ERIC Number: ED393583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Improving the Safety Standards of Family Child Care Homes by Developing and Implementing a Health and Safety Training Program for State-Licensed Family Child Care Providers.
Shallcross, Mary Ann
This practicum report describes a project to improve safety and health conditions for state-licensed family child care homes. Since the family child care providers in the study area do not have to meet more than minimum state health and safety requirements, providers have limited knowledge of and need to improve health and safety standards in their family child care homes. Telephone surveys and interviews with state officials and providers documented the need for health and safety training, but no group had attempted to meet the need. A literature survey revealed that training would help strengthen the quality of family child care homes and improve the professionalism of providers. Six training workshops were offered to 20 providers on methods to improve health and safety and to deal with emergency/crisis situations. Workshops were supplemented with in-home technical assistance on health and safety. Topics covered were orientation, self-esteem, safety, creating healthy environments, professionalism, and rescue organization. A statewide rescue registration program was also organized. The projected outcomes of the practicum goal were: 15 of the 20 family child care providers would register their homes with local fire/rescue departments; 15 of the 20 family providers would improve the health and safety in their homes (as measured by a checklist); and 5 of the 20 providers would join a statewide rescue committee. At the conclusion, 14 providers had registered, 20 had satisfied the checklist, and 2 had joined the rescue committee. Three appendixes containing the rescue registration form and checklists are included. Contains 32 references. (TM)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Health, Child Safety, Child Welfare, Day Care Centers, Facility Guidelines, Family Day Care, Infant Care, Practicum Papers, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Implementation, Safety, Safety Education, State Regulation, State Standards
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.