Technical Assistance is the provision of information, advice, training and consultation provided to a child care operation to help comply with, maintain, and/or more effectively meet minimum standards and achieve program excellence. This page holds a collection of resources commonly used by Child Care Licensing staff to provide Technical Assistance.

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   24 Month Background Checks Provides information on how and when to submit 24-month background checks (English)Administration and Communication, Background Checks - TAC 745, Personnel, Record Keeping
   Accommodating Special Diets in Child Care Tips for accommodating special diets ranging from food allergies to parental preferences. (English)Administration and Communication, Nutrition and Food Service
   Accommodating Special Diets in Child Care (Spanish) Tips for accommodating special diets ranging from food allergies to parental preferences. (Spanish)Administration and Communication, Nutrition and Food Service
   Accommodating Special Diets in Child Care (Vietnamese) Tips for accommodating special diets ranging from food allergies to parental preferences. (Vietnamese)Administration and Communication, Nutrition and Food Service
   Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Template This emergency action plan template is to help organizations prepare their personnel for active shooter scenarios. (English)Administration and Communication, Fire Safety, Personnel, Safety Practices
   Active Shooter Resource: What You Can Do Run, Hide, Fight-resource to share with staff to prepare for an active shooter scenario. (English)Administration and Communication, Personnel, Safety Practices
   Active Supervision at a Glance Supervision strategies that allow children to explore their environment safely while being directly supervised. (English)Active Play, Activities, Field Trips, Personnel
   Adapting the Child Care Environment for Special Needs Many child care providers work with children who have disabilities or special needs. Remember that children with special needs are children first, and have more similarities than differences from children without disabilities. (English)Active Play, Activities, Personnel, Physical Facilities
   Adapting the Child Care Environment for Special Needs (Spanish) Many child care providers work with children who have disabilities or special needs. Remember that children with special needs are children first, and have more similarities than differences from children without disabilities. (Spanish)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication, Personnel, Physical Facilities
   Adapting the Child Care Environment for Special Needs (Vn) Many child care providers work with children who have disabilities or special needs. Remember that children with special needs are children first, and have more similarities than differences from children without disabilities. (Vietnamese)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication, Health Practices, Personnel, Physical Facilities, Ratios and Group Sizes
   Adapting Toys and Play Materials Although adaptation is most commonly associated with children with disabilities, toys can and should be adapted whenever any child – or group of children – needs extra assistance. The following ideas illustrate ways that early childhood toys and play materials can be adapted. (English)Active Play, Activities
   Adapting Toys and Play Materials (Spanish) Although adaptation is most commonly associated with children with disabilities, toys can and should be adapted whenever any child – or group of children – needs extra assistance. The following ideas illustrate ways that early childhood toys and play materials can be adapted. (Spanish)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication
   Adapting Toys and Play Materials (Vn) Although adaptation is most commonly associated with children with disabilities, toys can and should be adapted whenever any child – or group of children – needs extra assistance. The following ideas illustrate ways that early childhood toys and play materials can be adapted. (Vietnamese)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication
   Adding Minimum Standards to Smart Devices Updated tips to add the minimum standards to your smart device. (English)Administration and Communication, Personnel
   After the Hurricane-Keeping Children Safe Keep children safe and at ease through the wait and associated cleanup of Hurricane Harvey (English)Activities, Administration and Communication
   Ages and Stages - Preschoolers/ Pre-Kindergarteners This document provides an overview of the characteristics of children ages three to five years. (English)Activities
   Ages and Stages - Preschoolers/ Pre-Kindergarteners (Sp) This document provides an overview of the characteristics of children ages three to five years. (Spanish)Activities
   Ages and Stages - Preschoolers/ Pre-Kindergarteners (Vn) This document provides an overview of the characteristics of children ages three to five years. (Vietnamese)Activities
   Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan by AAP Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan (English)Record Keeping
   Anchor It Initiative Anchor items such as TV's, bookshelves (English)Health Practices, Physical Facilities, Safety Practices
   Background Checks for Frequent or Regular Visitors Day Care Provides information on when and how to submit background checks for frequent and regular visitors (English)Administration and Communication, Application and Issuance - TAC 745, Background Checks - TAC 745, Personnel, Record Keeping
   Basic Tools for Guiding Young Children's Behavior Basic tools that can be used to guide children's behaviors in a positive and consistent direction. The importance of focusing on positive behaviors, providing constructive feedback, and teaching children how to correct the effects of their behavior. (English)Administration and Communication, Discipline, Personnel
   Basic Tools for Guiding Young Children's Behavior. (Spanish) Basic tools that can be used to guide children's behaviors in a positive and consistent direction. The importance of focusing on positive behaviors, providing constructive feedback, and teaching children how to correct the effects of their behavior. (Spanish)Administration and Communication, Discipline, Personnel
   Basic Tools for Guiding Young Children's Behaviors. (Vietnamese) Basic tools that can be used to guide children's behaviors in a positive and consistent direction. The importance of focusing on positive behaviors, providing constructive feedback, and teaching children how to correct the effects of their behavior. (Vietnamese)Administration and Communication, Discipline, Personnel
   CACFP Child Meal Pattern-Chart USDA Child Meal Pattern 2016 (English)Nutrition and Food Service
   CACFP Child Meal Plan Updated 2017 USDA recently revised the CACFP meal patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. (English)Nutrition and Food Service
   Cars & Kids: How to Avoid Dangerous Situations Safety tips to prevent leaving children in hot vehicles. Safety tips to prevent leaving children in running vehicles. Safety tips for children when around parked cars. (English)Personnel, Transportation
   Cars & Kids: How to Avoid Dangerous Situations (Spanish) Safety tips to prevent leaving children in hot vehicles. Safety tips to prevent leaving children in running vehicles. Safety tips for children when around parked cars. (Spanish)Personnel, Transportation
   Cars & Kids: How to Avoid Dangerous Situations (Vietnamese) Safety tips to prevent leaving children in hot vehicles. Safety tips to prevent leaving children in running vehicles. Safety tips for children when around parked cars. (Vietnamese)Personnel, Transportation
   Checking the Sex Offender Registry to Keep Children Safe This provides information on how to check the sex offender registry and take precautions to keep children in care safe. (English)Abuse/Neglect Definitions - TAC 745, Administration and Communication, Background Checks - TAC 745, Safety Practices
   Checking the Sex Offender Registry to Keep Children Safe (Spanish) This provides information on how to check the sex offender registry and take precautions to keep children in care safe. (Spanish)Abuse/Neglect Definitions - TAC 745, Administration and Communication, Background Checks - TAC 745, Safety Practices
   Checking the Sex Offender Registry to Keep Children Safe (Vietnamese) This provides information on how to check the sex offender registry and take precautions to keep children in care safe. (Vietnamese)Abuse/Neglect Definitions - TAC 745, Administration and Communication, Background Checks - TAC 745, Safety Practices
   Child First Language (English) The children (and their families) you care for will pick up the words you use, and from your example they will learn how to think about the world around them, including people who are different from them. (English)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication, Discipline, Personnel
   Child First Language (Spanish) The children (and their families) you care for will pick up the words you use, and from your example they will learn how to think about the world around them, including people who are different from them. (Spanish)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication, Personnel
   Child First Language (Vn) The children (and their families) you care for will pick up the words you use, and from your example they will learn how to think about the world around them, including people who are different from them. (Vietnamese)Active Play, Activities, Administration and Communication, Discipline, Personnel
   Child Safety Guide Safe Sleep, Choking Prevention, Water Safety, Car Safety, Anchor (English)Active Play, Activities, Field Trips, Naptime, Nutrition and Food Service, Pools, Safety Practices
   Child Safety Guide-Spanish Caring for children leads to great joy and satisfaction, but also comes great responsibility. While you are busy making a difference in the life of a child, here are a few ways you can reduce the risk to children in your care. (Spanish)Health Practices, Naptime, Nutrition and Food Service, Pools, Safety Practices
   Child Safety Guide-Viet Caring for children leads to great joy and satisfaction, but also comes great responsibility. While you are busy making a difference in the life of a child, here are a few ways you can reduce the risk to children in your care. (Vietnamese)Health Practices, Naptime, Nutrition and Food Service, Pools, Safety Practices
   Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education Make sure that early care and education (ECE) programs are located in safe places — so that children aren’t exposed to dangerous chemicals during their care. (English)Administration and Communication, Application and Issuance - TAC 745
   Choosing, Introducing and Caring for Pets Considerations for having a pet in the child care setting. (English)Administration and Communication, Safety Practices
   Choosing, Introducing and Caring for Pets (Spanish) Considerations for having a pet in the child care setting. (Spanish)Administration and Communication, Safety Practices
   Choosing, Introducing and Caring for Pets (Vietnamese) Considerations for having a pet in the child care setting. (Vietnamese)Administration and Communication, Safety Practices
   Communicating with Parents To foster partnerships with parents, you need to consciously promote open communication. When parents have an infant or toddler with a disability, effective communication is especially critical. (Vietnamese)Administration and Communication, Personnel, Safety Practices
   Communicating with Parents (English) To foster partnerships with parents, you need to consciously promote open communication. When parents have an infant or toddler with a disability, effective communication is especially critical. (English)Activities, Administration and Communication, Personnel
   Communicating with Parents (Spanish) To foster partnerships with parents, you need to consciously promote open communication. When parents have an infant or toddler with a disability, effective communication is especially critical. (Spanish)Activities, Administration and Communication, Personnel
   Communicating with Parents about Medication Policies Tips on how to talk with parents about medication and medication policies. (English)Administration and Communication, Safety Practices
   Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan The best way to keep children safe and healthy in an emergency is by having a response plan in place in advance. If your program doesn’t have one already, then you will need to develop an emergency preparedness plan. Creating an emergency preparedness plan is a step-by-step process. (English)Administration and Communication, Fire Safety
   Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan (Sp) The best way to keep children safe and healthy in an emergency is by having a response plan in place in advance. If your program doesn’t have one already, then you will need to develop an emergency preparedness plan. Creating an emergency preparedness plan is a step-by-step process. (Spanish)Administration and Communication, Fire Safety, Personnel
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