May 22, 2024

Toolkit Aims to Educate Early Care Education Providers on Vaccinations

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a toolkit for early care and education providers to help families keep their children up-to-date on routine vaccinations.

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In many early care and education settings, up-to-date immunization is a prerequisite for enrollment. Therefore, early care and education providers and other childcare professionals play important roles in supporting routine vaccinations. This helps to prevent the spread of diseases among children, families, and communities.

Early child care programs are instrumental in helping families stay up-to-date on their children’s vaccinations before school starts. Providers engage and assist families in ensuring that their children are fully immunized with all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – including the flu, COVID-19, and measles.

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The PHF and CDC’s toolkit is part of a series being developed for the CDC’s broader Let’s RISE (Routine Immunizations on Schedule for Everyone) playbook.

It has been curated to support early care and education providers across a number of settings. These include center-based child care and family child care as well as Head Start, or other early learning, early intervention, and preschool/pre-kindergarten programs offered in schools, homes, or other settings.

The toolkit contains evidence-based strategies, tools, and resources that can be used to help families protect their children against diseases by getting them vaccinated. 

The toolkit incorporates input from the Administration for Children and Families; National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety; National Association of County and City Health Officials; Pennsylvania State University Extension – Better Kid Care; and Child Care Aware of America.

For more information, view the Public Health Foundation’s toolkit or email