Kansas is starting a professional mentor/protege program for providers new and experienced. Around 50 providers were chosen to be mentors for this program. I am one of the mentors. So, I would like to extend an invitation to all providers.

We're still looking for proteges for the program. If you are interested in this program, you can contact the head of the program, Monica DuttonHurt. Her information is at the end of this post.

This program is to help providers. The mentors are meant to support their proteges. We're there to help through the bad days and celebrate on the good ones.

I am very excited about this program because I felt isolated most of my first year doing daycare. I started off doing everything wrong. I charged per day and soon found out that some parents take advantage of that. :(  Please join the program as a protege if you would like someone to talk to about daycare. It is very helpful to have another provider to go to when you are feeling burnt out or just need to talk to someone who understands. It's also great to connect with others in the daycare business for new ideas. I networked during my mentor-training weekend, and I met so many new people. I learned so much from everyone.

This is a great program, and you can be a part of it!

Contact Monica DuttonHurt for an application:
E-mail: mduttonhurt@thefamilyconservancy.org
Phone: 913-342-1110 ext. 1976


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If you haven't sent in your grant proposals yet, you only have this last week to complete them. They have to be postmarked by October 31st.

Find the information for the grants here.


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Get a free sample from Costco of Dove Go Fresh Deodorant. *You do not have to be a Costco member.


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With Lexie's Law, one requirement is to get 15 hours of training. I've come up with a list of free/cheap trainings for you:

Childally.org offers free online classes that you can take to get your training hours. These online classes include:

(3 Hour Class) Medical Administration: This course is designed to meet the KDHE licensing requirements. It provides a basic knowledge of these topics: • Types, forms, and purposes of medication • Safe administration of medication, categories, usage and potential side effects of various medications • Look-a-like and sound-a-like medications This is an online, self-directed course. The training material is broken down into 5 training modules. After you read each module you will be asked a series of questions in relation to the material read. After answering all questions correctly in all modules, you will be sent a certificate to the e-mail you provide.

Sign up for Medical Administration Here
(1 Hour Class) Universal Precautions: This class was developed as a self paced online course to assist you in understanding exposure to bloodborne pathogens in your work. The class is divided into 11 sections. You will be asked to take a pre and post test, watch a video and answer discussion questions. You must score 80% on the post-test and answer the discussion questions to successfully complete the course.

Sign up for Universal Precautions Here

Your food program training counts as 2 hours.
You can get your food handler's card for 2 hours of training. The cost is free. Here is a list of dates in Wichita. Check your local health department to see if they offer this training as well.
If you live around the Wichita area, here are some trainings for 2 hours that only cost $10 each:
19th- First Aid Introduction and Refresher

21st- Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect and Symptoms of Childhood Illness

27th- Toddlers: What to Expect and What Not to Expect

All trainings will be held at 3700 E Douglas #85 at 6:30pm and will be $10.

Please call to reserve your spot, You can also call about any questions you have about the trainings.



First Aid/CPR classes

Read books (every 50 pages counts for 1 hour)

Watch videos (get from local libraries or places like Childstart)

***If you have any ideas of trainings, please leave a comment.


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Welcome to Daycare Deals! If some of you are finding my blog after I mentioned it in the Mentor Training in Council Grove, thank you for stopping by.

I am always looking for ideas for information that childcare professionals would like to know about. Please email me at daycaredeals@gmail.com if you have any ideas for what information you would like.


*Below this message, I'll repost some previous entries that contain relevant information.


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2010 KAEYC Pre-Conference & Annual Conference

Dates: October 22-23, 2010

Location: KSU Student Union
Manhattan, KS

Cost: *Depends on if you want to attend both Friday night and Saturday all day
Friday night
KAEYC Member/Student--$15
Non Member--$25
Parking (KSU Union parking garage)--$4

Saturday night
Non Member--$80
Parking (KSU parking garage)--$4

Continuing Education Hours (8 total possible)--$30  

Lisa Murphy is the ooey gooey lady®!

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. As the ooey gooey lady®, Lisa presents over 150 workshops each year to audiences across the country on various topics related to early childhood education, specifically how to be more play-based in the classroom. She has been featured in various publications including Child Care Business Exchange, Parents and Pre-K Today. Lisa has authored four books and has created dozens of teacher training DVD’s. A highly sought after keynoter for educational conferences, Lisa uses humor and real life anecdotes to reach and engage her audiences. Lisa’s standing room only seminars have become nationally known for their information, humor, inspiration and energetic delivery. Frequently asked if she has ever been a stand up comic, Lisa practices what she preaches and continues to blend the laughter with the learning! Lisa has become known for her ability to link hands-on activities to educational standards and is dedicated to creating child-centered, play-based early childhood environments.

Website: http://www.kaeyc.net/index.htm

34th Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Dates: November 3-5, 2010

Location: Hyatt Regency
Wichita, KS

Cost: $150/1 day, $200/2 days, or $250/3 days *Registration is open. A $25 late fee applies after October 12, 2010.

1.To provide information about exemplary models of prevention and intervention services for children and families.

2.To provide a networking opportunity for Kansans interested in the welfare of children.

3.To recognize individuals or organizations who have provided outstanding services to children.

4.To publicize the needs of children and families and the opportunities to meet those needs.

5.To provide certifiable training opportunities for individuals who work professionally providing services for the benefit of children and families
Website: https://www.kcsl.org/training_conference.aspx


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Starting in September 2010, the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (KACCRRA) will have professioal development scholarship applications available to child care providers in Kansas who plan to attend an in-state conference. These conferences could include KAEYC, CCPC, BELIEF Institute or other local/regional conferences.

Scholarships will also be available to pay for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential application fee of $325. All professional development scholarships are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Applications will be available for scholarship funding on the KACCRRA website by September 1, 2010.

*The KACCRRA will be known soon as Child Care Aware of Kansas. Please note the name change in case you want to look into these scholarships.


Grant Funding will also be available soon from KACCRRA. They have 3 types of grants:

1. Children will special needs (max. $5000)
2. Child Care Center (max. $10,000)
3. After-School (max. $5000)

Purpose: Grant funding will soon be available to center and family-based child care providers in Kansas to support increased quality of care for children across Kansas. These grants are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Grants will be available to Child Care Centers, After-school programs, and programs that care for or plan for children with special needs.

*Licensed by KDHE.
*Been in business for 6 months or more.
*Must have at least one child receiving subsidy (SRS, United Way, Smart Start, etc).
*Must attend a minimum of 18 hours of professional development directly associated with the grant being requested.
*Separate grant applications must be completed to request multiple grant awards.
*Self assessment of program must be completed with grant applications (tool will be provided).
*Funding must be spent no later than July 31, 2011.

Grant applications must be postmarked no later than January 3, 2011.


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Get a free 6-pk of books from Pacific Learning for free!!! After you register with them, you'll be sent a link to the form. Choose from level Pre-K up to 9-12 grade.


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Target is offering a free sample of Garnier Moisture Rescue. Get this here.


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"Like" ScotchBlue Painter's Tape on Facebook for a free sampleof their new ScotchBlue Painter's Tape with Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector.


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Target is offering two free samples: Tide detergent and Hefty Odorshield trash bags. Sign up for these samples here. *It took a few seconds before the window loaded for me, so be patient. You have to answer a few questions to get these samples, such as what products you normally use.


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If you're quick, you might be able to score a free item coupon for a 24ct bottle of Advil tablets or 20ct. bottle of Advil Liqui-Gels! Get this here.

***If a security message pops up, click NO. Then the page should load for you.


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Sedgwick County Zoo is doing Night of the Living Zoo on October 22, 23 & 24 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bring your ghouls and goblins for a night of not-too-scary Halloween fun at the Sedgwick County Zoo! Several ghoulish activities, like pumpkin bowling and beanbag tosses, can be found throughout the Zoo. Take a stroll down jack-o-lantern lane, creep up to candy stations and let your spirit come alive!

Advanced tickets:

$6 at area QuikTrip stores, starting Oct. 1

Tickets purchased at gate:

$6 for Zoo members

$8 for nonmembers

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.

Winter Wednesdays

Every Wednesday November 2010 through February 2011: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Grab your coats, throw on your mittens and head over to the Sedgwick County Zoo for Winter Wednesdays! Spend the day in the refreshing outdoors for a discounted admission price every Wednesday in November through February.


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Kroger is doing another instant win game. This one is the Kroger Kick off to Savings Instant Win Game! You can play this one daily through October 1st. ***This time each person can win 2 prizes instead of just 1!

I played this morning and won right away. I got a free 20 oz bottle of Coke 0. I love these games, and past prizes (from past Kroger instant win games) for me have been Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats, Bounty paper towels, Energizer batteries, and Reeses candy bars.

If you have never played one of Kroger's instant win games before, here are some instructions:

1). Go here to play.
2). Sign in or register your Dillons or other Kroger affiliate card.
3). Follow the instructions for the game.
4). If you win, choose to claim your prize.
5). Redeem your prize at Dillons or other Kroger affiliates by just using your Plus (loyalty) card.

Good luck!!!


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