Regina Coeli Child Development Center is a
non-profit corporation, which operates Head
Start and Early Head Start programs in
southeast Louisiana.

Our program provides high-quality,
comprehensive early childhood services to
over 1,800 children and employs over 450
people in a five-parish area.

Regina Coeli's mission is to provide the
highest quality of service to children and
families through a community team effort
based on the question:

"Is it good for children?"
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RCCDC in the News

8/20 HS faces deep cuts
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3/15 The Daily News: Feeling the pinch
 WDSU: Sequestration to impact
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Grantee Office 8:30am

Thanksgiving Holiday
       All Centers and Grantee
Office will be closed.
Did you know?
Head Start must
generate 20% of its
budget from
volunteer time and
monetary donations.

Become a volunteer!

RCCDC is currently looking to fill
several new positions for the
2014-2015 Program Year

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As temperatures across the country continue to rise to above-average highs, it is
more important than ever to understand the health effects for children. Infants
and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat. They
rely on parents and caregivers to keep them safe.

When left in a hot vehicle, a young child's body temperature may increase three to
five times as quickly as an adult. On average, every 10 days a child dies from
heatstroke in a vehicle. These deaths are preventable, and everyone in the
community – especially Head Start and child care providers – has a role to play in
protecting our children.

Here are a few simple things you can do to keep kids safe this summer:
• Get in touch with designated family members if a child who is regularly in your
care does not arrive as expected.
• Make it part of your everyday routine to account for all children in your care. Set
up backup systems to check and double check that no child is left in the vehicle.
• Look before you lock! Always make a habit of looking in the vehicle – front and
back – before locking the door and walking away.
• Create reminders to ensure no child is accidentally left behind in the vehicle. Place
an item that is needed at your final destination in the back of the vehicle next to
the child, or place a stuffed animal in the driver's view to indicate a child is in the
car seat.
• Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are partially open
or the engine is running with the air conditioning on. Vehicles heat up quickly. If
the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside can reach deadly
levels in only 10 minutes, even with a window rolled down two inches.
• Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you see a child alone in a
hot vehicle. If he or she is in distress due to heat, get them out as soon as
possible and cool down the child rapidly.
• Take Ray Ray’s pledge for providers and parents to commit to working together
to keep children safe.

Spread the word with Look Before You Lock promotional materials, including
posters, public service announcements, and info-graphics. For more information
about the Look Before You Lock campaign, visit:
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