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Meeting children’s needs includes quality, interactive partnerships with families. Families are children’s first and most important teachers. The term family includes the significant adults in children’s lives who care for, protect, nurture, advocate for, and teach. These adults may be biological parents, adoptive and foster parents, grandparents, or legal guardians.

As fall harvest time is under way, September is a great time to encourage young children to learn more about local farming, healthy foods, and to engage them in hands-on nutrition education opportunities.

Halloween, Diwali, Muharram, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Yule, Christmas. Do you celebrate holidays in the child care where you work? What do holiday celebrations look like in your child care?

It should come as no surprise that one of the most difficult experiences that military families regularly face is the separation of deployment. What may be surprising, though, is that the months leading up to deployment can be difficult for families, too.

Even the youngest children in military families experience the stressfulness of major changes such as the absence of a deployed parent or a move to a new duty station.

The reuniting of a family after deployment is one of those moments that everyone wants to be perfect in every way!

Child care professionals who work with military families can play a critical supporting role as children and parents alike go through the process known as "reintegration."