Adding Nighttime Care to Your Early Childhood Program

Type
Course
Date of Publication
January 11, 2023
Price
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Overview

Many parents work nontraditional hours, meaning their children need access to early care and education programs outside typical operating hours. In the absence of qualified early care and education programs that offer nighttime care, these families may have to make challenging and precarious choices, choosing between maintaining their employment and leaving their children without the appropriate care. The purpose of this 2-hour course is to support early childhood program owners and directors through the process of incorporating extended hours of care, including overnight care, to support the needs of many families across Texas.

Course Information

Many parents work nontraditional hours, meaning their children need access to early care and education programs outside typical operating hours. In the absence of qualified early care and education programs that offer nighttime care, these families may have to make challenging and precarious choices, choosing between maintaining their employment and leaving their children without the appropriate care.

The purpose of this 2-hour course is to support early childhood program owners and directors through the process of incorporating extended hours of care, including overnight care, to support the needs of many families across Texas.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Minimum Standards for including nontraditional nighttime hours in child care centers, licensed and registered child care homes, and listed family homes;
  • Describe the demand for nighttime care within communities across Texas;
  • Describe considerations for adding nighttime care to existing program operations; and
  • List ways to create sustainability for nighttime care enrollment through multiple marketing techniques.

The development of this online course was 100% funded by federal Child Care and Development Funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of an $8,000,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

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