High-quality early education and child care for young children improves their health and promotes their development and learning. Pediatricians can influence families, teachers, and policy makers as partners in improving access to and quality of early childhood educational experiences. See the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement, Quality Early Education and Child Care From Birth to Kindergarten.
To increase the ability for pediatricians to improve the quality of early childhood educational experience, the AAP has created the “Pediatric Preparedness Ambassadors” training program for pediatrician members. The aim of this program is to enhance pediatrician awareness of emergency preparedness and infectious disease prevention to promote the health and safety of children enrolled in Head Start or early education and child care programs. The program will increase the visibility and use of resources provided by the AAP Council on Early Childhood, AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, Head Start Health Manager Network leaders, and AAP National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
Training for pediatricians who wish to serve as Pediatric Preparedness Ambassadors will occur via a series of webinars. After the training has occurred, the Ambassadors will be connected to other professionals who may help and support them at the community or state-level, including but not limited to AAP Council on Early Childhood Champions, AAP Disaster Preparedness Chapter Contacts, and Regional Health Specialists. Potential activities for the trained Ambassadors could include:
- Presenting on health topics at national or state child care conferences.
- Serving as a health advisor or health consultant to a child care program in their community.
- Working to improve state child care regulations/requirements through advocacy efforts.
- Partnering with Head Start/child care leaders to develop written emergency preparedness or pandemic influenza preparedness plans.
- Assisting child care programs to strengthen seasonal influenza prevention and control activities.
Pediatric Preparedness Ambassador participants will need to:
- Complete a Pediatric Preparedness Ambassador survey.
- View each of the webinars below.
- Complete each of the post webinar surveys.
- Report back on activities/efforts to the AAP on a quarterly basis for 1 year.
Webinar Training Series
Title/Focus: Child Care Health and Safety: An Overview
Date: July 18, 2017
Presenter: Danette Glassy, MD FAAP
Description: This presentation will focus on how thinking about the care of young children in child care programs might be different from the pediatric care that takes place in a doctor’s office. The presenter will explain what is known about the health of children in child care as well as describe the known resources currently available through the AAP and other sources.
An archived version of the webinar and the PowerPoint slides are available.
Title/Focus: Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care
Date: September 19, 2017
Presenter: Timothy Shope, MD, MPH, FAAP
Description: This presentation will focus on the prevention, management, and best practice policies for decreasing infectious disease transmission in child care settings. An archived version of the webinar is available.
Title/Focus: Emergency Preparedness Planning in Child Care Facilities
Date: November 17, 2017
Presenter: Andrew Hashikawa, MD, FAAP; Stuart Bradin, DO, FAAP
Description: This presentation will focus on the requirements, standards, and opportunities specific to emergency preparedness planning in child care settings. An archived version of the webinar and the PowerPoint slides are available.
The webinars will be archived on this Web page. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email DisasterReady@aap.org.
This program is supported by cooperative agreement number 5U38OT000167-04, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the US Department of Health and Human Services.