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CDC Health and Safety Information

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Being a teacher and caregiver of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. A baby’s health and safety is the biggest responsibility you’ll face as a teacher. From immunizations to doctor visits to treating tummies, learn how to prepare for any aches and pains that lie ahead. These helpful links and images from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focus on children ages zero to three and will help you learn how to give the infants and toddlers you teach a healthy start to life.

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Diseases & Conditions

When one of your children is sick you want answers. Find out what you need to know about common childhood diseases and conditions. The links on this page will help you learn about diseases and conditions that could affect the children in your classroom. If you don’t find what you are looking for, browse all teachers topics or view CDC’s A to Z index for a more detailed list of topics.

AutismBirth DefectsCommon ColdEar InfectionFluGroup B StrepJaundicePrenatal Infections …More

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Safety in the Home & Community

Keeping your children safe is the classroom is your number one concern. Get expert tips on how to keep your child safe in your classroom and community. You play an important role in keeping your childen safe — no matter how old he or she is. The links below provide information and tools to help protect your baby and toddler from injuries and violence.

Child Passenger SafetyMedicine SafetySafety in Your HomeSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)Vaccine Safety …More

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Raising Healthy Children

 This section provides you with information that will be helpful for you as a teacher and caregiver.  The information in this section will also support your pupil’s parents in raising a healthy baby.

BreastfeedingInfants & Toddlers HealthInfant Immunization QuestionsPositive Parenting Tips …More

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Milestones & Schedules

You can see a child’s development by how they play, learn, speak, and act. Teachers and caregivers play a critical role in the development of infant and toddlers. Providing a safe and loving classroom and spending time together – playing, singing, reading, and even just talking – can make a big difference! Besides tracking your children’s growth and development, you can learn about topics such as developmental disabilities, immunization recommendations, and screening.

Child DevelopmentDevelopmental MilestonesGrowth ChartsImmunization SchedulerVaccines and Immunization Questions …More

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Contact Information

Amy Stutt
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Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Tel: (757) 378-3177

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