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ERIC Number: ED540170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Integrated Pest Management: A Curriculum for Early Care and Education Programs
California Childcare Health Program
This "Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs" presents practical information about using integrated pest management (IPM) to prevent and manage pest problems in early care and education programs. This curriculum will help people in early care and education programs learn how to keep pests out of early care and education (ECE) facilities and reduce the use of pesticides by adopting integrated pest management (IPM). The curriculum will explain what IPM is and how to start an IPM program in one's ECE facility. The Healthy schools act, a California law that was extended to child care centers in 2007, encourages ECE centers to use IPM and requires all California child care centers to keep records and notify parents if certain pesticides are used. When there are pests in an ECE facility, many people try to get rid of them as quickly as possible by using pesticides; for instance, spraying pesticides in the building and outdoor areas to get rid of ants. However, pesticides may cause harm to children, staff and the environment. the harm caused by pesticides may be worse than the harm caused by the pests. More than one billion pounds of pesticides are used every year in the U.S. In California almost half are used in urban and residential areas, and pesticide residues can be found where people work, live and go to school. Some of the health effects caused by pesticides may include: (1) Immediate illness, such as poisoning, asthma and flu-like symptoms; and (2) Long-term developmental and health problems in children, and health problems in ECE staff. This curriculum will help early care staff create a healthy and safe ECE environment and provide information on: (1) The California Healthy Schools Act; (2) Why children are at higher risk for pesticide exposure and poisoning; and (3) How to use IPM to: (a) keep pests out; (b) manage pest problems; (c) use least-harmful practices; and (d) eliminate use of the most toxic pesticides. Appended are: (1) Forms; and (2) List of Toolkit's Complementary Materials. A glossary is included. (Contains 4 footnotes and 27 resources.) [This curriculum was co-developed by UC Berkeley's Center for Children's Environmental Health Research, UC Statewide IPM Program, and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Funding for this project has been provided in full or in part through a grant awarded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Contributors include Vickie Leonard, Asa Bradman, Mary Louise Flint, Nita Davidson, Mark Robertson, Abbey Alkon, Devina Kuo, Evie Kalmar, Casey Palmer, and Anna Schwarzbach.]
California Childcare Health Program. 1950 Addison Street Suite 107, Berkeley, CA 94704. Tel: 510-204-0938; Fax: 510 204-0931; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Childcare Health Program
Identifiers - Location: California