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Child Care Health & Disease Prevention
Children’s health and well being is most important to healthy growth and development. Snohomish Health District staff provides consultations and classes on a variety of disease prevention topics to those working in early learning environments. These services are intended to help child care providers and preschool teachers strive for best practices in licensed out-of-home care. Consultations occur in the home, center, preschool, school age site, by e-mail, and phone. Classes meet STARs requirements in the categories of Health/Nutrition and Administration.
Disease Prevention Assistance
Diseases can spread easily and quickly in child care environments. Children are more susceptible to certain illnesses as their immune systems are still developing. Childhood behaviors in group settings may lead to increased exposure and transmission. Child cares are required to report certain diseases to the local health department. Through the Communicable Disease Outreach program a public health nurse and an environmental health specialist are available to assist child care providers in the challenge of preventing illness and maintaining sanitary environments. Consultations are available on-site at the child care or by phone or email.
Topics which may be covered include:
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Exclusion guidelines
  • Handling illness outbreaks
  • Handwashing
  • Health policies
  • Illness prevention practices
  • Medication management
  • Parent notification of illness
  • Preventing diseases from animals
  • Reportable disease prevention and control
  • Safe food preparation
Classes and Trainings
Snohomish Health District presents a variety of health related STARS approved classes. Each class offered uses curriculum that is highly researched, current, and accurate. Many classes are offered in Distance Learning (DL) format. The Communicable Disease Outreach program has several distance learning classes available at no cost. See our flier for registration information.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Brochures for Child Care providers
List of Brochures and Other Publications related to nutrition and physical activity.
Disease Prevention Brochures
List of Brochures and Other Publications related to preventing diseases.
Templates, Logs and Forms
Commonly used templates, logs, forms, and model policies for use by child care facilities.
Common Childhood Illnesses in Child Care Settings – Parent Letters and Fact Sheets
List of parent letters and fact sheets for illnesses common in child care settings. For more information on which illnesses must be reported to Snohomish Health District, click here. For fact sheets on reportable illnesses, click here. For fact sheets and parent letters on common childhood illnesses found in child care settings, click on the “Read More” button below.
Contact Info
Communicable Disease Phone Line: 425.339.5278
Public Health Nurse: 425.339.5228 (habla español)
Environmental Health Specialist: 425.339.8712
To make a report of a communicable disease, call 425.339.5278
List of Resources
  1. Caring for Our Children, Third Edition  web
    Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs is a joint publication of the American Academy Of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  web
    Source for credible, current health information.
  3. Child Care Resource and Referral  web
    Volunteers of America Western Washington Child Care Resource and Referral: Offers comprehensive services for child care providers including consultations, STARS training, a resource center, and lending library. Provides referrals to parents seeking child care. 425.259.2973
  4. Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual - 2008 Edition  web
    This manual from Hennepin County, Minnesota, provides information about specific infectious disease problems encountered in the child care setting or in schools. It is designed to provide specific disease prevention and control guidelines which are consistent with the national standards put forth by the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  5. Latest Recalls and Product Safety News  web
    To get the most current information about recalled items contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, via their hotline at 1.800.638.2772 or by visiting their website.
  6. Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Information  web
    Up to date flu information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health & Human Services, and other agencies.
  7. US Food and Drug Administration  web
    Information on food product recalls.
  8. WA DOH - Child Profile  web
    Child Profile is Washington State's Health Promotion and Immunization Registry system providing important health and safety information for parents and caregivers.
  9. Washington State Department of Health Immunization Forms  web
    Source for CIS forms and immunization schedules.

Last Reviewed and updated 12/19/2011