According to the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America (AAFA), “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children. Surveys indicate that nearly five million American children under age 18 have experienced asthma symptoms. Many of those children begin developing asthma in very early childhood, before they turn five years of age.”
In order to ensure that the children in your care are safe, it is important to be informed about asthma and know the warning signs to look for and how to keep your classroom or center clean and free of irritants.
Healthy and Ready to Learn, in partnership with Children’s Health Fund, has put together several resources for educators to use and share with parents. Click here to visit their website and explore the resources.
Healthy and Ready to Learn also has several educational videos, created with the support of The Primary School to help educators, caregivers, and families get a better understanding of asthma. They have videos (in English and Spanish) describing what asthma is and how to care for children with asthma to ensure that they are safe and healthy!
Check out a few of the brief introductory videos here.
Get Healthy San Mateo County has teamed up with the County Asthma Coalition and Family Health Services in a Home Weatherization Program to help low-income people with asthma at home. This initiative includes reinforcing windows to protect homes from air leaks, to reduce asthma triggers including mold and poor air quality. Find more information here under Weatherization Program.