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ChildSavers provides a checklist of what to look like in a day care or child care provider

Top 5 Things to Look for in Daycare and Child Care

Choosing child care for your child is one of the most important decisions families can make. Sometimes parents and guardians are left choosing between two or more deal breakers… Can we afford child care? Is this early care program setting my child up for successful, lifelong learning? Can they accommodate my child’s specific needs? Luckily, there’s …

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ChildSavers offers free and fee-based training hours for child care providers in Virginia

Earn Your Training Hours for Child Care: 5 Online Resources

ChildSavers offers free and low-cost training for child care providers in need of professional development training hours, technical assistance, and coaching. We’re here to help you provide the best care possible as you earn your training hours for child care. View our training calendar for our full list of workshops (updated quarterly). Child Care Aware (Free) Child …

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How to Honor and Celebrate Juneteenth with all children

9 Ways to Honor Juneteenth with Children

Juneteenth, also known as also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is honored on June 19th. Because Black people in the United States were initially excluded from the freedom we celebrate on July 4th, our leadership found it crucial to include Juneteenth as a day of observance and reflection. The …

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Everything you need to know about the CDA Child Development Associates Certificate

What is a CDA? Everything You Need to Know

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate is the simplest, quickest, and most inexpensive way to further your career in early child care and education. Receiving your CDA allows you to become a lead child care teacher or open your own licensed child care center in Virginia. The certificate is also valid in all fifty state, Puerto …

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ChildSavers explains calm down boxes and what to put in calm down boxes for children and adults.

How to Make A Calm Down Box in 5 Minutes (for Kids and Adults)

Everyone can feel dysregulated or stressed sometimes – those feelings are normal! Calm down boxes are a great tool to help your children, or yourself, regulate your body and mind so you can build resilience and cope during life’s most stressful moments. What is a calm down box? A calm down box houses your child’s …

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Therapy can look different for children with autism (ASD) but play and art therapy can be great tools to address behavioral issues.

What Does Therapy Look Like for Kids with Autism (ASD)

Children who have been diagnosed with symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience the world in a unique manner. ASD can (and does) vary from one person to the next in terms of both indicators as well as behaviors. There are two main categories of traits that make up this diagnosis – social communication …

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Best sensory exercises for children in child care with autism

4 of the Best Sensory Activities for Children with Autism in Child Care

April is Autism Awareness month and we are excited to share some ways to incorporate inclusive play into your daily routine as a child care provider or guardian. Sensory activities benefit all children but can be especially useful for children with Autism. People with Autism can be hyper-sensitive or hypo-sensitive to stimuli in their environment. …

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You can transform your business or home with trauma-informed practices.

What Does “Trauma-Informed” Mean?

WHAT IS TRAUMA? Trauma is a painful emotional experience caused by an event or events that challenge a person’s sense of safety. These events are often sudden and unexpected. Children and adolescents who witness or experience violent situations are likely to have traumatic reactions. While traumatic events are often not preventable, traumatic reactions can be …

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Shemik Sellars, Owner of Legacy House, poses in her Family Day Care home in Chesterfield, VA.

Shemik Sellars: A Child Care Provider’s Journey

Since age 17, Shemik Sellars has cared for countless children at different points in their life journeys. She opened her first registered child care business, Legacy House, in September 2020 with the help of community allies like ChildSavers. Though she was terrified to open her business (and home) during COVID-19, Shemik pressed on to create …

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ChildSavers client smiling to classmates on Zoom during their virtual group therapy session.

Jonathan’s Journey: Virtual Group Therapy

Rising sixth grader, Jonathan*, waited eagerly for his first virtual group therapy session to start. He glanced at the calendar on his grandma’s wall and sighed as he read June 2020. This school year was hard. He missed his friends and mourned the unsung, epic ending of his elementary school years.   His eyes darted back to the screen and his heart rushed as he entered the Zoom session. Multiple friendly faces appeared, including two ChildSavers therapists. Everyone waved and the kids giggled. Jonathan was happy …

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