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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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Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
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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.

Transitioning back into care: How to think about drop-off and pick-up with Covid-19

This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in  approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be […]

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This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in  approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be […]

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This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures.

States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in  approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be returning to care over the next several months, and it may take some time and some thoughtfulness to help ensure a smooth transition back.

Covid-19 is forcing us to reconsider many aspects of how we function as individuals and as a society. Your program is no exception. Aspects of your drop-off/pick-up routines may need to change. Some options for you to consider:

  • Limit the number of people coming in and out of your space each day. To do this you might consider having parents drop-off curbside or at your door. If curbside, make sure you have a plan to ensure all children are under supervision at all times – you should not leave them inside alone, while you go outside to accept an arriving child, even for a short second!
  • Put extra health precautions in place for anyone entering your program. Removing shoes, washing hands right away or using hand sanitizer upon entry, and having adults wear masks are all best practices for limiting the introduction of new germs.
    • If not removing shoes, consider purchasing shoe covers to help ensure a clean environment. This is already considered a best practice, especially in programs with infants and toddlers. Staff should also wear them. Are they beautiful? No! But will they keep debris, dirt, and germs out of your program? Yes!
  • Offer staggered drop-off and pick-up times. This can limit the number of people entering your program at the same time. Work with families to determine a window that works for their schedule.
  • Plan to do a daily illness check with each family. Additional details here.
  • Expect some children may have a hard time at drop off. This is normal. Let parents know to expect this, too, and communicate with them about how to approach it with each individual child and family. Use your prior knowledge of what works well for their child, and let them guide you as to anything new that’s been happening with their child recently.

Thinking through these pieces will give parents a great deal of assurance that you’re working hard on a smooth reopening process, and the more confident parents feel, the more relaxed their children will also feel. Keep us posted on how things are going, and remember to reach out any time for the support of the Wonderschool Community.

Want to read more from this series? Click here to access additional articles on transitioning children and parents back into care.

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