For Parents


Free On-Line Mandated Reporter Training
Crib Safety Standards
 
Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak.  A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges that people have little or no immunity to and for which there may be no vaccine.  The disease spreads easily person-to-person and causes serious illness.  It can sweep across the country and around the world very quickly.  It is hard to predict when the next flu pandemic will occur or how bad it will be.

Child care and preschool programs can help protect the health of their staff and the children and families they serve.  Interruptions in child care services during an influenza (flu) pandemic may cause conflicts for working parents that could result in high absenteeism in workplaces.  Some of that absenteeism could be expected to affect personnel and workplaces that are critical to the emergency response system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer this check list to help programs prepare for the effects of a flu pandemic.  Many of these steps can also help in other types of emergencies. 

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/12/peds.2011-2284

Nutrition and Health Resources
for Parents and Providers

Article: Autistic Kids Often Fussier Eaters, but Nutrition Ok
Healthy Eating Made Easy
National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Child Nutrition
http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/home/nutrition.html 
http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/home/nutrition/beverages.html
http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/home/nutrition/meals.html
http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/home/nutrition/infantfeeding.html

Menus and Variety
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers/meal-and-snack-patterns-ideas.html
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/health-nutrition-information-preschoolers/daily-food-plan-preschoolers.html
http://www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org/home/nutrition/planning.html

Educational and Professional Development for Staff

Interactive Training Modules – Let’s Move Child Care
http://centerfornutrition.org/teach-kids-nutrition/
Healthy Kids Challenge
Let’s Move Faith and Communities

Educational Materials for Children
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/preschoolers.html
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/dig-home-parent-booklet

Physical Activity
Let’s Move Museums and Gardens

Resources in Spanish

National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care and Early Education
http://nrckids.org/default/index.cfm/parentsguardians/

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