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.

Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes – How to do it Rightly
Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
Cleaning up after oneself is an important life skill
Make a Bed
Make a Bed
It might be a dying art, but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill.
Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
Give a kid a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile.
Mop a Floor
Mop a Floor
Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home.

Childcare Reopening Checklist Walkthrough [Webinar]

Reopening after quarantine can be overwhelming. In this webinar, we host Missy Knechel, early education adjunct professor and Director of Victory Early Learning Academy, to walk through her reopening plan....

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Reopening after quarantine can be overwhelming. In this webinar, we host Missy Knechel, early education adjunct professor and Director of Victory Early Learning Academy, to walk through her reopening plan....

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Reopening after quarantine can be overwhelming. In this webinar, we host Missy Knechel, early education adjunct professor and Director of Victory Early Learning Academy, to walk through her reopening plan. This content-focused session covers everything you need to get ready to have kids at your center again!

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Key Resources

  • Childcare Reopening Checklist
  • Parent Handbook Template (editable) based on Victory Early Learning Academy Parent Handbook
  • Parent Survey Template
  • Victory Early Learning Academy School Supplies List (Summer 2020)

Show Notes

Key Takeaways from the Q&A with Missy Knechel

Missy’s tips:

  1. Get organized – Figuring out what is a guideline and what is a requirement is a good way to prioritize your planning. Understand your non-negotiables (licensing requirements like ratios) and gather input from your teachers on things that you can make decisions on as a team!
  2. Connect with your community – Join local parent and ECE groups on Facebook to get a sense of what people are concerned about when sending their children back to childcare and how other providers are getting creative. Survey your parents too. This information will be helpfull to inform your policies and procedures when reopening.
  3. Drop-off & pick up – Missy has created a strict drop-off and pickup schedule for the families sending their kids back to childcare. Following a schedule avoids bottlenecks and helps everyone social distance safely.
  4. Classrooms as families – At Missy’s center, children wear masks only in the common areas and transitions from one space to another. When a group of children are in their classroom, they can take their masks off like they are in a “family” space. Her teacher stores the masks in a plastic accordion file to keep things organized!

Missy is a professor in the early childhood department at Eastern University and director of Victory Early Learning Academy, a childcare center that she started ten years ago. Prior to that, she taught Kindergarten and second grade for a total of 10 years. She has been married to her best friend, Jason, for 15 years, and together they have four beautiful children ages 5, 7, 9 and 11 in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.

In her spare time, Missy loves to bake, read historical fiction, sing karaoke and travel to Central America on short term missions.

Superstar comments from our audience

Helen Mead
You’re still a good teacher even if you’re scared of going back to work and choose to stay home to stay safe

Kacie Chesnick
we had weekly zoom meetings, and we also did newsletters once a week, and posted on our facebook page to stay in touch with families

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