Help families keep students healthy

Illness plays a significant role in early childhood absences. Help families understand when to send a child to school or keep her home and manage chronic conditions. Teachers can provide families with handouts. When illness-related absences begin to add up, you can bring it to the attention of others, such as the family outreach or health staff members.

Families often don’t understand when their child is too sick for preschool, and when they can safely send them in. These resources provide some clarity.

Make information readily available on asthma care at home and at school, and on oral health, two common issues that affect attendance 

If your program has access to a school nurse, make sure preschool students visit regularly. If there’s no nurse, arrange for medical and dental providers to come to the program for occasional check-ups.