Champions for Children receives $15K grant

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Champions for Children received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation that will fund important training.

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According to a release, the $15,500 grant will fund a two-hour training on child neglect and abuse, allowing 2,500 participants to undergo the training.

“Champions’ Childcare Teacher Training is a comprehensive program designed to equip educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet state standards and address the critical issue of child neglect and healthy child development. This training, tailored to the specific needs of childcare providers, encompasses key elements including State Standards Compliance, In-Depth Understanding of Child Neglect, Legal and Ethical Considerations, Interactive Learning Modules, Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Training, Collaboration with State Agencies, Continuous Professional Development, Case Studies and Practical Scenarios, Networking Opportunities, and Evaluation and Certification.”

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Champions for Children said that child neglect cases in the U.S. include over 600,000 children, and that children up to age three are 80% of all neglect cases in Texas.

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“The number of neglect and abuse cases in our state is alarming,” Andria Horton, executive director of Champions for Children, said. “It’s imperative to have well-informed early educators because they are on the front lines. They are the ones who are fostering relationships with and teaching the young children of East Texas. We need to be able to rely on their expertise because they are in a position to make an important positive impact on a child’s early life and beyond and are often the first one to suspect and identify abuse.”

Champions for Children said that this training will be vital for early childhood educators battling child neglect and to maintain high-quality childcare and education.

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