ERIC Number: ED431539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Evaluating a Hygiene Education Program for Child Care Workers.
Petri, Cynthia J.; Winnail, Scott D.; Geiger, Brian F.; Artz, Lynn M.; Mason, J. W.
Children, parents, and child caregivers are vulnerable to several infectious diseases as a result of contact with child care centers. This pilot program, implemented in a rural county in a southeastern state, was designed to enhance knowledge and skills related to improved hygiene practices in a child care setting. The target audience for the training was caregivers and parents of children attending seven centers housed within public schools and churches in a rural, predominantly African American county. Participating were 22 staff and 8 parents. The training took approximately 1 hour and consisted of 4 components: (1) a videotape, "The ABCs of Clean," and discussion of hygiene practices; (2) a handout on preventing contact infections through hand washing, personal hygiene, and sanitizing eating utensils and surfaces; (3) presentation and discussion of the "Hooray for Hand Washing Teachers' Packet," including several educational materials; and (4) demonstration and practice teaching of handwashing. Evaluation data were obtained through a mail questionnaire and a follow-up survey. The findings indicated that participants responded positively to the training, with 92 percent saying that they would teach hand washing to their children. The follow-up survey revealed that the instructional resources were useful in daily lessons, participants were practicing proper hand washing with their children more often, and half of the participants had sent at least two of the flyers home to parents. Participants reported that children were washing their hands noticeably more often, at appropriate times, and for a longer length of time at each washing. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, DC.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
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