In this issue
"Child Care That Works" lives up to its name
Iowa's parents, child care providers and community leaders are singing the praises of "Child Care That Works," an Iowa State University Extension program dedicated to improving child care.
Ann Trullinger of the Iowa Department of Human Services said ISU Extension staff have repeatedly "come to the rescue" of struggling rural-community child care facilities, offering care-provider training and support that "give children a hands-on learning environment while keeping them healthy and safe." In fact, a board member of one such preschool said, "Our facility is much better now. The children are having so much fun."
Trullinger added that the program also benefits local economies by helping to keep jobs -and young families - in rural areas.
Melinda Hunter, whose two children attend the Kidsville Early Learning Center in Independence, said, "The training ISU Extension provided Kidsville staff really made a difference. My children have benefited immensely. They're more socially mature and independent."
Independence parent Amy McGraw said she depends on ISU Extension's many publications that cover child care concerns specific to each developmental stage. "And ISU Extension staff are involved in the learning center in so many ways; they help the care providers improve the care my child receives," she added.
Through Child Care That Works, ISU Extension distributes
handbooks, newsletters and publications on playground
safety, discipline, nutrition and many other topics to child
care and preschool employees and parents. Extension also
offers workshops and video self-study packets to care
providers statewide. Extension has
To learn more about Child Care That Works, contact any
ISU Extension county office.