Educational Materials For Daycare Centers To Inspire Vaccination
Apr 27, 2017
Since 1994, communities throughout the United States have joined together during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children and our communities. As we continue to recognize the achievements of immunization programs all across the country, as part of this year’s National Infant Immunization Week celebration, we’ve heard parents ask,
“What can I do to spread the word about the value of vaccines in my community?”
One way parents can help promote healthy communities is by sharing materials that help educate others about the benefits of timely immunizations for all ages. Today, we invite parents to promote Every Child By Two’s Vaccinate Your Family program to local daycare centers through the use of specially designed educational materials.
Materials to Inspire Vaccination of Children in Daycare and their Families
In an effort to teach young children, their parents, grandparents, and other caregivers about the importance of immunizations, Every Child By Two (ECBT) has collaborated with Young Minds Inspired (YMI) to develop an educational program for daycare providers. The materials don’t just focus on getting children their recommended vaccines, but also help to explain how parents, grandparents and caregivers can keep young family members healthy by keeping their own vaccinations up-to-date.
The materials were designed to be a combination of:
- fun activities for children;
- take-home handouts for parents, grandparents or other caregivers;
- a wall poster for the daycare centers;
- and an educator’s guide to raise awareness of the importance of vaccines for people of all ages.
Over 13,900 daycare centers across the nation have received the vaccine education program so far and the feedback has been extremely positive. Both daycare providers and parents have indicated that the program is not only appealing, but has been very effective in communicating a strong message.
In honor of National Infant Immunization Week we invite you to share these materials with daycare providers in your local area.
All the materials are available to download from ECBT’s Vaccinate Your Family website. Additionally, there are a limited number of wall posters available, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request yours before they are gone. Or you can always download the wall poster here.
By starting a conversation about vaccines with daycare providers in your area, parents can help encourage behaviors that will have a direct impact on their child’s daycare center and their local communities. What a wonderful way to participate in National Infant Immunization Week.
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