Friday, January 29, 2010

Recalls, Recalls and more Recalls

It seams every time I check the news there is something that is being recalled for faulty hardware. Recalls in cars, recalls in cribs, recalls in toys, etc, etc. my favorite part about recalls is how companies expect us to find out about the recalls, contact them, get put on hold and then bring it to them to fix it which takes about a year.

The fact of the matter is it shouldn't be out for distribution in the first place. Who's fault is it. I blame society. We live in a gimmie, gimmie, gimmie generation that pressures companies to send out the new and improved products before being properly tested. Long story short. Keep your receipts because everything you buy will most likely be recalled.

Whatever happened to "Quality over Quantity"? Go to where KIDS MATTER!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Child Hood Obesity; What can we do?

According to statistics from a non-profit organization, Trust for America's Health, Kentucky ranks 4th in the highest rate of childhood obesity and 7th in adults. Bob Dylan once wrote, "times they are a changing." As far as childhood obesity is concerned, times are changing for the worse.

Kids are spending more time in doors playing video games and surfing the web. When they do go outside it is to ride their battery or gas powered bikes, scooters, ATVs, etc. Studies have shown that children are spending an average of 7.5 hours a day on electronic media, not including the multiple number of electronics they are on at the same time. Kids are usually talking on their cell phone, surfing the web, playing online video games all while eating their dinner in front of the television. Did I mention there is also an increase in eye problems with children due to electronic media? This will raise the cost of vision care in the future.

All of these issues leads to children not getting the proper exercise and is putting our children at serious health risks. Some studies say that the next generation will start to outlive their own children. We need to get involved and we need to get involved early childhood development.

The Child Care Council of Ky( has 4 helpful tips that can help you keep your child healthy.
- Make sure your child care provider offers nutritious snacks and teaches healthy eating.
- Monitor the amount of time your child spends on electronic media
- Make sure you and your child get at least 60 minutes of outdoor physical activity
- And always remember, KIDS MATTER

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Assembly Required

A lot of companies are now trying to save space by putting their products into smaller packages. This leads to more assembly required for the consumer. Saving space for them means more parts for us to put together. I have personally turned a three hundred dollar table into fire wood in one day after trying to follow the "easy" assembly instructions. Even if I do manage to put the contraption together I am always left with a numerous amount of "leftover" parts. The important lesson is this can lead to very dangerous situations.

The U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission and Dorel Asia SRL have announced the recall for repairs of 20 models of Dorel Asia drop sides and fixed side cribs. Around 635,000 cribs sold at K-Mart, Wal Mart, and Sears from January 2005-December 2009 are defected. the recall came into effect after the death of a 6-month year old child who became entrapped and strangled along with 67 other incidents due to faulty hardware.

The drop side of these cribs can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. this can happen while the crib is in use, in storage, BEING PUT TOGETHER, TAKEN APART or REASSEMBLED, or during shipping. Here are a few tips you can use to protect your child with any crib.
-Do not use any cribs with broken, missing, or loose parts
-Tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy
-When using a drop side crib, always check to see if drop side is moving smoothly
-Always check all sides for disengagement
-Disengagement can create a gap and entrap a child
-Do not try to repair any side of crib, especially with duct tape, wire, or rope!

For more information concerning recalls you can call Dorel Asia toll free at 866-762-2304 or go to their website( The Child Care Council of Kentucky always posts news of any issues concerning child care on our website(, twitter( @childcareofky), and facebook( search kids matter and child care council of ky, inc.).

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti; How can we Help?

It seems that there has been one natural disaster after another. With each one more devastating than the next. But there is one thing that all of these disasters have in common. People coming together for the greater good and helping those in need.
It's the simple things that mean so much in times of crisis. Letters of condolences and hope sent to families who lost their loved ones, fresh water and a hot meal, or simply a fresh change of clothes. These are the day to day luxuries that we all take for granted.
The Child Care Council of Ky( has teamed up with The Red Cross and is selling shirts with the logo "Have a Heart, Lend a Hand, Haiti 2010" with all proceeds going directly to Haiti. These shirts will remind us of the tragedy and how we, as a people, came together in a time of need to help each other. Also, every shirt we sell, we will send another shirt to a child in Haiti. Remember, Kids Matter!

You can learn how to purchase these shirts by following our twitter page( @childcareofky), Our website(above), and our facebook fan page( search child care council, inc and/or Kids Matter).

Kids Matter to the Child Care Council of Ky

Quality child care is a necessity for working parents. Companies today recognize that meeting their employees' child care needs is key to employee productivity and retention. The Child Care Council can help companies and parents identify those needs and implement strategies for child care solutions(
Our Mission is to serve as an advocate for safe, affordable, accessible, and developmentally appropriate child care for all families.
Our Goals are:
-to promote quality child care
-expand the availability of child care
-provide child care assistance to low income families, teen parents, students, and to protect children
-serve as a regional coordinator of child care services
This blog will keep you updated on child care issues and what we can all do to help improve child care.
Remember, Kids Matter!