Kevin Patrick Law - September 2020

Is Your Child’s Day Care Safe? 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Child Care

2. What are your hiring

For the last few months, officials around the country have debated how to reopen public schools. It’s a thorny problem that extends to day cares as well. The pandemic has completely interrupted the sector — some day cares have closed, and others are overflowing with the children of essential workers. If you’re looking for a new day care option for your child because of COVID-19, their health and safety comes first. Here are five questions to ask day cares to ensure your child stays safe from COVID-19, neglect, and other dangers. 1. What COVID-19 precautions is your facility taking? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends disinfecting regularly,

requirements, and how well- trained are your workers?

Uneducated or underqualified workers can put your kids in danger. In Georgia, a day care worker has to be 21 years old and have at least a high school diploma or GED, but additional training will make them more confident and competent on the job. checks on your staff? Background checks are required for day care workers in Georgia. If the facility you’re considering admits it doesn’t run them (or you suspect it), that’s a big red flag. ratio? The more closely your child is supervised in day care, the better! Look for a facility with a low provider/ child ratio, preferably below state requirements. These requirements vary by age, but start at 1 adult per 6 infants.

5. How do you ensure that your toys and playground equipment are safe? Defective, outdated, or hazardous playthings are unfortunately common and can cause illness or injury. When choosing a day care, always ask about the age and condition of these items! These tips should help you choose a safe day care for your kids, but if something goes wrong or you’ve had a bad experience in the past, our team can help. We specialize in getting justice for day care injuries, abuse, and neglect and are always here for you and your children.

3. Do you perform background

4. What is your provider/child

social distancing when possible, and modifying picking and drop off procedures, among other things. To see their complete day care recommendations, visit Coronavirus/2019-NCov/Community.


Easy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Who says a loaded potato has to clog your arteries? In this healthy version that serves four, a sweet potato base is topped with fiber-rich bean salsa.

Ingredients • 4 medium sweet potatoes • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed • 2 medium tomatoes, diced • 1 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tsp cumin • 1 tsp coriander • 3/4 tsp salt • 1/4 cup sour cream • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions 1. With a fork, prick each sweet potato a few times. Microwave the potatoes on high 12–15 minutes, or until cooked through. 2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, olive oil, cumin, coriander, and salt. When the potatoes are done, microwave the mixture on high for 2–3 minutes. 3. Cool potatoes slightly, then cut each potato open lengthwise. Pull the halves apart to create space to spoon the warm bean salsa inside. 4. Add a scoop of sour cream to each potato, garnish with cilantro, and serve!


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