Category: Preparedness

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Did you know that May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this lung disease affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including one in twelve children.  It causes three in five people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss… Read more »

Resources for National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from serious vaccine-preventable disease like whooping cough, measles, and influenza. Immunization is a process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available… Read more »

CCAoA and NAFCC Launch Emergency Preparedness Listserv

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) have launched a new emergency preparedness listserv for child care providers and operators, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) staff, emergency preparedness experts, and other interested individuals. The listserv will provide a forum for child care professionals from across the nation… Read more »

CCAoA Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. Fortunately, there are 55 poison control centers in the United States that provide free expert information and treatment advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specially trained nurses, pharmacists, and physicians staff poison control centers and provide multilingual translation services… Read more »

Severe Winter Weather Threatens D.C., Baltimore

Emergency preparedness staff at Child Care Aware® of America are keeping a close eye on the weather. Based on the latest forecast models, the potential for a severe winter storm, starting this Friday, is very likely. Child Care Aware® of America staff have been in contact with our emergency management colleagues in Virginia, Maryland and… Read more »

Examining the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

The city of Flint, Michigan is home to nearly 100,000 residents. Throughout the past several months, these residents have been living a nightmare scenario: the water flowing out of their taps is not safe to drink. Problems began back in April 2014, when the city decided to switch their water supply from Detroit to Lake… Read more »

Developmental Monitoring and Screening Supports Healthy Child Development

All children are develop and learn at a different rate, but some children may need more play, practice or teaching of certain skills in order to master them. Developmental monitoring and screening can provide parents, caregivers and physicians reassurance that a child’s development is on track, or might signal that a child may need additional… Read more »

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to tobacco. Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium. It is estimated that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon… Read more »

Coping in the Wake of Mass Shootings and Violent Events

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, though I wish it could be under more pleasant circumstances. My name is Andy Roszak and I began working for Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) this week as the new Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness. I’m excited to have been selected for this new position… Read more »

Keeping Children Safe on Child Health Day and Every Day

Child Health Day is October 30, and while we care about child health, nutrition, and obesity prevention every day of the year, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the specific issues of lead poisoning and fire safety. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31! To celebrate, let’s learn how to keep the… Read more »

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