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Free child-care training program established

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Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service have announced a series of free online trainings for child care providers and parents who are either in need of or who will be providing care for children of essential employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first three training sessions available now are Special Considerations for Infection Control During COVID-19, which can be accessed at https://agrilifelearn. tamu.edu/product?cata log=COFS-256; High-Quality Emergency Child Care During COVID-19, accessed at https://agrilifelearn. tamu.edu/product?catalog=COFS-258; and When & How to Provide Child Care During COVID-19, which is at https://agrilife-learn.tamu.edu/product?-catalog=COFS-259.

Additional free training sessions will address health and safety guidelines, practices for staffing, essential materials for child care operations, developmentally appropriate activities, adultchild interactions and more topics, a news release about the training said. Texas First Lady Cecilia

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott provided an introductory video for the child care training sessions that can be watched online at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=uVbLacVfvbY&- feature=youtu.be.

“These trainings provide crucial health and safety information to parents and child care providers affected by the COVID-19 response and ensure that providers and parents alike have the tools they need to effectively care for young Texans,” the governor said. “I am grateful for this ongoing collaboration with our public and private partners to support Texans throughout this challenging time.”

These online training courses were developed through a collaboration between the Governor’s Texas Frontline Child Care Task Force and specialists in child and early child development, health, disaster assessment and recovery and family economics from agriLife’s Family and Community Health Unit.

It also included experts from the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Children’s Learning Institute, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Department of State Health Services, officials said.