One of the agencies we collaborate with here in Tehama County is the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC). Several of our employees serve on the council and participate in many various capacities. One is to provide child abuse reporting training for the community at large.
Tehama County citizens who work with children have an opportunity to learn about child abuse reporting this month. The Tehama County Child Abuse Prevention Council is hosting mandated reporter training for free on February 26th from 6pm to 8pm at the Red Bluff Community Center. The training includes the essentials of reporting, including the definition of a mandated reporter, the history of child abuse reporting and child protection services, and how to file a report in Tehama County. The training will feature a panel of experts from law enforcement, the county counsel’s office and the Child Welfare Department to answer questions about reporting.
“There is nothing more important to our society than the protection of our children,” said Mike Lindsey, Vice Chairperson and Event Coordinator for the Child Abuse Prevention Council. “This training is essential for all persons to take, not just mandated reporters. We all play a key role in ensuring that, if a child appears to be in danger, swift action is taken to protect the child and hopefully mitigate any long term effects.”
The mandated child abuse reporting laws only date back to 1963, when the first laws were passed requiring physicians to report suspected abuse in their patients. The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) was passed in 1974, identifying other classes of child service workers required to report and has been amended a number of times over the years, to now include over 40 categories of individuals mandated to report.
Those interested in the training can register online at http://tinyurl.com/p2elntk or they may call Mike Lindsey at 529-1500 extension 114 to register or for more information.
We are so honored to be hosting the Corning Chamber of Commerce event "Corning in the Evening" tonight at Corning Center. NCCDI has been a member of the Chamber for a while, and staff attends events and meetings regularly, but this is our first opportunity to host the business community at one of our centers and highlight what we do.
People know that Head Start does childcare--they may even know that we are preschool services. They may not know that we offer NAEYC Accredited preschool services. We have high quality programs that prepare children for transition to k-12 school and beyond.
We also work intensively with the families. We value parents and caregivers as a child's first and lifelong teacher, and we work with them to nurture their skills, to help them develop new skills and to connect them to resources and other parents for support. We also provide support for families to be certain that they are receiving the health care they need, and we sometimes drive families to health care appointments to be sure that children come to school ready to learn.
We help parents make contact with education and job opportunities as well. We want the family as a whole to be healthy physically, emotionally, and financially.
Springtime in Tehama County means lots of community events centered around health. Our staff in Corning kicked off the new year with a Family Wellness event at Corning Center. Led by Maria Lowe and Alejandra Rubalcaba, the event featured information about car seats, healthy eating demos, tobacco awareness, a yoga instructor, and nurses doing health screenings. On January 24th, NCCDI also hosted CPR and 1st Aid for our parents in January, to give caregivers of young children the skills to respond in an emergency.
Upcoming on February 7th is the annual Give Kids a Smile day. This collaboration of various community services, dental providers, the mobile dental clinic and others, offers an opportunity for children and pregnant women without health insurance or MediCal to receive dental care. Even if a person has emergency MediCal, they still qualify. Get to this one early, as they begin taking registrations at 7:30am, and end registration at 9am.
Also in February, NCCDI will be offering CPR and 1st Aid in Spanish. We are also teaming up with the Child Abuse Prevention Council to offer Mandated Reporter Training.
In our classrooms, you will also see a health focus--February is Children's Dental Health Month, and the preschoolers will be working hard on learning proper dental hygiene, they'll be talking about going to the dentist, and even have some opportunities in their dramatic play to explore what it is like to be a dentist. It should be a really exciting month.