Regina Coeli Child Development Center is a
non-profit corporation, which operates Head
Start and Early Head Start programs in
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?"
|RCCDC in the News
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3/20 WDSU: Northshore "Stroll In"
3/15 The Daily News: Feeling the pinch
3/1 WDSU: Sequestration to impact
7/18 Sub Training
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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
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
• 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: http: