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PPE in Early Childhood Environments

Childcare COVID-19 Conversations Series: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Early Childhood Environments.

We have been listening to feedback from childcare providers across Arizona, and we are hearing that many have questions about the use of masks and PPE in the early ed setting. Join us to explore this topic!

In this webinar, participants will learn about the importance of PPE during COVID-19 from health experts and strategies to help staff and children learn how to use PPE effectively.

Child Life Specialists from Arizona Child Life Networking Group and Quality First Child Care Health Consultants will share tips to teach children to properly wear masks and offer ideas for games and activities to embed masking in everyday routines.

Resources for Childcare Providers


Helping Children Understand Emotions When Wearing Masks  (NCPMI, 2020) 

From Good Guidance to Trauma-Informed Care: Meeting All Children’s Behavioral Support Needs (NAEYC, 2020)

Four Ways to Help with Mask Wearing (Conscious Discipline, 2020)

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Germs, Germs Go Away (PBS Kids, 2020)

#CaringForEachOther (Sesame Street, 2020)

Cloth Face Coverings for Children during COVID-19 (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2020)

Developmentally Appropriate Practice Position Statement (NAEYC, 2009)

COVID-19 Guidance Document for Childcare Providers (Spanish)


AZToolkit – a subscription website packed with resources built specifically for the early ed profession. Log in to ONE site and quickly find everything you need to run your program right at your fingertips. Templates for health and safety policies, training for staff, and local and national savings on PPE and other childcare supplies.

Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings (CDC, 2020)

Coping with COVID-19 Resources (NAEYC, 2020)

Childcare COVID-19 Guidance FAQs 7/13/20 – Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) and Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) are providing some key answers and resources to frequently asked questions.

Use of Face Coverings in the School Setting (Maricopa County Public Health, 2020)

Physical Distancing and Minimizing Exposure (Maricopa County Public Health, 2020)

Coconino County – COVID-19 School and Childcare Resources

Maricopa County – COVID-19 Education, Childcare, and Youth Activities

Pima – COVID-19 Childcare, Camps, and School Resources

Yuma County  – COVID-19 Schools, Universities, and Childcare 

Check your local County website, ADHS, and CDC for additional guidance and resources.

This event was sponsored by AzAEYC thanks to funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with NAEYC and Child Care Aware of America.

We are pleased to partner with these organizations to make this event possible: AZ Child Life, Arizona Early Childhood Education Association, Child Care Resource & Referral – Arizona, First Things First, and SAZAEYC.