Infants depend on their caregivers for food, warmth, and care, and for meeting such basic needs as eating, diapering, sleeping, and bonding. But all babies are unique. Some infants may settle easily and be capable of quickly soothing themselves.
Early childhood programs keep children safe when their facilities, materials, and equipment are hazard-free and all staff use safety practices such as active supervision. Find resources to help staff and families reduce the number and severity of childhood injuries everywhere that children learn and grow. Discover tips for use at home, in cars and buses, on the playground, and in all early childhood settings.
The toddler years are a time when children are building skills in all areas. They remember what they learn and share it with others. They understand things more deeply, make choices, and engage with others in new ways. The changes in their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development help them to build new skills that prepare them for school and later learning.
Explore these tip sheets that focus on children's responses to crises and tragic events, as well as ways to help children cope.
Mold is an environmental trigger for allergy and asthma. Learn about the removal of fungal growth, remediation protocols, and the effectiveness of various cleaning strategies.
By the time they are preschool-aged, children are more independent in their play and their ability to meet their own needs. They focus on learning rules and routines to know what is safe and appropriate. Their constant dialogue with peers and caregivers helps them to form specific ideas about what is safe and why.
This tip sheet offers information on the dangers of children's exposure to secondhand smoke. Use facts in this tip sheet to learn what may happen if they expose their children to secondhand smoke.
Staff wear latex gloves to prevent contact with bodily fluids. However, allergic reactions to latex do occur. Use these tips to prevent allergic reactions to latex gloves.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued new federal crib safety regulations that will become effective Dec. 28, 2012. All cribs provided by Head Start and Early Head Start programs must meet these new standards. Programs may use this information to learn more about how to comply with these new crib safety regulations.
How can you safely solve your pest problems? Learning about the pests you have and options that are available to control specific pests is the first step.
Health managers, directors, and teaching staff may use this information on IPM to prevent pesticide illnesses in children in Head Start and other child care environments.