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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Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
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Washing Dishes
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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.

Transitioning back into care: Setting staff expectations

Setting expectations with staff as you return from 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 […]

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Setting expectations with staff as you return from 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 […]

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Setting expectations with staff as you return from 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 returning to care over the next several months, and it may take some time and some thoughtfulness to help ensure a smooth transition back.

Communication is your most important tool in creating a smooth transition for everyone involved in your program. Much like with parents, plan to be very explicit in your communication with your staff and any new expectations you may have. Consider the changes you are planning to implement in your program and how they may apply to your teachers:

  • Frequent and-washing / sanitizing upon arrival and throughout the day
  • Careful sanitizing of common surfaces and any toys/materials that have gone into a child’s mouth
  • Shoe covers or shoe-free zone
  • Daily illness checks of themselves
  • Excluding for any signs of illness, even mild
  • Enhanced communication with families
  • Warmly welcoming children back to care
  • Working together to ensure the best, safest environments for children, families and teachers possible
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Pro Tip! Put a brief summary of each of the above expectations into writing, and review with your staff members in person prior to their first day back. You can have them sign that they understand and agree to follow each item as set forth by you.  

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.

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