An Introduction to Caring for Our Children Basics
Participants will learn the importance of health and safety standards for early care and education programs established through the collaborative efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. This presentation will outline Caring for Our Children Basic's, while providing the audience with hands-on applications they can take back to their communities to improve the health, safety and well-being of children in Idaho.
Jill Hobbs, BS is a Child Care Health Consultant for IdahoSTARS primarily supporting Eastern Idaho. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama and completed a dietetic internship through Oakwood University. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Commission of Dietetic Registration and is licensed through the Idaho Board of Medicine. Prior to finishing her degree, she owned licensed and/or registered home child care facilities in Utah and Virginia. In June 2017, she became Outdoor Play Inspector certified and finds satisfaction in providing recommendations to minimize injury from outdoor play, while maintaining a fun environment.
Darcie Wickard, MEd has her Masters in Early Childhood Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University. She spent over 17 years working in various child care programs in Washington, Idaho, California and Oregon. This provided experience with a variety of ages, environments, theories and cultures. Her primary experience and passion lies with infants and toddlers and their families. In 2008 she had the opportunity to attend a study tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy which became a defining moment in her professional life. Darcie moved back to Idaho in 2015, after the birth of her son, and currently works as a Child Care Health Consultant with the IdahoSTARS project. There have been many health and safety changes in our State over the past few years. Darcie supports child care professionals in Western Idaho with these health and safety needs by translating what those changes mean for practical applications in the classroom and program.