Kinder Beginnings
The natural choice for early care and education


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Current as of: 08/21/14

Kinder Beginnings is a Type B Home (Family Child Care) owned and operated by Stephanie Nutter in Hocking County, Ohio. MAP




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Archived News:


Article: HOW TO: Find Non-Toxic Day Care Options for Your Child


Summer Program Addition! Preschool Play Camps will be held again this year on select Mondays and Fridays from 9am-Noon for ages 3-6. Visit our CAMP PAGE for more information.


New booster seat law takes effect today: AAA East Central reminds motorists and parents that the warning period for Ohio's new booster seat law has expired and motorists may be ticketed beginning today, April 6. The new law requires motorists to safely restrain 4 to 8-year-olds under four feet, nine inches tall in a federally approved booster seat while riding in a motor vehicle.


White House Focuses On Child Care Costs For Middle Class Families


Columbus Dispatch Article: All-day kindergarten too costly, schools say


Study: Play Develops Social Responsibility


Article: Preschool Playtime Has Developmental Benefits


Columbus Dispatch Article: Ohio Led States In Preschool Cutbacks


NACCRRA Article: Families are Scrambling After Ohio Child-care Cuts


Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Article: New pediatric urgent care center to open in Canal Winchester in Spring 2010


NACCRRA Article: The New Push For Quality Child Care


Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Article: Economy Affecting Enrollment at Many Child Care Facilities (Fairfield County)


Visit our BLOG for photos and updates on our program.


Preschool Play Camps are nearly full - only 1 or 2 spots left in each one! View the flyer for details. Want to see what kind of things we do? Watch the slideshow from our Garden Adventures camp!


Project Grow, Children's Book Giveaway ENTER TO WIN


Preschool Play Camps (ages 2-5) on select Mondays this summer! View the flyer for details.


Browse child care data online: Parents interested in looking for child care should browse the online database at to view a list of providers in the area. Parents without internet access should call 740-373-6996 or 800-577-2276. Those interested in becoming a child care provider during the summer months should call the COAD Early Care and Education Division at 740-373-6996 or 800-577-2276 for information, as the need for child care increases during the summer months due to the closing of public schools and many child care programs.


It’s time for a change! Change your clocks and batteries… Safe Kids USA would like to remind you that when it's time to change your clocks for daylight saving time on March 8, 2009, you also should change the batteries in all your smoke alarms. It’s important to change the batteries once a year, unless they're 10-year lithium batteries.


Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed. Read the Scientific American article: The Serious Need for Play


Have your kids had all their vaccines for their age? It's hard to keep track of them, especially when the recommendations change. The Centers for Disease Control, which just released its 2009 Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules, provides several tools to help you understand and track your kids' vaccines. The Instant Childhood Immunization Scheduler lets you enter the birth date of a child 6 years old or younger to get a chart listing all vaccines your child should have received. The Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations introduces parents to the 14 childhood diseases and the 10 vaccines aimed at keeping them at bay. Vaccine Safety addresses concerns about the safety of childhood immunizations.


Governor Strickland signs Booster Seat Bill in to Law Governor Ted Strickland signed Substitute House Bill 320 into law on Tuesday, January 6; the law extends requirements for booster seat use for children from age 4 to age 8. The law will go into effect on April 6. Law enforcement will issue warnings only for the first 6 months. Full enforcement, including citations, will begin on or about November 6. Fines will range from $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence. The Director of Health is responsible for adapting rules to establish enforcement criteria for determining compliance.


Beginning today Hocking County Children Services will have a new after hours answering service for emergency calls after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends and holidays. Callers may continue to contact Children Services at 385-4168 and may now call toll-free to 866-247-2812.


Sign The Petition to Save Handmade Toys & Children's Products from the CPSIA
Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number. All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels. For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers and manufacturers of children's products, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business. The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children's goods that have earned and kept the public's trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children's products will no longer be legal in the US. If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.
How else can you help? Please write to your United States Congress Person and Senator to request changes in the CPSIA to save handmade toys and children's products.
Want more information? Visit: Handmade Toy Alliance


Obama Pledge Stirs Hope in Early Education


Ohio Lawmakers Pass Booster Seat Law: State lawmakers have approved a bill requiring children between the ages of four and eight to be in booster seats while riding in cars. The National Transportation Safety Board says Ohio is only one of seven states that doesn't currently require booster seats for children older than three. The board says seat belts that don't fit young children properly can do extensive damage in accidents. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.


USDA Unveils Food Pyramid for Preschoolers: The United States Department of Agriculture has launched a web-based food pyramid for parents of preschoolers that provides nutritional guidelines and menu guidance for children ages 2 to 5. An interactive feature enables parents to enter a child's gender, age and activity level to get a customized food plan that promotes healthy eating.


Experts: Lack of playtime is hurting children


Associated Press Article: Parents pull kids from day care as money tightens


Local Event: Kids in Action - Saturday, October 4th from 10am-2pm at the Hocking College Student Center. $1 Admission. DETAILS


Upcoming Local Event: AHA! Children's Museum Harvest Happening, October 24th from 6-8pm. Get the reservation form HERE


Late last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Child Left Inside Act of 2008!


Local Event: State Farm® Child Safety Day at 390 Main St in Logan on Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 10am-2pm. Make sure your children are riding safely. Have your safety seat inspected for proper installation by a representative from Hocking County Health Department. Contact Shannon at Corby Leach’s State Farm office at 385-6878 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit


Kinder Beginnings made the front page of this week's Hocking Valley Advertiser with the story of our "Eco-Healthy" qualifications!


Help Working Families Stay Healthy: Support Breastfeeding Mothers. Tell Your Congressperson to Co-Sponsor H.R. 2236 - Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2007


The US Breastfeeding Committee Recommends Mother Support for Six Months of Exclusive Breastfeeding


Read the Logan Daily News article on our program


From the Natural Child Project: Close Ties Between Parents and Babies Benefit Young Children


Introducing the newest addition to our program: Mom's Morning Out! Perfect for stay-at-home moms (and dads!) or parents juggling duel schedules. View the flyer for more information.


I am proud to announce that Kinder Beginnings is one of the first two child care businesses in the state of Ohio to meet the quailifcations of the Oregon Environmental Council's Eco-Healthy Child Care Program! "Going green" is important to me, because I believe it is healthier for the kids and our earth.


Congress sends Bush bill banning lead in toys


Gov. Strickland Aims to Make Education More Personalized


Our new guestbook is up and running - archived posts have been transferred. Please contact me if you encounter any issues.


Upcoming LOCAL Event: Lancaster Children's Museum AHA! to hold Usborne book sale on May 18th with all free books earned being given to AHA! Unable to join in the fun that day? You can still show your support - online purchases can be made here.


Upcoming LOCAL Event: The Hocking County Early Childhood Committee presents the 10th Annual KIDPALOOZA! Thursday, 5/8 from 10am-2pm at 1593 East Front St. (the former Volunteers of America building). KIDPALOOZA is a free event open to the public and intended for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.


Upcoming Event: May 9th 2008 is National Provider Appreciation Day. Showing your appreciation to a child care provider need not be an expensive or elaborate gesture. Simply taking a moment to remind a caregiver that their work is appreciated and makes a difference in the lives of the children can be an invaluable gift. Provider Appreciation Day started in 1996 as a special way to recognize the tireless efforts of child care providers, teachers, and educators of young children everywhere.


From Zero to Three: In recognition of the Week of the Young Child from April 13-19, a number of House Members participated in a special order on the House floor making speeches to highlight the importance of increased funding for Head Start/Early Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Read the full federal update to learn more about the budget talks and the Week of the Young Child!


Week of the Young child April 13-19


The House Budget Resolution has been approved for the 2009 fiscal year.Read about how programs serving infants, toddlers and their families fared.


Ohio Lets Child Care Workers Unionize


Send flowers, help children blossom! Prevent Child Abuse America will receive 15% of Valentine's Day proceeds from! Please visit: FTD to find the perfect gift for your someone special. Valentine's Day is Thursday, February 14.


ClassroomsCare is back - and GREEN! We are reading 100 books to show our support for the protection of 100 acres of rainforest. For more information, please visit: Scholastic.


The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for each time this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure for autism. When you have a moment, please visit to watch the video and pass it along to your loved ones. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.


Tips on how to dress infants properly for cold weather


FDA: Cold medicines too risky for tots


Article: The Child-Care Crisis


Rising Food Prices Affect Daycares


Bush Signs Head Start Preschool Bill


Groups release guide to toxins in toys


12-Week Maternity Leave Up For Vote


Article: Day care not harming kids, experts argue


Governor Ted Strickland today signed Senate Bill 144 which allows the Ohio Department of Health to develop a Shaken Baby Syndrome educational program.


The Benefits Of Simple Retro Toys


Parents and the High Price of Child Care: NACCRRA's 2007 Update


Census says kids getting more time with parents


ClassroomsCare Update - we have reached our 100 books goal! Our program is now listed in Scholastic's Hall of Fame!


Complete list of toys recalled for lead levels (with photos)


Repair Kits Ready To Be Sent To Parents and Caregivers With Recalled Simplicity Cribs


Quality Child Care for America Act Introduced in Congress


MRSA "Superbug" - Hype or Hazard?


The spooky season is among us! Be careful to keep your family safe, take a minute and check out these tips from the American Red Cross.


If you've been reading the newspapers or watching TV, you may have heard about some high-profile cases of MRSA, or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. To help you protect your child, the infectious disease experts at Dayton Children's want to make sure you have the latest, most accurate information on MRSA. Please take a moment to review an informative Q&A about MRSA.


Infant Cough & Cold Medicine Recall


This morning, President Bush vetoed the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion that passed with strong bipartisan support in Congress. The Senate has enough votes to override the veto. But supporters of the bill are working to drum up enough votes in the House, which is still short of the required two-thirds majority. A continuing resolution funds SCHIP at current levels through November 16.


Please take a moment to contact your elected officials to ask them to co-sponsor the Breastfeeding Promotion Act. The more co-sponsors that sign on this bill, the more momentum the bill will have toward passage. To quickly contact your elected officials today, please use this link.


Today is National Child Health Day, important to all of us who deal with children. National Child Health day is an annual observance that dates back to 1928 and is celebrated on the first Monday in October. This day is recognized so that we can focus on the attention of the Nation related to children's development and well being. Visit for more information.


October 1st is National Child Health Day. Visit the official site for more information and free resources.


Lawmakers Seek Health And Safety Standards For Home Day Cares In Ohio. Read the article. Please be aware that while our program does fall under the "Type B Home" guidelines that currently do not require liscensing, we do have criminal background check information on file and available upon request. Our program is also subject to inspections for participation in the food program and CCR&R referrals from COAD.


Our program is participating in the ClassroomsCare project. For every 100 books children in a classroom read by December 21, 2007, Scholastic will give 100 books to its literacy partners for distribution to children in need. ClassroomsCare has donated more than 6 million books in the last 6 years. View the progress on our scoreboard.


1 million Graco, Simplicity cribs recalled in U.S. - Read the press release for more information.


"Forty-Four Senators Send Letter Asking President Bush To Rescind New Rules That Restrict SCHIP Enrollment" Read the full article.


It's fair time! The Hocking County Fair runs from September 10-17. Entertainment and fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, exhibits, rides, music, and food. For more information visit the Official Site.


Federal Legislative Update (From
Having just returned from its month-long August recess, Congress must now turn its attention to completing several important tasks. The House Education and Labor Committee has kicked off the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) sprint for September with the unveiling of their draft for the reauthorization of the program (LINK).In addition, both the House and Senate will continue to move through the appropriations process, as well as meet to reconcile differences between their respective versions of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Read More

State-by-State Review of SCHIP
"Protecting America's Future: A State-by State Look at SCHIP & Uninsured Kids."

The Basics on NCLB and SCHIP (From September 4th Newsletter


Lowe's offers free Build and Grow classes. Projects are designed for 2nd-5th graders; all supplies are provided and each child receives a free apron and goggles. You do have to be present with your child to attend. Details and Sign Up.


Good news! SIDS Rates Fall as Infants' Sleep Positions Change. Read the full article.

"Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide" Pregnant moms and any breastfeeding moms and children are invited to attend Wednesday August 8, 2007 at 10:00am at Richland Ave. Park in Athens, OH. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Organized locally by Athens WIC.


Read an inspirational article about giving our best to our children, from DailyOM.

Research Highlights Early Diagnosis and Early Intervention of Autism. Click here to read the full article.


Gerber Recalls Organic Baby Cereals (AP) - Gerber Products Co. recalled all packages of its organic rice and organic oatmeal cereals Friday because of potential clumping of the baby food, which can pose a choking hazard. All codes of the two products, sold in 8-ounce boxes, are being recalled. The organic rice cereal UPC code is 15000 12504 and the organic oatmeal cereal UPC code is 15000 12502. customers can call the Gerber parents resource center at 800-443-7237 to return the product and receive a full refund.


With Independence Day fast approaching, please take a moment to read these fireworks safety tips from KidsHealth to ensure your family can celebrate safely.


"Caregivers' Low Pay Hurts Quality" - Read the article here.

Supporting Growth and Development of Babies In Child Care: What Does The Research Say? Read the interesting article here.


The DailyOM article, "Little Gurus: Learning To Follow" gives an inspirational perspective on leading children. Read it here.


Work & Family Life newsletter recently addressed the issue of the difference dads make in the lives of children. As part of this, their writer, Kyle Pruett, MD, talked about the impact dad's have on children's development. Here are some examples:

* Infants who had positive interactions with their fathers are more likely to explore the world around them with vigor and interest. They tend to become more curious and less hesitant or fearful, especially in the face of novel or unusual stimuli. The combination of a father's more a ctive play initiation and his somewhat less immediate support in the face of frustration seems to promote adaptive and problem-solving competencies in a child.
* By the time they start school, children with hands-on dads are better able to wait their turn for the teacher's attention. Young children whose fathers were involved in a positive way have also been found to be less impulsive and to display more self-control in unfamiliar social situations.
* Researchers in the 1950's studied a group of five-year-olds, focusing on their feelings of sympathy and compassion for other people. In a follow-up study 30 years later, they found that, as adults the strongest predictor of empathic concern for others was a high level of paternal care they received as children.
...Happy Father's Day!


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 70 percent of car seats are not used properly - a sobering statistic when you think about all the road trips families will take this summer.

Here are some basic tips for correct installation:
Rear and Center: The safest position to install a car seat (when you have only one child) is in the rear center seat because it's the farthest distance from any point of possible impact. If that seat does not have its own set of latch anchors, use a seatbelt - not the anchors from the outer seats - to secure the car seat.
Harness: When a child is in a rear-facing seat, use the harness slots at or below the child's shoulders. With a front-facing seat, use the harness slots at or the child's shoulders.
Chest Clip: The chest clip of the harness should be at chest level or armpit level. A chest clip that is not at the appropriate level may slip and separate, and therefore does not offer the greatest possible protection.
Snug and Secure: You should not be able to move the car seat (once it's strapped in) more than one inch from side to side or front to back.
Infant Car Seat Carrier Handle: Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding placement of the carrier handle for a seat that's installed in a car. A manufacturer may specify certain positions that are not safe for transit mode because of a greater chance the child could hit his head on it in a collision.

For more information about car safety seats, visit
To locate a certified child passenger safety technician in your area, visit

05/16/07 is launching a new live BlogTalkRadio radio show, "Preschool Rock Moms" which will cover topics related to parenting preschoolers. Broadcasts begin on June 3rd - you can view the show schedule here.


Give the gift that gives twice this Mother's Day! Send FTD flowers and gifts this Mother's Day and FTD.COM will donate 15% of every order to Prevent Child Abuse America. Just visit or call 1-800-SEND-FTD and mention promo code 13060.


NACCRRA Press Release: National Provider Appreciation Day on May 11. Read it here

New Report Reviews Recent Family Child Care Research. Read it here

Upcoming free local event for toddlers, preschoolers and their families - view the flyer

A newly-found benefit of breastfeeding... Read the article

Training & Certifications page now available for viewing here

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Prevention Tips For Parents can be found here

April newsletter available here

Understanding child care costs - read the newly released article from Child Care Lounge: Why is Daycare So Expensive?


Article: What the latest day-care study really found. LINK


Governor Strickland has signed the executive order to increase the maximum reimbursement ceiling rates for subsidized child care in Ohio to the 65th percentile of the 2006 market rate study starting in May, increasing revenue for providers of subsidized care by 11.5%. In counties where the rates are higher than the 65th percentile, rates will not be reduced.


Ohio's Governor Ted Strickland mentions early childhood education changes in his State of the State Address. Read the excerpt here. The full State of the State Address is available here.


March newsletter released. Missed this issue? Subscribe to our mailing list and get each issue delivered directly to you in PDF format.


Ohio Daycare NOT breastfeeding-friendly? Read about it here and here.
Please note that I am fully aware of the benefits of breastmilk (both of my children were breastfed until they each self-weaned at 13 months and 10 months) and I do not charge any additional fees for "special handling" of breastmilk at our facility. I am supportive of parents in the decisions that they make regarding the feeding of their children, as long as they are nutritionally appropriate.


Make a difference, take a stand. Aid in the protection of our children. Write to your representatives here and urge funding for the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. This site provides a form letter and links to the contact information for your representatives. Easy and painless... this issue is so important and worth the time!


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