Children and Zika: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

Have you been hearing a lot of news about the Zika virus?  Are you not quite sure what to believe and how to incorporate best practices for your child care?  Well, the division of Child Care Aware of America focused on emergency preparedness and safety planning is here to help you.  In addition to any questions you might have that you could ask on their listserv (anyone can join - just sign up!), you can join the webinar hosted by Child Care Aware of America on Wednesday addressing just this issue!  Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) among others will be sharing information about what Zika is, a provider's role in prevention and more. The below text is republished from Child Care Aware of America's blog, with permission.

Child care providers have a unique role to play when it comes to being prepared for many types of hazards and emergencies.

During the summer months, children may be with you for extended hours, and by spending more time outdoors and playing outside, children are more susceptible to bug bites and stings. Not only can they be both bothersome and annoying, but they can also make people sick, so it’s important to protect those around you.

You’ve likely heard quite a bit about the Zika virus in recent months and you know that Zika is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Child Care Aware® of America wants to make sure you know more about Zika and how to prevent mosquito bites while you are outdoors.


We are pleased to announce a special webinar presented by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Health Team, and Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force. This webinar will include the most up-to-date information from the CDC, including:

  • The basics of the Zika virus (how its spread, signs and symptoms, risk factors
  • The role of child care providers in prevention (mosquito control and repellent guidelines)
  • Recommendations for pregnant mothers and parents considering pregnancy

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. 


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building