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“Our City Cares” funding is allocated by City Council to assist San Antonio residents with short term child care during an emergency or extenuating circumstance.
Applicant must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for services and:
- Be at risk of losing permanent housing (eviction) due to loss of work, household income or medical emergency. Applicant must provide supporting documentation.
- Be a victim of domestic violence with supporting documentation such as restraining order or police report.
- Suddenly become a guardian of a child or children due to the death, abandonment, and/or incarceration of parents. Applicant must provide supporting documentation.
- Have extenuating circumstances, which have a negative impact on or disrupt an individual’s ability to obtain or maintain stable childcare services, such as, but not limited to: residential fire, domestic violence, natural disaster, emergency medical treatment and/or hospitalization. Applicant must provide supporting documentation.
Applicant must also provide proof of residency within a city council district to be eligible.
For more information regarding Our City Cares Child Care please call 210-230-6343.
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Emergency Child Care — Quality Care for Children
Quality Care for Children’s Emergency Child Care (ECC) program assists families who are experiencing crisis situations by providing access to resources for quality child care. Since 1987, ECC has helped families in crisis achieve self-sufficiency by assisting them in meeting their child care needs; including paying for child care and helping families develop long-term child care plans. Family crisis situations include violence, divorce, starting a new job, or facing a large unexpected expense. Such uncertainty and instability make it difficult for parents to provide continuity and consistency of child care for their children. And lack of child care exacerbates their challenges in addressing their crises, including finding and maintaining employment.
Eligibility criteria (such as eligible counties/zip codes/cities, qualifying emergency, duration/amount of assistance, etc. ) will vary.
General eligibility criteria:
Children cannot be receiving CAPS.
Parent must have a qualifying emergency situation (recent job loss, starting new job, homelessness, domestic violence, recent illness/hospitalization, unexpected expense, etc.).
Child care provider must be Quality Rated or in the process of becoming Quality Rated.
Household Income must be at or below 85% of the State Median Income.
*Please note that ECC Assistance is available one time per calendar year (based on the last date services were received).
Click here to apply. When available, ECC assistance is very limited and eligibility may vary by county, city, zip code or other factors. Applying for ECC assistance does not guarantee you will be approved. Once you apply, you will be placed on our waiting list. Should funding become available, we will contact families on our waiting list based on priority of need.
QCC works with parents to understand their child care needs, locates appropriate child care and/or school-age care programs, and negotiates fees with the provider. QCC facilitates the relationship between the provider and parent, monitors the placement of the child to guarantee that services are being provided, connects families to additional resources, and issues checks to the provider. QCC also assists families in developing long-term child care plans so that they can meet their child care needs when the financial assistance ends.
Thanks to several partnerships and private funding, QCC is able to support a limited number of families for specific communities in Georgia through its ECC program. Funding is provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Department of Community Development CSP Program.
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First aid for childhood injuries
All mothers know for sure: something always happens to children! Either they fall into a puddle, or they stick their fingers into the socket. In order to be prepared for any emergency situations, we will describe all the necessary actions for the parent before the arrival of the ambulance team. After all, the main thing in this matter is not to harm, but to help.
Sun or heat stroke
The situation arises when the child is under the open sun for a long time without a hat. Due to a rush of blood to the brain, the following symptoms appear:
- shallow breathing;
- loss of consciousness.
In order to provide first aid, it is necessary to transfer the victim to the shade, open or remove clothes from him and lay him down in such a way that the head is higher than the body. The face, neck and chest of the child should be wiped with cold water. Also, for cooling, you need to put a cold wet towel on your forehead. Bring down the temperature with children’s antipyretics. Give as much to drink as possible.
Damage to tissues under the influence of cold can occur not only in severe frosts, but even at a temperature of 0 – +3 degrees. This situation often occurs if the child walked in wet clothes or in strong winds.
To provide first aid, it is necessary to maintain minus temperature on the surface of the damaged skin area. To do this, a heat-insulating bandage is applied, which includes 4 layers: bandage + cotton wool + oilcloth (or plastic bag) + scarf. The child must be given a warm drink, covered with a blanket on top.
Attention! In no case should you rub the skin in the place of frostbite with snow or mittens. This will damage the skin and may result in infection. Also, you can not warm the frostbitten area with warm (and even more hot!) Water – serious consequences can occur.
According to statistics, burns are considered the most common injuries in childhood. In the event of a burn, it is necessary to irrigate the affected area with cold water. These manipulations continue for 10-15 minutes. You should never treat a burn with iodine, potassium permanganate, oil. No “pissing” on damaged skin, no applying potatoes and other unthinkable methods! With an extensive burn, every second is important – we wrap the child in a clean, freshly ironed sheet, give him warm tea and take him to the clinic as soon as possible.
When receiving an electrical injury, the child must be immediately removed from the source of electricity. However, it should be understood that at this moment the victim himself becomes a current conductor, and he can only be touched with rubber gloves or standing on a rubber surface. Also, electrical wires can be thrown away from the child with a dry branch.
In case of respiratory arrest, a cardiac massage should be performed. To do this, press your hands on your chest 30 times, then exhale air into your mouth 2 times. Actions should be repeated until the ambulance arrives.
Even if a child who has received an electric shock does not complain about his health, he must be shown to a doctor in any case. The negative impact of current on the body may not appear immediately.
Bruises are called damage to body tissues without violating the integrity of the skin. The main symptom of a bruise is a bruise or hematoma. After an injury, the child feels pain, swelling may occur.
The main action of parents with bruises is to apply cold to the damaged area. Any frozen product from the freezer, pre-wrapped in a handkerchief or thin towel, will do. After 2-3 days, a warm heating pad is applied to the site of injury. In case of a bruise in the joint area, it is necessary to immobilize it.
Attention! With a strong blow, it is imperative to show the child to the doctor to exclude serious dislocations and fractures.
Ligament strain or tear
In most cases, when sprained or torn, the ankle joint suffers. After the child twisted his foot, he feels a sharp pain. At this time, swelling appears on the outer surface of the joint.
In case of sprain and rupture of the ligaments, it is necessary to apply cold to the damaged joint and fix it with an eight-shaped bandage. In order for the twisted leg not to cause a bone crack, it is recommended to show the child to the doctor.
This is one of the most dangerous injuries, requiring not only knowledge about immediate care, but also about subsequent rehabilitation. Open fractures are considered the most dangerous, since there is a high risk of infection through damaged tissues.
In the case of an open fracture, the first action of the parent is to stop the bleeding with a sterile bandage (we will discuss bleeding in more detail below). If the ends of the bones and fragments were found, in no case try to immerse them deep into the wound. Broken limbs must be immobilized with a splint made from improvised materials. These can be boards, sticks, pieces of cardboard, etc. In case of a broken arm, you can bandage it to the body. The broken leg can be gently bandaged to the uninjured leg. It is necessary to move the victim very carefully, without exposing additional injury.
If the spine is fractured, the child must be moved in a prone position. Sitting position is not allowed. Transportation takes place on a shield or a stretcher with a solid frame. If a fracture of the pelvic bones is suspected, the victim should be placed on a stretcher, placing a roller under his bent knees.
Any, even the smallest, wounds are open gates for infection. Often, infection occurs as a result of improper care.
If a wound occurs, clean the damaged skin from dirt (we make movements from the edges of the wound to its outer part), cover with a sterile bandage. When providing assistance, do not examine the wound with your fingers, do not wash it with any liquids. When treating with brilliant green or iodine, make sure that the product does not get on the wound itself, only on its edges.
If the applied bandage is saturated with blood, do not try to remove it, it is better to apply another additional layer of bandage on top.
The tactics of stopping bleeding depends on its type. So, with venous or capillary bleeding, the injured limb of the child should be raised and a pressure bandage applied to the wound. With arterial – a tourniquet will be required.
In order to properly apply the tourniquet, it should be fixed on a soft lining (any fabric will do). When applying, it is necessary to monitor the bleeding: as soon as it has stopped, the tourniquet pressure must be left at this level. You don’t need to!
It is necessary to record the time of applying the tourniquet and ensure that the duration of pulling in summer does not exceed 40 minutes, in winter – 20. To control the situation, do not cover the tourniquet with clothing.
Traumatic brain injury
The main task of parents when a child receives a skull injury is to create complete rest.