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You are welcome to download these posters for use in your program. 
 The documents listed below are examples only and may not include all information required for individual early childhood programs.

If you need modifications or would like posters developed on other topics, please contact Dr. Charlotte Hendricks.

Choking Hazards Poster English Spanish Bilingual
Washing Hands Poster English Spanish Bilingual
Family Style Eating Poster English Spanish  
Well-Child Visits English Spanish Bilingual
Sun Safety English Spanish  
Keep Rules Simple English Spanish  
Tooth Brushing English Spanish Bilingual
Buckle Up! English Spanish Bilingual
Standard Precautions English Spanish  

Disaster Preparedness Resources:

Disaster Posters (English)
Disaster Posters (Spanish)

Sample Checklists and Forms:

These are examples only.

Administration of Medication
Document parent authorization and administration of medication. 

Daily Health Check

Staff should complete a visual check of each child upon arrival and before the parent leaves.  A child who appears to be ill may be sent home or to the doctor/clinic as appropriate.

Health and Safety Checklist

Injury Reporting 

Training Evaluation


Community Assessment Questionnaire


Safety Booklets:

Booklets Index

Don't Get Burned Poisoning Prevention
Fitness Fun Safe Fun in the Sun
Healthy Eating Safety on the Go
Lather Up Tips for Choosing an Early Care and Education Program
People Who Can Help Me  Tooth Care

The materials are formatted to print as either black/white or color booklets (5.5" x 8.5" double-sided booklet).  To print booklets, please set your printer to "print both sides" and "flip pages."  Booklet can then be folded and stapled.  In your pdf header if may show only 4 pages but when printed correctly, back to back, both sides, it will print all pages for the booklets.


Don't Get Burned!

Burns are a leading cause of accidental death in the United States.  Statistics show that at least 50% of burns can be prevented.  For young children, the kitchen is the most common place burns occur.  Use this booklet to remind adults to keep children safe from burns.

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color
Black/White or Color
Black/White or Color (Vietnamese)

Fitness Fun


Children are naturally active and enjoy moving their bodies.  Take advantage of this and promote physical activity in play throughout the day.
Children feel better when they exercise!

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color (Spanish)

Healthy Eating


An important key to good nutrition is to eat a variety of foods.  Use this booklet to teach children (and adults!) to eat healthy every day.  Nutritious foods, moderation in eating, and physical activity will help children grow strong and healthy.

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
 Black/White or Color (Spanish)

Lather Up!

Washing hands thoroughly and often is one of the best ways to prevent disease.  Children and adults should wash their hands frequently throughout the day.  Use this booklet to remind children (and adults) to "lather up!"

Click on option to download in PDF format: 

Black/White 1 or Color 1 (English)
Black/White 1 or Color 1
Black/White 2 or Color 2
Black/White 2 or Color 2


People Who Can Help Me

Help children recognize people who can help them in an emergency.  Through pictures and simple words, children will identify teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and other responsible adults who will take care of them.  Teach children how to ask and who to ask for help.

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color (Spanish)

Poisoning Prevention

Poisoning is a leading cause of injury for young children.  Use this booklet to help children recognize items that they should or should not eat or touch.  Post the Poison Center number by every telephone.

Click on an option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color (Spanish)


Safe Fun In the Sun!

Outdoor activity provides the fresh air and exercise that is important for children's health.  However, too much sun can lead to painful burns, eye damage, and skin cancer.  Help prevent these problems by teaching children to be sun safe.  Have fun talking with children and following the sun safe suggestions in this booklet.

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color
Black/White or Color (French)

Safety On The Go!

Help prevent injury by teaching children how to "Stay Safe On The Go."  Whether riding in a car, on a bus or on a bike, children should learn and follow simple safety rules.  Have fun talking with children about the pictures in this booklet and ways they can stay safe.

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color (Spanish)

Tips for Choosing an Early Care
and Education Program

Childcare can be a great experience for both children and family members.  Many ECE programs, whether corporate, private, church-affiliated, or family home care, provide high quality care for children.  

Use this booklet to help families find a program that meets children's needs in a safe and healthy environment. 

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color (Spanish)

Tooth Care

All teeth are important, even primary teeth!  Promote strong teeth and gums by helping children brush and floss every day.  Young children need adult help to brush properly.  Follow the steps in this booklet to teach children how to take care of teeth and gums.

Click on option to download in PDF format:

Black/White or Color (English)
Black/White or Color (Spanish)

Sample forms on additional topics may be available.  Materials developed and written by Dr. Charlotte Hendricks, ©
Click here for more information.

Children's Booklist:

Children's books can be used to introduce new topics and terms, and to reinforce learning about health and safety.  Content may be specific to a topic, such as healthy eating or disease prevention.  General story books, including many classic stories, can be used to introduce or reinforce health topics.  This list includes books identified as age appropriate (young children), culturally sensitive, diverse, and free of stereotypical language.  Click here for booklist.

Training Activities:

The following are examples of activities.   Contact Dr. Charlotte Hendricks for more information.


Measure Meds  

Have several different spoons and medicine droppers and a bottle of colored water available. Have participants select one and then "measure" a specific amount of the colored water, such as 1 teaspoon. The participant should then pour the water into a clear calibrated medicine cup. Compare the medicine cups and discuss how an "eating spoon," "soup spoon," or even a cooking measuring spoon may not measure as accurately as a calibrated medicine dropperor syringe.


  Grandma’s Purse:

Fill a large handbag with a variety of items that might be found in someone’s bag. Items might include coins, medications, (toy) gun, grocery list, ink pen, candy, gum wrappers, perfume, etc. Use your imagination and think about all the "stuff" you have found in your own purse at different times. Have a participant empty your purse and identify potentially harmful items.

Secret Spray

Demonstrate the spread of germs and how they are invisible. Spray lemon juice on white paper. It disappears. When the paper is warmed with a hair dryer or an electric iron (set on low), the droplets will become more visible. Keep hot iron and/or hair dryer out of children reach!

Open It!

Have several different medicine containers with various types of caps, some which are child resistant and some which are not. Give one container to each participant and have them "race" and see how long it takes them to open each container. Participants may then trade containers and try again.

Get Low and Go! 

Prepare a "Smoke" banner or sheet or parachute. Ask participants to demonstrate how they would teach "get low and go" to children.

Have several participants hold the sheet or banner about 3 feet above the floor. Sound the smoke/fire alarm (whistle). Have other participants practice crawling under the "smoke" to safety. Time the event.


Table setting and family style  

Place stacks of interesting plates, cups, place mats, cloth or paper napkins, and eating utensils in one place.  Ask several participants to "set the table."  Each participant should set their table the way they want to.  This is an individual choice, not a group decision.  Compare the different table settings.

Styrofoam plates, cups, and bowls and plastic utensils are not recommended in childcare because children can "bite" off pieces which could cause chocking.  Plastic is not recommended because it cannot be adequately sterilized.  Best practice is to use silverware and institutional "melmac-type" dishware.

Who Has Germs?  

This activity shows how quickly and easily germs can be spread from person to person. Before you begin the presentation, select a few people in the audience and tell them they will have special instructions (see steps below). (You may want to give these people a token, such as a colorful pencil.) Be sure these people are located throughout the audience, rather than seated in one area.

Ask people to greet one another. Encourage them to get out of their seat, walk around, and shake hands with five or more other people. As they shake hands, they should say to each other "I washed my hands!"

Tell the audience that a few people did not wash their hands. The individuals selected earlier will say "I have germs!"

Instruct participants to keep saying "I washed my hands!" unless they are greeted by someone who says "I have germs!" Once this happens, they must change their own greeting to "I have germs!"

After a few minutes, participants return to their seats. Ask the original "I have germs!" participants to stand and remain standing. Then, ask for all other participants who were told "I have germs!" to stand. See how many people were infected with germs.

Recommended Websites

Bright Futures

Caring for Our Children, 3rd ed.

Child Care Aware

Healthy Child Care America

Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

Kids Health

Training & Technical Assistance Services (T/TAS)


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