COVID-19 Early Care and Education Collaborative

 

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provided funding to help establish the COVID-19 Early Care and Education (ECE) Collaborative, which compromised of experts from environmental health, health care, and ECE organizations to share best practices and respond to the needs in real time. The Collaborative organizations identified needs and gaps and, in response, developed educational materials, webinars, and trainings on priority topics including safe cleaning, disinfection, food handling, and indoor air quality. Through the Appletree program, some state health departments received funding to develop resources for ECE stakeholders. Check out these developed resources from both the Collaborative and Appletree program used to help protect children’s health from environmental health hazards.  

 

Informative image with statistics about the program.

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have developed fact sheets on the use of disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

National Center for Healthy Homes has created a guide on cleaning and disinfection.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have developed a fact sheet on indoor air quality.

Children’s Environmental Health Network has developed fact sheets on healthy indoor air quality, safer cleaning, and disinfecting in child care facilities.

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists have put together a fact sheet on cleaning and disinfection.

Use the checklist and assessment form 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. 

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Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have put together a mini webinar series on Safer Disinfectant Use.

National Center for Health Homes have put together a webinar on cleaning and disinfection.

These webinars on safer cleaning, disinfectant use, and ventilation were developed in partnership between Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units and Children’s Environmental Health Network.

The National Association of City and County Health officials have developed a webinar on COVID-19 and children’s environmental health.

National Center for Health Homes have developed videos relating to disinfection products and ventilation.

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists have put together several videos relating to cleaning and disinfection.

 

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

We have developed infographics for different tasks to help support the environmental health workforce that may not be familiar with child care facilities.

National Center for Health Homes developed an infographic for home-based child care providers on available resources.

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have put together infographics and comic strip on Safer Disinfectant Use.

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists have put together several infographics on cleaning and disinfection.

 

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These resources have been translated into multiple languages to connect with our audience where English is not their first language.

Spanish

Amharic

Chinese (simplified)

Korean

Portuguese (Brazilian)

Russian

Somali

Vietnamese

 

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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, disinfection, and ventilation.

View this resource from CDC for schools to estimate how they can reduce virus particles in classrooms.

Learn more about surface transmission of COVID-19.

Useful information on choosing a portable air cleaner.

Additional resources on green cleaning in early care and education facilities.

Resources on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in Early Care and Education facilities.

Look at this toolkit developed by ASPHN to Clean Away COVID.

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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 provided support to 16 states which 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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