(1) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose,
the department shall establish a child care consultation program linking child care
providers with evidence-based, trauma-informed, and best practice resources regarding
caring for infants and young children who present behavioral concerns or symptoms
of trauma. The department may contract with an entity with expertise in child development and
early learning programs in order to operate the child care consultation program.
(2) In establishing and operating the program, the department or contracted entity
shall: (a) Assist child care providers in recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma
in children; (b) provide support and guidance to child care staff; (c) consult and
coordinate with parents, other caregivers, and experts or practitioners involved with
the care and well-being of the young children; and (d) provide referrals for children
who need additional services.
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