COVID-19 Early Care and Education Collaborative



The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has provided funding for NEHA, Children's Environmental Health NetworkAssociation of State and Territorial Health OfficialsNational Association of County and City Health Officials, and National Center for Healthy Housing to form a COVID-19 Early Care and Education (ECE) Collaborative. This collaborative develops resources and materials to address COVID-19 mitigation in ECE facilities, including resources for both ECE providers and the environmental health workforce. 


Children's Environmental Health Network has developed fact sheets to synthesize best practice information about cleaning, disinfecting, and indoor air quality for ECE facilities in the context of COVID-19

Safer Cleaning and Disinfecting in Child Care Facilities: COVID-19 (Part I - General Guidance)

Safer Disinfection in Child Care Facilities: COVID-19 (Part 2)

COVID-19: Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Child Care Facilities

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Children’s Environmental Health Network has created a social media toolkit with messages on cleaning, disinfection, and indoor air quality.

COVID-19 Social Media Marketing Toolkit

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  • Read the press release for more information about the collaborative.
  • View updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning and disinfection:

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

  • Learn more about surface transmission of COVID-19:

Science Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Surface (Fomite) Transmission for Indoor Community Environments 

  • Use the checklist and assessment form developed by NEHA below to assess COVID-19 practices in ECE facilities, including ventilation practices, cleaning, and more. Documents are available in Word to allow editing and formatting to fit your needs.

ECE COVID-19 Checklist (DOCX)
ECE COVID-19 Assessment Form (DOCX)

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)’s cooperative agreement program titled ATSDR’s Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE) gives states resources and guidance to assess and respond to site-specific issues involving exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. The COVID-19 ECE Collaborative is providing support to 16 states that have received supplemental funding under this program to assist in COVID-19 response efforts in ECE facilities and schools. Learn more about the resources produced by states through this program below.

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