Early Education Newsletter
November 2018

The CASY office will be closed
Tuesday, November 6th - Election Day
Monday, November 12th - Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 22nd - Thanksgiving
Friday, November 23rd - Day after Thanksgiving



Chances And Services for Youth is excited to announce that our new website has launched! 



EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
NEW location for Monroe County CCDF intake appointments

~Located in the same building as the new BMV
~Enter the building & immediately turn right
~By appointment only in the Work One office
~Call 1-800-866-3952 with any questions
1531 S. Curry Pike, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47402


Enrollments

Morgan County
Aunt Jacki's Daycare & Preschool



Application & Guidelines
Success By 6 Grant Program for Early Childhood Literacy Projects

Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion & Vigo Counties

The goal of the Success By 6 Grant Program for Early Childhood Literacy Projects is to provide funding to early childhood educators, child care providers, and/or early childhood focused community organizations for the purpose of conducting an experience that will nurture a love for reading and learning in young children (0 – 5) and their families.

Applications must be received no later than 4 PM, November 9, 2018.




State launches program to test child cares for radon gas
Child care facilities can get a free assessment
The federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates one in five schools has a classroom with dangerous levels of radon--- a carcinogen you can’t see or smell.  Radon is gas that occurs naturally in the soil, but it gets trapped in buildings.  It’s also the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, killing an estimated 600 people a year in Indiana.  Yet, Indiana does not require schools or day cares to test for radon. 
While the EPA does not have any guidance specific to childcare facilities, it recommends all homes and schools be tested for radon. The Indiana State Department of Health and the American Lung Association are partnering to offer free radon tests to child care facilities in Indiana.
More information here


OECOSL Expulsion Policy guidelines

Indiana early childhood education programs that are eligible to accept Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) vouchers are required to have a policy on suspension and expulsion - and that policy must be clearly communicated to families before enrollment. 

The policy must promote positive social and emotional growth and should include age appropriate positive behavior supports. It should limit - or eliminate altogether - the use of expulsion, suspension and other disciplinary practices that center on excluding children. Exclusionary measures should only be taken when a serious safety threat exists and can't be addressed with reasonable modifications and/or the use of positive behavioral supports. 

Do you currently have a suspension and expulsion policy?
Do you need support developing your policy?
Do you have questions about your current policy?

If so, please call our Inclusion Specialist, Ali Ehle, for assistance.
Ali can be reached at 812-232-3952 ext. 37 or at aehle@casyonline.org. 


3 WAYS TO IMPLEMENT SEL WITH YOUR STAFF

As afterschool educators and professionals, we know social-emotional learning—SEL—is a critical part of every child's development.Through SEL, kids learn how to develop healthy relationships, exhibit empathy, set and achieve goals, manage their emotions, and develop healthy relationships—all skills that help them succeed in school and thrive in life.We see the positive impact of SEL on kids every day in our programs, but we also know kids aren't born with social-emotional skills. Rather, these skills are developed early on and nurtured by caring adults, including teachers and afterschool professionals. Therefore, for kids to grow and engage in SEL, it must begin with adults.

Click here to learn three ways you can start implementing SEL with your staff today.




Children want the same things we want. 
To laugh, to be challenged,  to be entertained, and delighted.

-Dr. Seuss