Child care provider conference set in Caldwell on Aug. 18

A ttention child care providers, if you are needing clock hours for your career, an area Child Care Provider Conference will be conducted on Aug. 18 in Caldwell. The cost is $50 for late registration. The registration fee covers the workshop, refreshments, lunch and handouts.

This conference is geared for child care providers, center directors, assistant directors, home care providers, students and parents. This quality conference will feature workshops addressing: child growth and development; guidance and discipline; teacher-child interaction; care of children with special needs.

Also, child health; safety and risk management; minimum standards and how they apply to the caregiver; recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome; preventing sudden infant death syndrome; cultural diversity for children and families; planning developmentally appropriate learning activities.

For registration information, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 254-697- 7045, 100 E. 1st Street, Cameron, TX 76520 or email You can register for the conference by submitting your check payable to “Lee Lab” for $40 per person. If a center is doing a group registration, we need the names of each person that will be attending.

Make plans now to complete your needed clock hours at the training in Caldwell.

WHAT’S A TOMATO— Tomatoes may be in most gardens and in countless recipes today, but in it’s early history, tomatoes were called “love apples.” Explorers in the 1500’s discovered tomatoes growing in South America and Central America. Seeds were taken back to Europe and planted. Tomatoes were grown for ornamental value in the early days because they were considered poisonous.

It is a good thing that we consider them as a food source now because they are packed with nutritional value. Vitamins C and A along with potassium and fiber are major contributors to our diet. The tomato also provides a source of lycopene which research suggests plays a role in fighting cancer. A nother great contribution of tomatoes is the low calorie content. A cup of chopped raw tomatoes has about 24 calories.

Tomatoes also have a special place in Milam County and Texas 4-H History. Tomato Clubs (the start of Girls 4-H) in Texas started in Milam County. In 1912, Mrs. Edna Trigg started Tomato Clubs throughout the county. Girls learned to grow, harvest and preserve tomatoes and other vegetables.

In celebration of the 100 Years of 4-H History, Milam County is collecting recipes containing tomatoes. A recipe booklet will be prepared and be available during the National 4-H Celebration of Tomato Clubs in Texas on October 9th in Cameron. Send your recipes labeled with your name to the Milam County Extension Office at 100 E. 1st Street, Cameron, Texas 76520 or email with the subject line “tomato recipe.”

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