Family and School Resource – Infection Prevention


Be Aware and Prepare

Good hygiene, proper sanitation, and consistently following standard precautions in Head Start and Early Head Start reduce health risks to children and adults by limiting the spread of infectious germs. During an outbreak of any infection, these procedures are especially important.

The enterovirus is a common, and sometimes severe, respiratory illness that can affect both children and adults. Health managers and program staff should refer to the newEnterovirus page on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center for information about:

  • Who is at risk
  • How the enterovirus spreads
  • Prevention strategies
  • Treatment

Use the following standards from Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition to further prepare for and prevent illness in the classroom and at home:

Share the tips and strategies with families to help prevent the spread of the enterovirus and other contagious illnesses.

Additional Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following resources on reducing the spread of germs that can cause illness:

Questions? provides more information on the enterovirus:


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