CONTACT: Susan Sweitzer, AAFA Maryland-Greater Washington, DC, (410) 484-2054
NCAC has partnered with the to bring this course to the greater Washington, DC area. This three-hour interactive program from the Maryland-Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, available in English and Spanish, gives child care providers tools and information to care for children with asthma and allergies in a safe and healthy environment and reflects the most current standards for managing asthma. AAFA Maryland-Greater Washington, D.C. developed this program and trained NCACís instructors.
During the interactive course, a trained instructor assists participants to:
Recognize the signs and symptoms of an asthma or allergy episode,
Institute environmental control measures to prevent these episodes, and
Be familiar with the appropriate use of medications and the tools for asthma management, such as inhalers and peak flow meters.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
List warning signs of an asthma episode
Identify sources of allergens and environmental irritants in the child care setting
List at least one change they can make in their childcare environment for each major trigger
Explain the use of quick-relief and long-term controller medications
Use an asthma/allergy action plan
List emergency procedures for an asthma episode and anaphylaxis
In addition to receiving a certificate of attendance and educational credits where appropriate, each participant will receive a folder containing:
A copy of the program's slide presentation for note taking
An environmental checklist
A reproducible Child Care Asthma/Allergy Action Card
A reproducible Asthma/Allergy Action form
A vocabulary list of frequently used asthma and allergy terms
Numerous reproducible asthma and allergy information sheets
Resource materials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Who Should Attend
Child care centers, family or home child care settings, Head Start programs, preschools, nursery schools, or any other professional who educates and cares for young children with asthma and allergies.