Schools and Early Care and Education

The Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education ProgramsThe Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs (pdf)
Practical information about using integrated pest management (IPM) to prevent and manage pest problems in early care and education programs. The Toolkit includes: A curriculum booklet, Integrated Pest Management: A Curriculum for Early Care and Education Programs, which includes general information about IPM, the Healthy Schools Act, what you need to know about pests and pesticides, how to implement IPM, and appendices with sample policies, forms and letters. These materials were developed by the University of California (UC), San Francisco School of Nursing’s California Childcare Health Program, UC Berkeley’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research, UC Statewide IPM Program and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

GreenCleaningcover_squareGreen Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education
Links to downloadable presentations, posters, factsheets, and curriculum with practical information on how to keep early child care and education environments clean and safe. This site includes information on products and practices that minimize hazardous exposures and protect children and staff from infectious agents.


Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project
Many young children spend the majority of their waking hours in child care facilities. The health impacts of environmental health exposures are especially important for this age group. For these reasons, the UCSF PEHSU has started a new program, the Promoting Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project. This project will extend the work of the PEHSU’s Program Coordinator, Vickie Leonard, in greening child care environments.


Healthy Schools NetworkHealthy Schools Network

The Healthy Schools Network is a nonprofit organization that partners with the EPA and CDC to promote children’s environmental health at school. The site contains literature about toxins in schools, as well as interactive guides and resources for children.


EPA Brochure – Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial BuildingsEPA Brochure – Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency on mold prevention and remediation. The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools kit also contains helpful school-related resources on mold and indoor air quality:


A Booklet on Wildfire Preparedness from the REMS Technical Assistance Center
Guidance from the Readiness and Emergency Managements for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center on wildfire preparedness for schools.


UCSF California Childcare Health Program – Publications and ResourcesUCSF California Childcare Health Program – Publications and Resources
This UCSF affiliated community based program produces many factsheets and resources for both families and childcare providers. Of particular importance for environmental health are two training curricula for education professionals: Childcare Lead Poisoning Prevention and Integrated Pest Management.


EPA Fact Sheet-3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities
This fact sheet describes the EPA’s 3Ts toolkit which includes modules to assist facilities in developing a drinking water testing program.


Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in the Workplace- including schools

This 22 minute video was created by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).  NPIC is a collaboration between Oregon State University and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The video focuses on understanding the risks related to disinfectant use, and provides steps for how to protect yourself when applying disinfecting wipes and sprays. It is a useful tool for training new staff in child care.