Explore these resources to find information and tools that staff can use to reduce the risk of infection for children, families, and staff in Head Start programs.
Use these resources to learn about common diseases, such as the flu, colds, and COVID-19. Discover infection control strategies that can prevent the spread of disease in early childhood settings. Also learn about what to do if a child in your program is sick.
Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children in the United States. This resource can help you provide families with facts about asthma, including triggers and how to support children with asthma.
Influenza, or “the flu," is a contagious disease that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs. Learn more about the symptoms, how Head Start programs can address influenza, and proper hand-washing techniques.
RSV is a viral infection of the respiratory tract that can cause severe illness. Almost all children will get RSV at least once by the time they are 2. This resource will help staff learn more about RSV.
This video shares infection control strategies for creating a healthy environment for children and staff. It also includes an overview of the iPD course, Preventing Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood Programs.
Learn about strategies to reduce the spread of infectious diseases in Head Start and child care programs.
This video provides information about how to reduce the risk of infectious diseases through protection against blood-borne pathogens.
Learn how vaccines can protect young children from 14 dangerous diseases. Get tips on talking with parents about infant vaccines.
Check out the infographic below to learn why the best way to protect against mumps is to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Doctors recommend that all children get the MMR vaccine to be protected from these three potentially serious diseases.
Learn the facts about Shigella, how to prevent it and what to do if someone in your program has it.