Care For Their Air
Region IV Asthma Resource Toolkit for Head Start and Child Care Learning Settings
In January 2007, in an effort to reduce asthma impacts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entered into
a formal partnership to conduct outreach and deliver information to reduce health risks related to secondhand smoke and other environmental asthma triggers on
young children and their families.
Currently, the Southeast Regional offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency are working together with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning to increase awareness and facilitate access to
resources that can be integrated easily into ongoing Head Start, Early Head Start and child care program activities.
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease nationwide, impacting the lives and families of 6.3 million children. Studies have documented that pre-school
aged children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at greater risk for developing asthma. The Asthma Resource Toolkit is designed to narrow the information
gap and broaden staff understanding of how better to incorporate environmental education into program activities.
We invite you to take full advantage of this resource and hope you will find the material useful and valuable in guiding your efforts to educate families about
asthma environmental triggers and prevention practices.
Please feel free to download and use the materials.