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ERIC Number: EJ992266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Food Allergy Concerns in Primary Classrooms: Keeping Children Safe
Thelen, Peggy; Cameron, Elizabeth Ann
Young Children, v67 n4 p106-110, 112 Sep 2012
Food-allergy awareness and management have only lately come to the forefront in early childhood settings, although advocacy organizations have been working on the issue for more than a decade. A national poll (C.S. Mott Children's Hospital 2009) asked parents with children in early education settings if they were aware of what their program does to protect children with food allergies. The poll results indicate that more than three-quarters of these parents knew of one or more preventive actions offered in those settings. Schools have a legal and ethical responsibility to be prepared for children with food allergies, so organization and implementation of allergy policies and procedures should receive the importance and time they deserve. This article reviews administrative policies and procedures, child development concerns, and classroom realities related to food allergies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A