High-quality child care produces a stimulating, secure and loving atmosphere for the little one.

Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

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Best Tablets for Schools & Preschools – 2019

Want to get tablets for your school or preschool, but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve done an extensive review of tablets to come...

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Want to get tablets for your school or preschool, but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve done an extensive review of tablets to come...

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Want to get tablets for your school or preschool, but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve done an extensive review of tablets to come up with a list of the best devices for a classroom or preschool environment.

 IMPORTANT! The ideal tablet for an educator should be highly portable, have a long-lasting battery life, and have a quality camera that can truly capture those special moments for parents. An operating system that is simple for educators to navigate and an affordable price point were also taken into consideration as important factors when deciding on a tablet.

What to look for when choosing a tablet:

Basic amount of memory

With most things stored in the cloud, no need to go overboard with memory.

It is recommended that you choose a tablet with at least 1 GB of storage space when using an app like HiMama. All the information recorded through HiMama is securely saved in Amazon Web Services’ cloud storage, so there’s really no need to get a tablet with more than 16GB of storage.

Sturdy device

After all, you are around young children all day!

You’ll want to choose a tablet that is sturdy and resilient to survive any drops (as this inevitable!) or other impact. Additionally, we strongly recommended investing in a case that can protect your tablet and provide further peace of mind if a little one gets a hold of it. Think of it as an insurance policy!

Long battery life

Important if you don’t want to be recharging your tablet all the time.

The ideal tablet will have an excellent battery life- lasting at least 6 to 8 hours when using the internet. Especially when in a classroom or preschool environment, there isn’t always time to stop and charge the device mid-day; it is unfortunate when you are in the middle of something important and your battery is dying!

Solid camera

Snapping and recording special moments and observations is important.

Picture time! Photos and videos are essential when considering tablets for a learning environment. With HiMama, parents frequently tell us that they love to receive photos and videos of their child throughout the day, so it’s important that these moments are recorded with reasonable quality. First off, you will want to ensure that the tablet you choose has a rear facing camera (so not every photo is a selfie!). For high quality photos that parents will want to share with the whole family, the rear camera should be at least 4 MP.

Easy navigation

Keeping distractions to a minimum is super important for educators.

It can be intimidating shifting from paper documentation to a tablet-based app. To make this transition as smooth as possible, you’ll want an operating system (OS) that is user-friendly. The major operating systems are iOS (Apple), Android, and Amazon’s Fire OS. Many HiMama users find either iOS or Android to be the easiest to use!

HiMama Tablet Recommendations for School & Preschool Programs

Cost Conscious Tablets ($)

Acer Iconia One 10

acer iconia one 10

  • OS: Android 8.1
  • Memory: 32 GB (2 GB RAM)
  • Camera: 5MP Rear Camera
  • Battery: Up to 12 Hours
  • Screen Size: 10.1 Inches

MSRP: $154.99 USD/$269.99 CAD

Lenovo Smart Tab M10

Lenovo Smart Tab M10

  • OS: Android 8.1
  • Memory: 16 GB (2 GB RAM)
  • Camera: 5MP Rear Camera
  • Battery: Up to 8 Hours
  • Screen Size: 10.1 Inches

MSRP: $199.99 USD/$264.99 CAD

High Value Tablets ($$)

iPad – 5th Generation (2017)

iPad - 5th Generation (2017)

  • OS: iOS 10 (upgradable to 12.3.1)
  • Memory: 32 GB (2 GB RAM)
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Screen Size: 9.7 inches

MSRP: Although this model is officially discontinued it can be purchased new or refurbished through third party sellers and is a great alternative to more expensive high end tablets!

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

  • OS: Android 9
  • Memory: 32 GB (2 GB RAM)
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera
  • Battery: Up to 13 hours
  • Screen Size: 8 inches

MSRP: $229.99 USD/$299.99 CAD

Premium Tablets ($$$)

iPad – 6th Generation (2018)

iPad - 6th Generation (2018)

  • OS: iOS 11.3 (upgradable to 12.3.1)
  • Memory: 32 GB (2 GB RAM)
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Screen Size: 9.7 inches

MSRP: $329.99 USD/$429.99 CAD

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

  • OS: Android 8.1 (Android 9 update TBD)
  • Memory: 32 GB (4 GB RAM)
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera
  • Battery: Up to 12 hours
  • Screen Size: 9.7 inches

MSRP: $549.99 USD/$699.99 CAD

We’re here to help

Purchasing a tablet can seem overwhelming at first, but we want to remove the stress from this process by providing you with some great device options. We’re always up to answer any specific questions about which tablet is right for you.

If you’re thinking about using the HiMama app and you have further questions about which tablet to purchase, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or book a tour online with one of our early education specialists.

Happy Shopping!

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