August is National Immunization Awareness Month and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! 

Immunization is a key component of early childhood development and health. Remember – early childhood and school readiness begin with good health! It is important for early childhood education staff to make immunization a priority. Foster an environment of health with:

  • Immunization tracking
  • Staff education and adult vaccination as needed
  • Parent education

Early childhood education (ECE) programs are prone to disease outbreaks. 

Unvaccinated children are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others. Babies are at high risk since they are too young to be fully vaccinated. Un-and-under vaccinated people are a threat to children and adults who might not be able to receive certain vaccines because they have cancer or other health conditions. Children who are not up-to-date with vaccines recommended for their age may be excluded from child care and schools if an outbreak occurs.
Some reputable immunization websites to educate staff and parents include:

 August is National Breastfeeding Month! 

The entire month of August is recognized in the US as National Breastfeeding month. Check out the USDA's resources to educate and support all of those who care for infants. 

Learn more by taking the FREE recorded webinar from ECELS - Breastfeeding: Supporting Families in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Child Care Settings by following the instructions included here.

Reviewed and reaffirmed 8/2022