Child Care Associates Re-Opens 20 Early Education Campuses Across Tarrant County
Child Care Associates Re-Opens 20 Early Education Campuses Across Tarrant County Available at No Cost to Eligible Families The Organization Serves 1,800 Area Children
(FORT WORTH, TX) – With all 20 early education campuses back in operation by October 5, Child Care Associates (CCA) is offering low-income families quality early learning options with the choice of inperson or remote services serving more than 1,800 children of disadvantaged means in Fort Worth, Arlington and the greater Tarrant County area.
“CCA and our team of early education professionals are thrilled to offer in-person Head Start and Early Head Start services again to children and their families,” commented CCA’s President and CEO, Kara Waddell. “We’re big fans of in-person learning for our youngest children because they learn by rich hands-on experiences. Play-based learning allows children the opportunity to develop speech and language skills and to hone their listening skills as well.”
CCA campuses are finalizing the additional health and safety features including portable hospital grade air filtration systems or HVAC UV light air cleaning systems, contactless health screening checkpoints at entry, and other enhanced protocols to minimize COVID-19 exposure.
“We’ll start off the year with smaller classroom sizes – no more than 8 for infants and toddlers and 10- 12 for our preschoolers – and two teachers per classroom,” added Travis Davis, CCA’s chief of early education. “CCA teachers and staff are following CDC and Tarrant County Health guidelines to better support the health and wellbeing during this COVID-19 period.”
For families who want to “reserve a spot” for their child(ren) but are not quite ready for in-person learning, CCA offers income-qualifying families’ direct access to remote teaching teams to support developmentally appropriate, home-based learning and promote family engagement. All of CCA families, including those who opt for remote instruction, will continue to receive the full services of CCA’s “whole-child whole-family” approach including weekday meals of breakfast, lunch and snacks for their children.
Families who select remote instruction may receive a mobile-powered tablet with access to home-based activities and content to shape their child’s development and support their ongoing learning. CCA’s early childhood teachers have created lesson plans supported by researched-based curricula designed to facilitate an interactive and hands on approach to learning that promotes family involvement and recognizes parents as the child’s first teacher.
About Child Care Associates
Child Care Associates is one of the largest child development nonprofits in North Texas and has served more than half a million young children in the past 52 years. Through Head Start and Early Head Start and Child Care Management Services, Child Care Associates delivers quality early education programs to children and families of disadvantaged means, offsets the high cost of child care for lower-income working families and increases the quality of child care delivered across Tarrant County. We offer an array of services to meet families’ individual needs including services for Pregnant Moms, Home Based, Early Head Start and Head Start. Visit us at https://childcareassociates.org/head-startearly-head-start/ for eligibility and enrollment information. For more information, visit CCA’s website: https://childcareassociates.org.