunizations.

State by State Immunization Info
Look up immunization information specific to your State.

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Food Program & Child Nutrition

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program - CACFP
Through the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals each day. Childcare centers that participate in the Food Program are reimbursed for serving meals based on Income Eligibility Guidelines and current Reimbursement Rates. Look up your State Agency to find out more. Learn how your daycare can use Food Program Record Keeping Software from ProCare to simplify CACFP paperwork by tracking meals served and generating menus, shopping lists and production records. Download the latest USDA Food Buying Guide showing ingredients, children's age groups and required serving sizes used by childcare centers to meet CACFP requirements.

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Daycare Accounting Resources & Tutorials

Generally Accepted Accounting Principals - GAAP
Many child care providers do not have an accounting background. Whether you are a center owner or family provider it is best that you work with a CPA when operating your business. Still, everyone who operates a business should have some basic accounting knowledge, which will help you make better business decisions. Here is a list of accounting tutorials to help. You can also go to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Accounting for Dummies.

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Child Care & Daycare Safety Checklist

Injury Free Coalition for Kids
The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is dedicated to helping keep children safe including topics like playground safety, fire safety and, of course, daycare safety. They also offer a free Daycare Safety Checklist and optional PowerPoint Presentation.

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commision

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commision publishes a Playground Safety Checklist and a general Child Care Safety list as well as other helpful information.

National Network for Child Care - NNCC

The National Network for Child Care has a good Safety Checklist for Family Child Care.

University of Nebraska - Child Care Safety Reports

The University of Nebraska has made available two excellent references in printable .PDF format on General Child Care Safety and Child Care Furnishings Safety.

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Payroll Tax Information

There are many options for handling payroll. Our school uses a payroll service. There are many reputable services available for large and small businesses. If you are a smaller operation, less than 5 or 6, payroll software such as Quickbooks may do the trick. Payroll Software greatly simplifies the process by automating withholding calculations and providing tax deposit reports.

Want to Increase Employee Take Home Pay at No Cost to You? Find out about the Advanced Earned Income Tax Credit (AEITC).

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Computers, Supplies, Classroom Materials

Day Care Group Purchasing Organization - DCGPO
The Day Care Group Purchasing Organization (DCGPO) allows child care centers to reduce costs and increase their bottom lines with services typically available only to large corporations. DCGPO is the only group purchasing organization focused solely on the business of child care. Benefits of membership include group purchasing, insurance & benefits, training & educational services, food programs and technology solutions. DCGPO members use their combined purchasing power to receive volume discount pricing for products such as supplies, arts & crafts, playground equipment, food and beverages, furniture and more. DCGPO has established relationships with leading suppliers to ensure the highest quality and best prices on the market.

Hatch Technology & Toys

Hatch Technology & Toys is a leading provider of early childhood educational materials and technology solutions including computer learning centers, children's software, classroom materials and curriculum for childcare, daycare and preschool programs.

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