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National Institute of Health: SIDS "Back to Sleep" Campaign
The Back to Sleep campaign is suitably named for its recommendation to place healthy babies on their backs to sleep. Placing babies on their backs to sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as "crib death." This campaign has been successful in promoting infant back sleeping to parents, family members, child care providers, health professionals, and all other caregivers of infants.

Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, nearly 3 million children and 90,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive. This website helps providers in understanding and getting started in the process of working with state nutrition program.

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Admin for Children & Families
The Child Care Bureau, Office of Family Assistance, supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.

CDA Credential
This website belongs to the Council for Professional Recognition. It will detail all of the steps necessary for you to receive your CDA Credential.

Food Pyramid (2-5yrs.)
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.

Transportation Safety Tips for Children
This website belongs to the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration. This site has numerous tips for transporting children safely. PDF’s are available to share with staff, parents and the community.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
This website has a wealth of information for childcare providers, families, instructors and trainers and the community in general regarding Early Childhood Care on a national level. They have many resources that are downloadable and others that you can order.

National Institute of Health: SIDS "Back to Sleep" Campaign
The Back to Sleep campaign is suitably named for its recommendation to place healthy babies on their backs to sleep. Placing babies on their backs to sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as "crib death." This campaign has been successful in promoting infant back sleeping to parents, family members, child care providers, health professionals, and all other caregivers of infants.

Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, nearly 3 million children and 90,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive. This website helps providers in understanding and getting started in the process of working with state nutrition program.

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Admin for Children & Families
The Child Care Bureau, Office of Family Assistance, supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.

CDA Credential
This website belongs to the Council for Professional Recognition. It will detail all of the steps necessary for you to receive your CDA Credential.

Food Pyramid (2-5yrs.)
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.

Transportation Safety Tips for Children
This website belongs to the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration. This site has numerous tips for transporting children safely. PDF’s are available to share with staff, parents and the community.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
This website has a wealth of information for childcare providers, families, instructors and trainers and the community in general regarding Early Childhood Care on a national level. They have many resources that are downloadable and others that you can order.

Child Safety Protection Act Fact Sheet
This website is part of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s information portal. It is a direct link to random facts regarding safety labeling of products used by children.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

Toy Safety Publications
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
This website is part of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s information portal. It is a direct link to very helpful resources and information links many publications that can be downloaded that help consumers shop for toys and equipment with safety in mind.

National Program for Playground Safety
NPPS serves as a national resource for the latest educational and research information about playground safety. NPPS has developed the largest and most comprehensive clearinghouse of outdoor play areas safety information and resources in the United States. NPPS operates on fees generated through research, training, and educational resources

Women, Infants and Children
WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. You may use this link to access your local WIC offices.

Texas Child Care Forms
Child Care Licensing Forms for Providers The Child Care Licensing Division provides the following forms for use by: child care providers, child care centers, registered child-care homes, licensed child-care homes, 24-hour care facilities, emergency shelters, foster homes, foster group homes, child placing agencies, agency foster group homes. While these forms can be used for documenting information required by the Minimum Standards, their use is not mandated by Child Care Licensing.

Texas Background Check Information
The 80th Texas Legislature passed a new law that will require a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint check for anyone that is currently required to have a background check in a child day care center. This new law becomes effective September 1, 2007.

Changes to Transportation Laws that Affect Childcare Providers
Transportation Safety Training Requirements
The Texas Legislature passed a law during the 81st Legislative Regular Session that requires anyone in a licensed or registered child care program who transports a child whose chronological or developmental age is younger than nine years to complete at least two hours of annual training on transportation safety. You can access this link to get additional information regarding this legislation. The Texas Teacher Academy offers the 2 hour training on our home page for all childcare providers.

See and Save
This website provides promotional materials, resources and printable handouts that promote water safety and create awareness regarding the dangers of leaving children in hot cars during the summer.

Dont be in the Dark about Childcare
This website provides promotional materials, resources and printable handouts that promote the “Don’t be in the Dark About Child Care” campaign. This campaign is through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as they set out to increase awareness of the dangers of unregulated childcare.

Information on Shaken Baby Syndrome
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Division of Licensing, provides general information on Shaken Baby Syndrome and SIDS as a public service to visitors of their web site.
  

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