Partnering for Preparedness Expo
For the first time at the Kalahari resort in Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday, October 7th, the Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area held the first Partnering for Preparedness event. Child care providers from all 9 counties who work in early care and education throughout the rural capital area were invited to attend this free event.
The Child Care Services staff were onsite to assist with the event, ready to answer any questions and connect with their provider partners. The event allowed providers to host an information booth at the community resource fair to connect with parents who attended the Parents Palooza event that same day.
Eighty-six providers participated in the event and gained valuable training. The first training session started with a presentation from Save the Children. They discussed how to be prepared in emergency situations inside and outside of the classroom.
The Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept presented the second session on Response to Active Shooters. This session equipped early care teachers for active shooter situations. Both sessions offered beneficial information that providers can utilize in their classroom setting.
Each Provider received a total of 5.5 hours of TECPEDS training credit for the Emergency Preparedness session. We enjoyed the opportunity to offer in-person training again, allowing the Child Care Providers to network with their colleagues from other centers. Each providers staff received an emergency go bag for their classroom and a complimentary lunch provided by Kalahari Resorts.
The event was successful, with the provider's staff walking away with invaluable resources they gained and can utilize immediately to keep the children they care for safe.