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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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Tips for Hiring Childcare Workers During COVID-19

With many COVID-19 policies requiring lower teacher-student ratios and increased health & safety precautions, many centers are faced with new staffing challenges in order to be able to reopen. Every...

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With many COVID-19 policies requiring lower teacher-student ratios and increased health & safety precautions, many centers are faced with new staffing challenges in order to be able to reopen. Every...

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With many COVID-19 policies requiring lower teacher-student ratios and increased health & safety precautions, many centers are faced with new staffing challenges in order to be able to reopen.

Every center’s situation and needs are unique, and so directors will need to be creative in coming with their own solutions to hiring challenges. In this guide, we have compiled tips to help you in your process of hiring during these unprecedented times.

Virtual First Interviews

While a lot remains unknown about COVID-19, one of the things that we do know is that limiting the number of people we come into contact with minimizes its chances of transmission. Instead of having all of your job applicants come into your center for an interview, host your first round of interviews online via Zoom or another video calling software of your choice. Do the same for any subsequent rounds of interviews you may conduct, until it reaches the point where you feel it is necessary to speak in person.

Follow Safety Precautions for In-Person Interviews

Try to reserve in-person interviews as a final step for candidates you are likely to make a job offer to. During the interview, follow common safety precautions, including:

  • Sit 6 feet apart.
  • Wear face masks (have extras available just in case).
  • Do not shake hands or share items.
  • Everyone uses hand sanitizer before beginning the interview.
  • Wipe down the table with a disinfectant wipe between interviews.
  • Meet outside if possible.

Assess Their COVID-19 Etiquette

Whether through direct questions or observing their behavior, gauge how seriously candidates are taking health precautions to get a sense of how likely they will be to enforce them in the classroom. For example:

  • Did they sanitize their hands before being asked to?
  • Were they wearing a mask when coming in for an in-person interview?
  • Ask them what COVID-19 precautions they would take in the classroom (before you explain your center’s protocols).
  • Pay attention to their reactions when you explain your COVID-19 protocols (are they agreeable, overwhelmed, dismissive, etc.).

Restructure Roles

Depending on the new responsibilities your staff will have, you may be able to rethink some positions so you can look for different qualifications in candidates. For example, perhaps you could have a role for someone to be in charge of bringing the children to-and-from your building’s entrance to their classroom at pick-up/drop-off times and they can help with cleaning throughout the day, in which case a degree in early childhood education wouldn’t be as important as someone with a teaching role.

Have a List of Backups

Prepare for worst-case scenarios when staff needs to stay home as a precaution when feeling sick or simply do not feel comfortable coming into work anymore. Even once you’ve reached your full staffing requirements, continue to build up a list of backups to draw from if you unexpectedly need someone else to call in.

Get Families Involved

If any of your students’ parents or guardians are currently not working, offering volunteer opportunities could be a great way for them to feel productive and give back to their community during these challenging times. Of course, you should never allow them to take on tasks that they are unqualified for, but for things like cleaning, pick-up/drop-off or administrative tasks, it doesn’t hurt to send a message asking if anyone would like to pitch in.

Offer a Referral Bonus

A great referral bonus will give your community an extra incentive to work harder to find quality candidates to apply for any open positions you have. Be sure to check out our referral bonus guide for ideas on how to create your own program and get the word out!

Consider Working With an Agency

Although working with an agency will be more expensive than doing things yourself, if you’re in a time crunch and you have the budget for it, an agency can save you a lot of time and effort by doing the heavy lifting for you. 


Have you had any luck with hiring during the pandemic? What have been your strategies? Let us know in the comments!

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