According the census data, over 32 million children participated regularly in child care in 2011. Of those 12.5% were preschoolers. Almost 90% of preschool children with employed moms are in a child care setting, spending on average 36 hours a week in child care. Even preschool aged children of non-employed mothers spend approximately 21 hours per week in a child care setting (US Census, 2013). Given the amount of time young children spend away from home in a child care environment, it is essential that these care facilities not only provide a safe environment for children to grow, learn, and play, but also a healthy environment. It is also vital the caregivers understand the connection between health and the child care environment in order to provide the healthiest environment for children in their care. This session builds on the “Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Child Care” webinar held on March 28, 2016. This webinar and provides additional information on environmental concerns in child care settings. The goal of this webinar is to help child care professionals understand how to avoid environmental hazards and keep children healthy in the child care setting.
In this session, you will learn about:
- Principles of a healthy environment
- Indoor environmental hazards for children, specifically focusing on radon, carbon monoxide, and potential energy efficiency concerns
- Action steps to reduce these environmental hazards and keep children healthy in child care
- Dr. Sarah Kirby, North Carolina State University
- Dr. Pamela Turner, University of Georgia
- Dr. Diane Bales, University of Georgia
This 60-minute webinar is intended for professionals who work with or care for young children, as well as professionals who support families with young children.
This is an introductory-level webinar. It is intended for professionals are just learning about healthy environments in child care, or who are looking for a review of basic concepts.