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"What we must realize is that the home, when both parents work, is non-existent. Once we have honestly faced that fact, we must act accordingly." -- Agnes Meyer


In today's world, with so many of our children spending 50 to 60+ hours a week in professional child care, we must ask ourselves: "Who is parenting these children?"  In an earlier day, it was often the mother, aunt, or the grandparent who stayed home with the child, providing not only physical care (food & drink, toileting, etc.), but also equally important emotional care and moral instruction as well. 

Now that much of this task has fallen to us -- the teachers and professional caregivers -- we must examine how we are handling this critical responsibility.  Are the children in our care falling through the parenting gap, or are they thriving -- receiving the emotional warmth and moral instruction they need to grow into healthy minded teenagers and adults?

At Earth's Kids we respect the importance and challenge of the job which professional caregivers do.  Even providing the  so-called "basics"  of a safe, friendly environment, nutritious meals, and reasonable limits takes a tremendous amount of dedication, planning, experience, and patience.  But at the same time, the job you do gives so much to the children in your care -- as well as to their parents and to your community.  We want to support you in this work by providing information about child development, safety standards, forms and paperwork, stress management, and of course fun activities and affordable materials.  We strongly urge you to grow your knowledge base and your professionalism through both formal education and through participation in professional organizations, such as the NAEYC and NAFCC. 

Browse through the links and articles below, but be sure you also surf our sections on Child Development Positive Guidance & Discipline, and  Educational Supplies.

If you are a parent looking for information about choosing child care, click here for our page for our Day Care Tips for Parents.







Caring for Our Children  

This outstanding resource for family day care providers is really an online book, broken into chapters, that outlines best practices for caregivers and educators and provides in-depth practical advice for handling every aspect of the home child care business.  And it's totally free!

Program Activities for Healthy Development

Health Promotion and Protection

Nutrition and Food Service

Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Transportation

Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

Infectious Diseases

Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities 

And much much more!

Choose My Plate, 10 Tips To A Great Plate   

As a care provider you strike a delicate balance every day between providing children with good nutrition and providing them with food they will actually eat! Check out this article for 10 tips to help you rock that balance.  Best of all, it doubles as a printable handout that you can send home with parents.  After all, if families are practicing these guidelines at home, kids will balk less when they sit down to a healthy plateful at your table. 

Learn more about food and nutrition issues.

Learn more about what you can do in your child care program to help prevent childhood obesity.


Containing Clutter in the Home Day Care Environment

Maintaining an orderly and organized home or center for your child care business not only gives a good impression to prospective parent clients, it also helps you and your staff to find materials quickly and easily, and it helps the children learn to be more self sufficient in getting out and putting away toys and materials.  Plus an organized and tidy environment sends subtle signals that not only enhances the ability to focus and stay calm, but also establishes a standard for your expectations about how the environment should be treated.  Check out these tips for maintaining a more orderly day care environment.   


Daycare -- How Is It Influencing the Teens of the Future?

An important article for care providers, detailing what too often goes wrong in the institutional childcare setting and the tragic impact upon our children. Includes insights into how to avoid the usual pitfalls in order to create a positively nurturing childcare environment.


How To Teach Good Hand Washing Practices To Young Children

Poor hand washing practices are the number one cause behind the spread of disease.  Protect yourself and the children in your care by practicing and promoting good hand washing technique. This Earth's Kids article provides an overview of the most effective way to help children develop good hand washing habits, plus songs, activities, coloring, books, and experiments to extend the learning. 


How To Start Your Own Day Care Business

A very informative and well-written article for anyone considering starting a Child Care business.  From the US Small Business Administration.


Is Your Child Care Business Safe? 

For more safety information: 

Children's Health & Safety Resources 


The Power of Play

A brief overview of the types of play and activities engaged in by children of different ages and stages to help you plan your daycare environment and activities.  From Zero to 3. 

See also: 

Play, Pointers for Parents And Caregivers  

How To Choose The Right Toys 

Art & Activity Projects for Preschoolers 

Holiday Art Projects & Learning Activities 

Where to Find Affordable Materials and Supplies



Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect 

The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to recognize the signs.  Although the presence of a single indicator is not enough to confirm whether abuse is taking place, it is enough to warrant further observation and investigation.

For more information about preventing, recognizing, and reporting child abuse see:  Dealing with Child Abuse



Replacing Time-Out:  Using Guidance to Build an Encouraging Classroom 
From The NAEYC

It used to be that giving a "time out" was the enlightened modern approach to dealing with children's misbehavior.  Well it certainly was a step up from the spankings of yesteryear.  After all a parent or caregiver did not have to endure the embarrassing hypocrisy of telling a young child, for example, that no hitting was allowed while... well, hitting.  Talk about your mixed messages! 

But while time out is preferable to inflicting physical violence, research has shown that when it is used as a punishment, rather than an opportunity to withdraw from a conflict and cool off, it may not reduce bad behavior effectively.  The child whose underlying drives or misunderstanding have not been addressed is not going to learn much from being forced to sit in a chair. Actually, he or she may learn that some people have power over other people, and resent being at the bottom of the power dynamic.  The child is likely to also resent having his feelings and desires seemingly ignored while he sits and stews or feels abandoned and overwhelmed.  Resentment in turn typically leads to acting out.  What is lacking here is a way for the child to resolve the feelings and beliefs that led him into trouble in the first place. 

To better understand this issue, read Part One of Replacing Time-Out.

Read Part Two of Replacing Time-Out to see how democratic problem solving can help children behave pro-socially and grow in self-esteem and classroom citizenship.

For more articles and resources about managing children's behavior, see:  Guidance and Positive Discipline.



Stress Reduction Among Providers

Our listing of resources and information for caregivers and parents on reducing stress.  Includes a link to information about our DVD, available from CAPPA.




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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8.  The NAEYC sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education and offers many vitally useful resources and publications. 

NAEYC conferences, which take place at both the national and local levels, are a delightful opportunity for professional growth through lectures, workshops, and networking with other ECE professionals.  Meanwhile preschool accreditation by the NAEYC has long been the gold standard of a quality Early Childhood program.  Although accredited or not, any facility that measures up to the NAEYC's rigorous standards for programs, staffing, and facilities distinguishes itself for a commitment to high quality education and care.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) 

NAFCC is one of the largest professional support systems for family child care and for early care and education advocates.  We strongly urge you to consider joining the NAFCC to support their critically important work and your own professional excellence. 

See also: 

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Settings. Third Edition, 2011s.       


State Regulations for Child Care Providers 
From The National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care

A linked listing of each states laws and regulations regarding child care.


ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.




Child Care Forms & Paperwork

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Authorization Form for Emergency Medical Care

A form that you may print and use in your business.


Child  Care Provider Contracts

An assortment of useful forms that you may print and use in your business.


 Medical Administration Forms







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The Complete Book of Forms

A must have book for preschool directors and child care providers! Includes reproducible forms for administration, licensing, registration, accreditation, fiscal management, personnel supervision, program planning, child & family involvement, public relations, and more!



The Daycare Provider's Workbook

A step by step guide and workbook to assist daycare providers in setting up and running a quality home daycare program.





The Home Daycare Complete
 Recordkeeping System


Detailed, complete, and easy to read with useful examples!




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