About This Book
Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide is a tool to encourage common under-
standing among educators, families, and health professionals about infectious diseases in group care settings for chil-
dren. This easy reference guide identifies
The role of educators, families, public health ofﬁcials, and health professionals in preventing and controlling the
spread of communicable infections
Symptoms of infections commonly found in group settings for children
How infections are spread (routes of transmission)
When to seek medical attention
Inclusion and exclusion criteria
Strategies and sample forms for communications involving directors/teachers/caregivers, parents/guardians, and
Some resources for professional development for directors/teachers/caregivers related to infectious diseases
Others who are involved with group care settings for children, such as state licensing professionals and policy makers,
will find this guide helpful when writing, updating, and implementing regulations, state policies, requirements for
quality improvement rating systems, and educating others about these issues.
The first 4 chapters of this book offer information to implement the specific guidelines found in the Signs and
Symptoms Chart in Chapter 5 and Quick Reference Sheets in Chapter 6. Chapters 7 discusses infectious disease
outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, bioterrorism, and environmental health emergencies. Chapter 8 provides many
forms and links to Web sites with materials the reader may find helpful in implementing the recommended practices.
The Glossary at the end of the book lists terms that may not be familiar or that have a special meaning in the fields
of education and health.
The information in this quick reference guide is based on the latest recommendations that address health and safety
in group care settings from the following organizations:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Public Health Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and
For a general guide on caring for young children, refer to
American Academy of Pediatrics. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Shelov SP, Altmann TR, eds. 6th
ed. New York, NY: Bantam Books; 2014
The references for the content of the quick reference guide reflect the latest guidance and recommendations,
including alignment with online updates or new editions of the following publications:
American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and
Safety in Child Care and Early Education. Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards:
Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. 3rd ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2011.
http://cfoc.nrckids.org. Accessed May 31, 2016
American Academy of Pediatrics. Red Book: 2015 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. Kimberlin DW, Brady MT,
Jackson MA, Long SS, eds. 30th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2015. http://redbook.
solutions.aap.org. Accessed May 31, 2016