Is your child care center preparing for emergencies?
If you operate a child care center or family day home, are you prepared for an emergency or disaster? Subjects such as this often is neglected or overlooked when thinking about Child Care training.
On Saturday, June 1, Ellis and Navarro counties, with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be hosting the “Bi-County Childcare Provider Conference.” “Crisis Management” will be the topic of one of the sessions offered, focusing on emergencies and how to handle it, should your child care center be affected.
The conference will be held at the Baylor Baptist Church, 210 N. Preston, Ennis. Cost for the event is $30.00, which will include lunch, refreshments, and materials for the conference. Four clock hours will be given, plus 2 clock hours on Transportation Safety Training. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Topics to be covered include Sensory Overload; Bugs, Butterflies and More (Make and Take Summer Project ideas); Crisis Management; Bullying; and Transporting Children Safely in Care.
Being prepared for a crisis is an integral part of an overall plan. Questions that will be addressed include:
• Does the child care center have a plan?
• Does the plan cover preparedness and response?
• Has the staff been trained?
• Have we practiced the plan?
• Have we practiced enough?
• Have we informed parents on what our plan is?
There are many more questions and how you answer these questions can make a difference in how prepared you are for an emergency and the aftermath. Being prepared is critical to minimize the trauma and stress associated with an emergency for staff, children, and parents.
Child care centers and provides need to be prepared for a crisis, as it can occur quickly and without warning and can threaten the health and safety of the children and staff.
Remember, being prepared is the best protection for you, your staff, the children in your care and their parents.
Further information is available by calling County Extension agents with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at: 972-825-5175, Rita Hodges (Ellis County); or 903-654-3075, Paula Butler (Navarro County).
Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.
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