Child Health

  • Finding a Safe Daycare for Your Child

    An increasing number of families are now dual-income families, and with the economic woes that have befallen the States, and the world at large, this sociological trend will not be going away any time soon. This means that there is less time for parents to provide care for their children, as they are too busy making ends meet. Day care is becoming a necessity for more parents, but with the economic pressures compounded with the stress of day-to-day life with kids, some parents can too hastily enroll their kids in a program that could end up endangering them.

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    The most recent day care horror story to be brought to the attention of parents is that of Maria Sosa who ran an unregulated day care and whose inattentiveness resulted in the drowning of a child she had been caring for for months. While this story is resulting in parents demanding more regulation and oversight of day care facilities, the fact remains that the vast majority of care facilities still are not certified, so, for now, parents themselves are responsible for doing the legwork in finding a safe facility.

    Although it is more costly, always to make sure that your day care is licensed. It is tempting to rely solely on your own network to decide on a daycare, or just opt for a daycare that your children’s friends frequent. Many recent day care horror stories can be traced back to unlicensed day cares, and there is a reason—they are often, but not always, run by people trying to make a quick buck, who don’t have your child’s care at heart. Even thoughtful caretakers who are unlicensed often don’t have the same set of skills to fall back on in the event of a tragedy, and that can cost lives.

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    Day care licensing is pricey and tedious for many who are interested in starting a day care, but the laborious process ensures that only those who are really devoted to child care will be involved. Although requirements vary from state-to-state, licensed day cares provide not only safer care, but more educational and social development for your child.

    Licensed day cares generally require that everyone working there be CPR certified, meaning that if something goes wrong, your child’s caretaker will be prepared to handle a crisis. Furthermore, day care attendants at certified are normally required to pass a criminal background check to ensure that no attendants who have history of harmful criminal behavior can be in contact with your children.

    Moreover, take the time to tour the facility and investigate any possible health or safety hazards for your children. Also, keep a sharp eye on how the children at the facility behave and how they are dealt with. If the care attendants largely ignore the children in order to pay attention to you, you can bet they will do the same to your child when another client comes in, so make sure the workers have the right priority—kids!

    As a parent, you also have the right and responsibility to monitor your children and request more information if you feel uncomfortable with a situation. One of the most disturbing stories of 2013 is that of Heather Koon who worked at a day care in Ohio and was found guilty of sexually abusing several of the children at the day care where she worked. Koon slipped through the cracks as her actions were on behalf of her boyfriend—a registered sex offender—who got her to film her crimes This is a nightmare that no parent should face, so if you have questions, ask them!

    Although finding a great day care can cost a lot in money and time, your children and their development and well being are worth it. By investing the time and money now, you can ensure that your children are not only well cared for, but being equipped to get a head-start in life.

    Aaron Kramer is a retired security officer and wannabe novelist who currently writes with Instant Criminal Checks. Ever since he had his first child, he has been committed to sharing his knowledge in the field to help young parents and caretakers ensure the well being of their loved ones.me4kidz-new

  • 20th Anniversary of passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)

    20 Years of Success

    CDC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Vaccines for Children Program

    This year marks the 20th Anniversary of passage of the legislation that created the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), one of our nation’s most successful public-private partnerships for improving public health.  This national program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them, and helps many more children have a better chance of getting their vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule, protecting babies, children and adolescents from 16 serious diseases including measles, mumps, whooping cough, chickenpox, flu and diphtheria.Vaccines

    In 1989 - 1991, a measles epidemic in the United States resulted in tens of thousands of cases of measles and hundreds of deaths. Upon investigation, CDC found that more than half of the children who had measles had not been immunized, even though many of them had seen a health care provider.

    In partial response to that epidemic, Congress included the creation of the Vaccines for Children Program in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993, which passed on August 10, 1993.  VFC became operational October 1, 1994.

    Funding for the VFC program is approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and allocated through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to enrolled VFC providers at no charge.

    Nationwide, there are more than 44,000 doctors enrolled in the VFC Program. Each state's VFC Coordinator can provide a list of doctors enrolled in the VFC Program. Other places that provide vaccinations are:

    The VFC program has contributed directly to a substantial increase in childhood immunization coverage levels and has made a significant contribution to the elimination of disparities in vaccination coverage among young children. These improvements in childhood immunization coverage have, in turn, led to the lowest vaccine-preventable disease incidence ever recorded.  Today, nearly 20 years later, the VFC program continues to play a vital role in protecting our nation’s health by sustaining high childhood immunization coverage levels to ensure vaccine-preventable disease incidence remains low.

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  • Forced or Indentured Child Labor

    Are you buying products that come from forced Child Labor? How do you know? Many would not wish to purchase these items (the purchases of which indirectly endorse or support indentured and/or forced child labor.)

    There's an easy way to know that what you buy is not promoting slave labor by children.ChildrenWorkers

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced a revised "List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor," adding six new products from five countries. Federal contractors supplying products on the list must certify the goods were not produced by forced or indentured child labor in accordance with Executive Order 13126.

    Current List of Products and Countries on EO 13126 List

    The current list of products was published in the April 3, 2012 Federal Register and includes the following:

     

    Product Countries
    Bamboo Burma
    Beans (green, soy, yellow) Burma
    Brazil Nuts/Chestnuts Bolivia
    Bricks Afghanistan, Burma, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan
    Carpets Nepal, Pakistan
    Cassiterite Democratic Republic of Congo
    Coal Pakistan
    Coca (stimulant plant) Colombia
    Cocoa Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria
    Coffee Cote d’Ivoire
    Coltan Democratic Republic of Congo
    Cotton Benin, Burkina Faso, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
    Cottonseed (hybrid) India
    Diamonds Sierra Leone
    Electronics China
    Embroidered Textiles (zari) India, Nepal
    Garments Argentina, India, Thailand
    Gold Burkina Faso
    Granite Nigeria
    Gravel (crushed stones) Nigeria
    Pornography Russia
    Rice Burma, India, Mali
    Rubber Burma
    Shrimp Thailand
    Stones India, Nepal
    Sugarcane Bolivia, Burma
    Teak Burma
    Textiles (hand-woven) Ethopia
    Tilapia (fish) Ghana
    Tobacco Malawi
    Toys China

    News Release

    ILAB News Release: [07/22/2013]
    Contact Name: Gloria Della or Egan Reich
    Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 x4960
    Email:
    Della.Gloria.D@dol.gov Reich.Egan.2@dol.gov
    Release Number: 13-1359-NAT

    US Labor Department updates list of products made by forced or indentured child labor

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced a revised "List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor," adding six new products from five countries. Federal contractors supplying products on the list must certify the goods were not produced by forced or indentured child labor in accordance with Executive Order 13126.

    The Departments of Labor, State and Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice updating the list that adds cattle from South Sudan, dried fish from Bangladesh, fish from Ghana, garments from Vietnam, and gold and wolframite from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Public comments were solicited, received, and considered in the agencies’ final determination.

    ILAB published the first list in 2001 and revisions each year from 2010 through 2012. The complete Executive Order 13126 list, a bibliography of sources cited, frequently asked questions, procedural guidelines, and procurement compliance information are available online at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/regs/eo13126/main.htm.

    Information about ILAB and its program activities is available at http://www.dol.gov/ilab. The notice is scheduled to be published in the July 23, 2013, Federal Register.

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