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During the COVID-19 pandemic, asthma treatments using inhalers with spacers are preferred over nebulizer treatments whenever possible. It isn’t certain whether aerosols generated by nebulizer treatments are potentially infectious, since there have not been enough scientific studies yet.
If using an inhaler is not possible, childcare centers should have and use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff who administer nebulizer treatments. PPE that should be used when administering nebulizer treatments to students with asthma consists of gloves, medical or surgical facemasks and eye protection. During this COVID-19 pandemic, if a nebulizer treatment or use of peak flow meter is necessary at a childcare center for a student, the treatment should take place in an enclosed area away from the other children. The number of people allowed in the room during a treatment should be limited to the student and the staff member administering the treatment. After the nebulizer treatment, the room should immediately be cleaned following the routine cleaning and disinfection procedures used in your facility. CDC has information on how to clean and disinfect and how to prevent asthma attacks triggered by cleaning and disinfecting activities. Symptoms of asthma and COVID-19 may overlap, including cough and shortness of breath, so be sure to use your wellness checks to be sure the child is well enough to attend childcare each day.
Please contact your Child Care Health Consultant at Idaho STARS if you have questions or need advice.
COVID-19 Contingency Plan
We are working hard to maintain continuity for our children and families while maintaining adherence to public health advisories. We have developed a staged plan of response that is based on what we know about COVID-19.
Phase 1 What we know is that like all other viruses the most effective way to reduce spread is to actively practice proper handwashing, cough etiquette and staying home when sick.
Phase 2 Reducing exposure in large groups. This phase will be implemented immediately if there is a positive test of an individual with COVID-19 in the surrounding area.
Phase 3 – Closure. This phase will be implemented if ordered by public health officials or if there is a report of exposure by staff or child to COVID-19. Every effort will be made to give notice of this but we are limited to the timeframes in which were are informed of requirements.
The most challenging aspect of this issue is the feeling of complete lack of control. There are some things that we can all do to maintain our health and the health of others:
As always, we are committed to our staff and families and will do everything we can to ensure continuity and a safe, healthy place for your child(ren). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Responsive feeding means staff offer healthful food and trust children to eat according to their body’s cues of hunger and satisfaction. (https://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/)
Responsive eating means children act on their feelings of hunger and satisfaction. They choose how much and whether to eat food made available by adults.
Family style meal service is an evidence-based practice to support responsive feeding and eating. Children control what food and amount of food they serve themselves from common bowls and pitchers. They eat to meet hunger and satisfaction. Adults avoid pressuring children to take and eat more food, less food, or to eat a specific food.
Pre-plated meal service means food is placed on children’s plates and liquid is pre-poured. Plates and cups may be pre-filled in a kitchen, served cafeteria style by staff, or served directly to plates and cups by staff at tableside. Responsive feeding concepts can be applied to pre-plated meal service.
Guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paused family-style meal service for child care programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Guidance from the CDC about food preparation and meal service is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html
FOOD PREPARATION AND MEAL SERVICE
RESPONSIVE FEEDING PRACTICES FOR MEALTIMES WITH PRE-PLATED MEAL SERVICE
Preparation for transition to pre-plated meal service will ease the way to relaxed mealtimes where children’s hunger and nutrition needs are satisfied.
Inform families about the temporary change from family style meal service to pre-plated service. Points to communicate are:
Staff Planning and Preparation
Preparing and Supporting Children
Some children may be especially anxious about pre-plated service. Social distancing of staff and children may increase anxiety. Staff should watch for anxious children, choosing seats that allow quick up and down among distanced tables.
Outside the Mealtime
Children learn from and enjoy scooping, pouring, and sorting when they use family style service. Benefits to hand skills and cognitive skills are clear. Though children cannot serve themselves at this time, offer opportunities for these activities during non-meal activities. Equip sand and water play and dramatic play with supportive items.
Trust and Respect
Just as they do with family style meal service, staff should continue to trust and respect children’s decisions about how much or whether to drink or eat. A full cup or plate can tempt adults to pressure a child to eat more food, less food, or specific foods. In quality pre-plated meal service, staff will avoid pressuring children to overcome hunger and satisfaction cues.
Stay true to responsive feeding so children can stay true to responsive eating.
For more information, contact Janice Fletcher, EdD, Professor, Center on Disabilities and Human Development, University of Idaho. email@example.com
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While enduring the long bone-chilling nights of winter, Idahoans eagerly anticipate the arrival of the warm, blue sky days of summer. Unfortunately, the Summer of 2020 will undoubtedly be vastly different to the one longed for in winter. Due to COVID-19, summer activities will be altered from summers past. Social distancing will be the norm and large gatherings of people will continue to be discouraged. Updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local and state governments will continue to influence our daily activities. Even so, it is beneficial for adults and children to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and warmth of the summer sun. Childcare providers are encouraged to provide outdoor play opportunities for children of all ages while adhering to directives from the CDC regarding social distancing and minimizing exposure risk to infectious diseases including COVID-19.
Currently, public playgrounds remain closed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Children can play on the playground of the childcare facility; however, providers are encouraged to limit the number of children on the playground at any one time. It is important to disinfect the play equipment after each group of children. Playground safety is important. Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated in emergency departments from playground related injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are a common cause of injury. The most common injuries from falling off play equipment including swings and slides are injuries to the face, head, or arms. Children need to wear properly fitted helmets when riding bicycles, tricycles, and skateboards. Kids often crash into obstacles or lose control. Supervision is required. The AAP recommend that children under 5 not be allowed to use skateboards or two-wheeled scooters.
Heat related illnesses occur when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Infants and children up to age 4 are at greatest risk, but any age group can be affected. Just a few serious sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. Skin needs to be protected from harmful UV rays. It is best practice to have written permission from parents before using sunscreen on a child.
When transporting children, always account for every child and never leave children in a parked car. Even when it feels cool outside, the interior temperature of a car can reach dangerous levels quickly and having a window partially open does not prevent temps from rising. The temperature inside a car can increase almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. A child left in a parked car is at greatest risk for heat stroke and possibly death.
Perishable food that is left out at picnics or other outdoor activities is vulnerable to bacteria that grows quickly in the warm temperatures. Ensure that food is cooked thoroughly. Wash your hands often when preparing and handling the food and prevent cross-contamination by using separate plates for raw and cooked foods. Never leave food out for more than an hour in warm temperatures. It is advised to store the food in a well-insulated cooler packed with plenty of ice. Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, symptoms may also include fever and bloody stools.
Water-related activities are popular during the warm summer months. States are beginning to allow the reopening of swimming pools under certain guidelines. Drownings are the leading cause of injury deaths for young children ages 1 to 4. According to data from the CDC, three children die every day as a result of drowning. Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children. Drownings can occur in wading pools or standing buckets of water. Never leave open containers of water or unsecured pools available to children. The CDC website has great information on summer safety. Follow the safety protocols and have a great, safe summer!
Kathy Gates, RN (Region 6 CCHC)
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” - L. M. Montgomery
You may have completed ECE related credits without knowing it!
For example, “Intro to Sociology” and “Intro to Psychology” courses are considered ECE.
When your education is verified, we can give you credit for your accomplishment by recognizing you on the education pathway.
Why are we interested in your education?
Understanding the education level of our workforce helps IdahoSTARS advocate for more investments in educational support and incentives.
We made it simple!
Log into RISE, go to “My Documents” and choose “Diploma” or “Transcript Evaluation”, then upload your document(s).
Even better news…
All your information in RISE stays with you! It is a safe place to store a copy of your academic record and could come in handy when looking for new employment.
No ECE Education? No problem!
IdahoSTARS offers the following scholarships to eligible PDS Participants:
• CDA Assessment/Renewal Scholarships
• Single Course Scholarships
• Academic Degree Scholarships
• GED Testing Reimbursement Scholarship
• Training Scholarships/Reimbursement
*A winner will be chosen at random from the approved Diplomas and Transcripts uploaded into RISE between June 1st - June 30th
Fostering Social Emotional Competence with Julie Fodor, PhD., Director of Center on Disabilities and Human Development
Saturday, June 27 (Register by June 25)
3 FREE training hours
This training will provide evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development. The content will be based on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and the Pyramid Model approaches to providing universal supports to all children.
*You MUST pre-register to attend as there are limited spots available.
This is a live webinar training taken through your computer or a smartphone. You will need a camera and audio to be able to participate in the training. The training link and any handouts will be emailed to you the day before the training.
How to register:
1. Log in to your IdahoSTARS RISE account
2. Go to the training calendar for June and select the time you want to attend
3. Select register at the bottom of the training information page
Is your program information current in RISE? Now is the perfect time to go in and update your rates and availability and more! Parents will begin searching for child care in the coming weeks and you'll want accurate information. Update as often as your availability changes so that we can let parents know more about you! Questions? Call 211 and ask for your Resource Specialist or email your Regional Office.
To view the video, please click on this link.
“During this challenging time, we at IdahoSTARS and Idaho Association for the Education of the Young Child and Idaho Center for the Disabilities and Human Development, want to let child care professionals and early childhood educators know we are working on your behalf so that you have the resources and support you need now. Whether you’ve had to temporarily close your program or you’re still open nurturing children in ever-changing conditions, every one of us thinks about your difficult situation and how deeply your businesses and families have been impacted. We are working for you because you’re important to us, important to children, important to society. We know the job you do is essential every day, not just during the days of crisis and we’re preparing for the day you’ll be fully open welcoming families once again. We’ll be here then, too. Thank you for all you do for Idaho’s families. Idaho doesn’t work without you. You work so we can work.”
Register today for this great training! In this training, given by IdahoSTARS Laura Thomas, you will learn how to build upon your strengths as a child care professional. We will discuss ways to motivate staff and co-workers and present ourselves professionally to parents. We will also discuss how to get the most out of professional development and goal setting.