Child care specialists get crash course on home safety, security at JCJC

Child care specialists get crash course on home safety, security at JCJC

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of child care specialists gathered at Jones County Junior College Saturday for a crash course on improving indoor safety and security for children.

The Mississippi State Extension Service hosted Healthy Homes Solutions training for child care providers at JCJC's Technology Center.

Topics such as hazardous household products, mold and mildew remediation and pest management were covered.

The course helped each attendee fulfill requirements for maintaining their child care licenses.

"We hope that they leave with the knowledge of how to create a healthy indoor environment for the children that they serve, but also with the knowledge to share with the families that they serve," said Brooke Knight, MSU extension agent for Jones County.

"A lot of things that managers have already been exposed to and the staff, it sort of reinforces that information to make us more aware," said Darlene Thomas, manager of Queen Olive Headstart Center in Laurel.

"It has been a very productive session, it's helped myself and my staff enhance our knowledge of what we should be doing," said Mary Green, manager of King Star Headstart Center in Laurel.

Headstart centers and several private child care facilities participated.