Preventing Illness in Child Care

Child Care October 13, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Children washing hands

Because children in child care spend so much time together, it's not unusual for germs to spread. Child care providers can reduce the spread of common illnesses by using simple precautions like thorough hand washing and keeping surfaces and toys clean. Child care programs can also help prevent the spread of illnesses by requiring immunizations and by developing rules to exclude children with specific symptoms. The following articles will help child care providers, directors, and parents keep children healthy while they are in child care.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.