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.
Asthma-Friendly Childcare Project is funded in part by a grant from the Elizabeth McCormick Memorial Fund of The Chicago Community Trust.
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 of Metropolitan Chicago has developed an easy-to-use checklist in both English and Spanish.
Asthma management training for childcare facility staff
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago 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|
An online version of our Asthma Management training for caregivers is available here. Click the screen image below to get started! Part 1 covers "What is Asthma?" and Part 2 focuses on "How to Manage Asthma."
Asthma-Friendly Childcare project partners
To learn more about Asthma-Friendly Childcare,
or for information about additional trainings, contact Amy O'Rourke: