Early Education Newsletter
May 2018

The CASY office will be closed
Tuesday, May 8th - Election Day
Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day

United Way of the Wabash Valley and Success by 6 invites you to attend a forum on the economic impact of early childhood education.
Learn how investing in our children today will have a positive impact on every business in our community.
Event details:
May 23, 2018
Clabber Girl
Upstairs conference room
900 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, IN 47807

To RSVP by May 21st 
Click here or email pmickey@uwwv.org

The State of Indiana receives funds to support families in obtaining child care early education for their children from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Every three years, a new state plan must be submitted. If you would like to read or provide written comments to submit with the plan, go to this link: www.in.gov/fssa/2552.htm .
This link will also provide details about three public hearings you may attend:
5/22 in Seymour, 5/23 in Mishawaka and 6/5 in Indianapolis. 
Thank you in advance for your interest and feedback.


Greene County 

Little Angels 2

Owen County

Tiny Town Daycare

Monroe County

SCCAP Head Start First United
SCCAP Head Start Broadview
SCCAP Head Start Grandview

United Way of the Wabash Valley
Professional Development Grant

The United Way Professional Development Grant Program supports attendance at continuing education programs for child care providers/early education professionals that work with children ages 0-6.  Success By Six Professional Development Grants may be used for conferences, trainings, or workshops that focus on early education, child development or child care.  Funds may not be applied to conferences or trainings that have already occurred.
Eligible counties: Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo.
Follow the link to the right to learn more and download the application.
Details Here

If you have not yet completed your
Needs Assessment,
please follow the link to the left to share your professional development needs with us!


Navigating the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Whole Grain-Rich requirement

On October 1, 2017 (FY18) the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirement of at least one (1) serving of grains per day must be whole grain-rich went into effect.   Below is information and tips to help CACFP providers identify whole grain-rich items and incorporate them into your CACFP menus.

What is Whole Grain-Rich (WGR)?

The USDA regulations define Whole Grain-Rich foods as containing 100% whole grains, or at least 50% whole grains and the remaining grains are enriched. This whole grain-rich requirement applies only to meals served to children 1 year and older. It does not apply to infant meals.

Whole Grain-Rich Recording keeping Requirements

1.  Whole grain (WG) or whole grain-rich (WGR) must be written on posted menus next to the grain item.  They must also be documented on submitted monthly menus.  

2.  Save all documentation such as labels and product information that proves item is whole grain, whole grain rich, etc. Documentation can kept in a binder, folder, file, etc as long as it can be easily accessible by provider or staff upon request.  If using the same items over and over, only one sample of documentation will need to be kept on file. 


Music and Your Preschooler

Like most preschoolers, your child probably already loves music and has favorite songs. This may have happened with little encouragement from you beyond simply playing music on long car trips.  But did you know that your preschooler is now at an ideal age to expand his or her musical horizons and abilities?
Learn more here.

Looking forward to next month...

From Biting to Hugging: The Social Development of Infants and Toddlers
June 7, 2018

Presented by Donna S. Wittmer, Ph.D., Consultant and Author, Emerita,
University of Colorado Denver, Early Childhood Education
Sponsored by Gryphon House

The development of social competence is one of the most important outcomes for children’s satisfaction with relationships, sense of well-being, and learning success. With guiding adults, infants and toddlers learn that adult/child and peer relationships are worthwhile, feel that they are good at “doing” relationships, and develop the skills necessary for social competence.

Click here to learn more and register

Pre-K in the Park

Vigo County Level 3 and Level 4 PTQ programs are invited to participate in a new community event,
Pre-K in the Park.  Families with 3-4 year old children will be invited to attend to learn about high quality Pre-K opportunities in the community, the On My Way Pre-K program and other community resources.

If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow...
Imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do