It is important to recognize the normal developmental stages for babies and to have appropriate expectations of what they are capable of. Every child develops differently.
Allowing others to watch your child is an important decision many parents face, and that could mean in a child care center or a trusted family member or friend’s home. Families’ access to high-quality, safe, and affordable child care helps ensure children are in a safe environment that encourages their healthy growth and learning.
Ensuring Safe Caregivers
Child care centers are required to do a criminal background check on their employees. Ask child care centers in your decision making process about their background check policies.
Since the passage of Senate Bill 236 in 2017, parents and caregivers have been the ability to request a background check of the child abuse and neglect registry when employing a nanny or babysitter for their child in their home. Find instructions on how to begin the request process for a Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Check, Criminal Background Check, and checking the Sex Offender Registry.
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) is the central point of contact for the child care community, working to prevent child abuse by providing guidance and education for caregivers on appropriate expectations of children, disseminating information and resources to child care providers through Kentucky Shared Services, and advocating on behalf of children and families on a state and national level. Learn more about Face It partners, 4-C at www.4cforkids.org.
Crying serves as a way for your baby to call for help when they are hungry or uncomfortable. It helps them shut out sights, sounds, and other sensations that are too intense and helps release tension.
When you’re trying to comfort a crying baby, it can be frustrating if they don’t calm down. Find information on calming a fussy baby from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If your baby does not stop crying and it intensifies and persists throughout the day or night, it may be caused by colic. Find information on identifying and relieving colic from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Text Message Alerts
Text “FacingIt” to 833-FaceIt1 for conversation starters, humorous parenting inspiration, fun ideas, and more from Face It to remind you that you are doing the best job you can at raising little humans!
Text “remind” to 511411 for reminders for upcoming appointments. Text4Baby helps new and expecting moms keep track of upcoming doctor’s appointments.
There are a number of free and paid apps to help parents understand and track child development, journal daily needs, and get reminders for appointments. While Face It does not endorse any particular app, here are a few popular apps:
Parent’s Guide to Child Safety from Safe Kids Worldwide is available in English and Spanish.
Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Parent Guides are available in English and Spanish.
The Financial Assistance Program provides direct financial assistance to families in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The program is designed to help with medical, equipment, and therapy bills of children 17 years of age and under, or still attending high school, whose families cannot otherwise afford to pay. In addition, our staff provides support in purchasing needed medical equipment/devices. Each application receives a full review to determine how best Kosair Charities can aid the family. Learn more at Kosair.org.
Look for any bruising on a baby who is not yet pulling up and taking steps; bruising to the ears, neck, torso, buttocks, or genitals of any child under four years; unexplained injuries on children of any age.
Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).
Children are afraid to tell about their abuse because they feel ashamed, don’t want the abuser to hurt them, don’t want to cause stress for their caregivers, or don’t want their abuser to go to jail.