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CASY Family Newsletter

Family Resource Navigators

Little learners thrive when they are healthy, happy and supported — whether that’s making certain they have access to high-quality early care and learning programs, healthy breakfast options or a library card to stock up on bedtime stories. As your child’s first and best teacher, you are so important to their success. One additional way you can help improve your child’s well-being is by focusing on your own — whether that’s through building your career, improving your health or learning new tips for parenting young children. We are proud to serve as navigators for families like yours – expertly assisting you in finding high-quality child care and connecting you with additional opportunities to meet your needs.

Connect with us by calling our Family Engagement Specialists at 800-886-3952 option 2, taking the self-assessment or browsing our resource bank today.


Learn more about our Family Resource Navigators here.

CASY Family Webinars

CASY Family Engagement Specialists discuss storytelling techniques you can use when reading to your child. By engaging your child while reading, you strengthen their literacy skills and open eyes to the world around them.

Calling all families, both new and experienced: Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we provide tips and resources on infant/toddler safety practices during sleep, play, and household routines.

CASY’s Certified Car Seat Technicians, Charla Cline and Sara Schultz, share car seat safety tips during this special family webinar. Increase your knowledge on how to keep your children safe in car seats and learn how a properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of death by up to 71%.

In life, we often go through many ups and downs. We have experiences that don’t always go the way we would want them to. As adults, we need to understand our influence in helping children handle stress and learn how to bounce back from difficult situations. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we talk about ways to help children learn to be resilient and how it will benefit their overall well-being.

CASY Family Engagement Specialists discuss a variety of activities and interactions you can utilize to make the most of the experience and help your child learn during this type of daily routine.

What does high quality child care look like? What is Paths to QUALITY? What are the possible changes in light of COVID-19? Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss the various types of child care, qualities to look for and questions to consider when choosing high quality, and new changes that may be in place since the coronavirus pandemic.

Quality afterschool programs understand that children and youth in different age groups have different academic, psychological, and physical activity needs. Learn what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your kids. Presented by: Keith Monfreda, Training and Development Manager with IAN.

View presentation slides here.

On My Way Pre-K Project Managers in our service delivery area shared their expertise with us. Learn more about the program, including the impact it has on a child’s learning now and in their future. The qualifications and application process were also discussed and questions were answered. You can also request your Project Manager’s contact information if needed.  

During this time, it is essential to support both the physical and mental wellness of children and families. Join Keith Monfreda- Training and Development Manager for the Indiana Afterschool Network- as he shares resources for family and parent wellbeing, keeping kids physically active and eating well while at home, best practices for self-care, and more.

Join us as we welcome Ann McCafferty with Indiana Rural Health Association as she gives an understanding of how and where to find someone who is qualified to provide you with free and unbiased assistance to help you navigate your way through the application and enrollment process of applying for health insurance.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events in a child’s life that can have negative and lasting effects on a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. Jessica Herzog-Hall, Director of the ACEs Indiana Coalition, will discuss the original ACE study as well as its findings and how it can relate to your community. Jessica will also share information on the neurobiology of trauma and sensitive parts of the brain during child development.

Please join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as they present on the importance of setting and maintaining routines.  Routines are key to helping both children and adults feel secure.  Join us in talking about the benefits of routines.

Raising children is tough, sometimes it feels impossible to get children to do what we need or want them to do. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we dive into power struggles and the battle of the wills. We will discuss steps we can take to regain control while helping children feel empowered.

October is National Safe Sleep Awareness Month. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss healthy sleeping habits for your infant, at naptime and throughout the night. Learn important information as well as tips for sharing safe sleep practices with others.

Join Claire Rivron, Community Wellness Coordinator in Shelby/Rush/Decatur Counties, to be encouraged to make healthy choices within reach for your family. This webinar covers practical, research-based tips for incorporating nutrition and physical activity into your family’s lifestyle.

Need a certificate of attendance?

After viewing a live or recorded family webinar, click here to complete a webinar evaluation and request a certificate of attendance or additional resources.

Family Resource Websites

Brighter Futures Indiana

Brighter Futures Indiana is a resource to support you in understanding and enhancing your child’s learning at home and while in care. Brighter Futures Indiana is brought to you through a partnership with the FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana. For more information and resources to help enhance your child’s learning at home please visit Brighter Futures Indiana.


IN*SOURCE exists to help parents of children with disabilities navigate the complicated special education process in the state of Indiana. They help bridge the gap between schools and parents and we strive to connect the dots that become the individual path to success for children with disabilities.

Indiana Department of Education: Kindergarten Readiness: Kindergarten readiness is achieved when children are prepared in all domains of early learning; and families, schools, and communities collaborate to positively impact educational outcomes.

  • For children, kindergarten readiness is being prepared in all domains of early learning and development (social and emotional, language, cognitive, motor, physical well-being, and approaches toward learning) through appropriate routines and activities.
  • For families, kindergarten readiness is understanding their child’s level of development, understanding the school environment and expectations, and participating in supportive partnerships with the school.
  • For schools, kindergarten readiness is meeting each child where they are with aligned standards and curriculums in engaging, predictable environments that welcome and accept unique experiences, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • For communities, kindergarten readiness is valuing the incredible importance of early learning.
Indiana Department of Education: Special Education

All students, including those with disabilities, are held to high expectations and have equitable access to educational opportunities that enrich their lives and prepare them for future success. The goal as educators is to improve outcomes for all students. This can be accomplished through a system that ensures equity and access. Equitable Access is the guarantee that all students are provided the necessary and individualized supplementary aids and services, accommodations, modifications, or supports to meaningfully participate in the general education curriculum. Equitable access must be accompanied by a school-wide acceptance or belief in shared responsibility, shared accountability, and high expectations.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three provides resources for parents to ensure your children gets the best start in life. The connections make in the early years of life last a lifetime. Zero to Three knows that parenting is an ongoing learning process where you are learning who your individual child is and what they need to thrive. They provide parent resources to help you learn how to best support growth and learning for your children in the earliest years of life. For more information and resources visit Zero to Three’s Parent Favorites.

National Head Start Association

Families are integral to any effort to support children’s successful learning and development. The National Head Start Association provides resources to families and information about how to find out more about your local Head Start services. For more information, visit the National Head Start Association website.

Center for Disease Control Developmental Milestones

As a parent, you want to give your child the best start in life. “Watch your child’s amazing progress by tracking his or her developmental milestones —how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves – and sharing that progress with your child’s doctor at every check-up” (Center for Disease Control, Information for Families). Visit the CDC Information for Families page to find resources on the CDC Milestones.

Indiana First Steps

The goal of First Steps is to help Hoosier families make sure their infants and toddlers receive services now to help them in the future. Services through First Steps are designed to meet the developmental needs of the child; Except in limited circumstances, First Steps does not provide services to meet medical needs. Visit First Steps website for more information.

Child Care Aware of America

We understand that you might be anxious or overwhelmed by your child care search. Fortunately, we can give you the tools to be confident through the process. Explore the link to understand what to look for in your child care search, the types care available, and more. Visit Child Care Aware of America for more information.

Mental Health America

We encounter mental health every day. Whether you are dealing with stress, a divorce, or a natural disaster, it’s important to learn what’s affecting your health. It is important to know you are not alone. Mental Health America provides resources to support you and your family. Visit their website by clicking here.

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