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Child care professionals can be a great promoter of immunizations, including the influenza vaccine. We want to prevent flu cases in facilities across the state.

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No caregiver ever wants an accident to happen. Here are some tips to help avoid some of the most common and critical injuries that can happen in an early care and education setting.

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There are a number of things your program can do to limit the spread of head lice.

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As part of licensing and ICCP requirements, child care providers have been asked to regularly practice certain drills.

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It's great to spend time outdoors in the summer, but remember to protect against the sun's rays! Everyone is at risk for sunburn. Children especially need to be protected, since most sun damage occurs in childhood. Like other burns, sunburn will leave the skin red, warm, and painful. In severe cases, it may cause blistering, fever, chills, headache, and a general feeling of illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips to keep children safe in the sun.

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May is Mental Health Month! Infant mental health refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally from birth to age 3. Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families. It also helps guide the development of healthy social and emotional behaviors.