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Please take some time to check out this 3:30-minute video developed by Child Care Aware of America and Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. It discusses the topic of “Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?” The scenario in the video is center-based but the ideas carry over to daycare homes. As we face a child care crisis in Minnesota we need to find ways to support our early childhood providers and educators!

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Farm to Child Care
Interested in learning more about Farm to Child Care!? Check out this link for many awesome resources!

Listed here are some GREAT websites for Free Activities.

  • Jumpstart includes apps for smartphones and printable coloring and activity sheets. Resources are broken down by age group, and there is something for everyone.
  • Smarter Lunchrooms Movement This is geared mainly toward school settings, but has helpful information under the “Score Card & Tools” tab that providers can use, such as the “Creative, Fun, and Descriptive Names”.
  • Includes free activity ideas

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Grow It, Try It, Like It!
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits – peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables – spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.