Asthma-Friendly Childcare

By providing evaluation tools and training to childcare facilities, Asthma-Friendly Childcare Project strives to prevent unnecessary asthma emergencies in the daycare setting by increasing the number of asthma-friendly childcare facilities.


A childcare facility is asthma-friendly if the facility:

  • is free of tobacco smoke at all times
  • has staff that have been well-trained in asthma management
  • uses "green" cleaning products
  • takes simple steps to eliminate common asthma triggers
  • implements asthma action plans for children under its care who have asthma

Asthma-friendly checklist for childcare facilities

To evaluate a childcare facility's level of asthma friendliness, Respiratory Health Association has developed an easy-to-use checklist in both English and Spanish.

Asthma management training for childcare facility staff

Respiratory Health Association offers online and hands-on asthma management trainings for childcare facility staff.  Attendees of these trainings will:

  •   learn how to recognize asthma
  •   know what to do once asthma starts
  •   understand asthma medications
  •   know how to better administer asthma medications
  •   know what is needed to care for a child with asthma
  •   be able to recognize and eliminate asthma triggers


Asthma-Friendly Childcare Testimonial

Lutheran Social Services has had representatives from five of its centers participate in Asthma-Friendly Chidlcare and has implemented more than 115 action steps to create new policies and procedures to improve care for children with asthma, such as implementing the use of a Child Medical Information Form and using asthma-friendly cleaning products. The changes have helped caregivers feel more confident in caring for children with asthma and how to meet their needs:

"The project worked well for our sites because it gave autonomy to the centers on choosing how they wanted to implement Asthma-Friendly Childcare to make it work best for them, yet still with the same end goal: decreasing asthma episodes in our students and creating an asthma-friendly environment."  
 Elizabeth Strain, Lutheran Social Services health and nutrition coordinator


Asthma-Friendly Childcare project partners 


To learn more about Asthma-Friendly Childcare,
or for information about additional trainings, contact Amy O'Rourke:
Email Amy
(312) 628-0217