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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Mop a Floor
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Classroom Safety Tips When Reopening [Webinar]

In this webinar, we talk about how to strike a balance between providing a safe and engaging environment for children to come back to when reopening. Our special guests, Amanda...

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In this webinar, we talk about how to strike a balance between providing a safe and engaging environment for children to come back to when reopening. Our special guests, Amanda...

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In this webinar, we talk about how to strike a balance between providing a safe and engaging environment for children to come back to when reopening. Our special guests, Amanda Shroyer and Corrine Manning, share their experience and things they’ve learned from the process.

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Key Resources

Useeful links:

  • Safe & Unsafe Toys During COVID-19
  • Guide For A Contactless Center
  • Lakeview Montessori COVID-19 Parent Handbook

Show Notes

Key Takeaways from Amanda Shroyer (Life’s Little Treasures, IN)

  • A positive attitude is key to helping children adapt to all the new procedures at the center.
  • You’re the expert of your classroom – ECEs know their rooms and kids best and that’s key to supporting
  • Get creative and make the process fun! Being silly with the kids helps them get into the new routines.

Key Takeaways from Corrine Manning (Lakeview Montessori, ON)

  • Preparation is key – Keeping the lines of communication open with parents and staff helped tremendously with a smooth reopening process.
  • Balancing the Montessori method & safety requirements meant that they had to adjust the materials available to children while keeping the method the same.
  • Allowing teachers to make their own decisions regarding wearing masks while teaching works with each person’s comfort level and limits unnecessary anxiety in the environment.

Shoutouts from the audience

Debra Nelli
Common sense, Lysol and bleach water will get us all through this!

Sherri Scott
We have creted alot of calming sensory bottles and baggies. We moved furniture to create pocket play areas instead of the open concept we use to have.

Kalynn Hubbard
We are breaking up our outdoor space into 3 sections so each group has their own outdoor space. Each space will have a sensory table, tables, and equipment to play on. They will get to spend a week in each section.

Stella Ehi-Egege
We started with very small class size in a staggered scheduel, some in the morning and itehrs in the afternoon. Prior to re-opening, we created videos for families and did classroom tours on the video so families are aware of what to expect. It was pretty smooth on our first day. 

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