Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Emergency Preparedness Resources

One of our sessions at the September 29th training was Emergency Preparedness Plans.  Special thanks to Rebecca Eichen with Rocking Horse Academy for sharing their Emergency Preparedness Plan with the participants.  It is quite detailed and would be a great resource for anyone working on their plan.

One resource that Dr. Connie Sheppard (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County) shared with me is the "Family Child Care Emergency Preparedness Guide"  that was developed in partnership by the NH Child Development Bureau, Child Care Licensing Unit, Child Care Resource and Referral Network, NH Emergency Management of Department of Safety and Easter Seals NH. Click here to view and/or download the guide.

Links to other resources can be found on the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services by clicking here.

Click here to access on-line Emergency Prep courses, among many others, available from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Also, for general emergency preparation and aftermath tools, visit the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) by clicking here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Child Safety Seat Checks

Encourage your families to have their child's car seat at one of the Austin area inspections provided by Texans in Motion.  They provide 4-5 free trainings monthly, so you can contact Sherrianne Truex-Cabrera at STRUEXCABRERA@sw.org for other dates. 

Also, on the NHTSA website, families can also have car seats inspected at: 

Hays County Sheriff's Office
1307 Uhland Road
San Marcos, TX 78666
Hours: M-F 8am - 12pm; by appointment only

Contact: Deputy Manuel de La Rosa, 512-393-7373

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Child Care Wellness Grant Program

While the deadline has passed for 2012, perhaps this is something to consider for next year, assuming the grant opportunity will continue.  Texas CACFP (Child & Adult Care Food Program) Child Care Wellness Grant Program funds Farm to Child Care (FTC) and Breastfeeding Supportive Child Care Practices (BSP) projects in CACFP child care centers and day care homes across the state. These grants are based on a competitive process where each application is reviewed and scored by a panel of experts.  This year, there was $650,000 available for child care facilities.  Click here to find out more.