News, Updates & Events
Posted July 15, 2020 at 03:08 PM by Shelly Nye
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
FDA has identified more than two dozen hand sanitizers that are toxic when absorbed through the skin. It is urgent that this information be sent to child care providers, parents, state child care licensing offices, child care professional development agencies, and others who can disseminate this information.
Consumers who have been exposed to a hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for the potential toxic effects of methanol poisoning, which can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, and seizures. Although people of all ages are at risk for methanol poisoning, “young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk.”
Please see the full FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol for further information.
Posted May 22, 2020 at 04:59 PM by Shelly Nye
The National Workforce Registry Alliance has partnered with the Yale School of Medicine in an effort to find out how Early Childhood educators like yourself, and the families you serve, can remain safe and healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Nevada’s frontline heroes, you do your best...
Posted May 13, 2020 at 05:21 PM by Shelly Nye
continued Early Childhood Education, in partnership with Region 9 Head Start Association, is offering free courses for child care administrators and staff concerning COVID-19. These courses include stress management and mindfulness in these uncertain times, as well as emergency response strategies. Use the promo...
Posted May 12, 2020 at 03:32 PM by Shelly Nye
The Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team is available to support children experiencing a mental health or behavioral crisis.
For more information, guidance and resources about the COVID-19 response in Nevada, visit https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/.
Posted April 30, 2020 at 10:46 AM by Shelly Nye
On April 14, 2020, the Office of Child Care (OCC) hosted a webinar regarding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for child care, including the latest Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open. CDC staff members answered questions related to this guidance,...
Posted April 23, 2020 at 01:15 PM by Shelly Nye
This guidance summarizes best practices for national implementation to sustain personal protective equipment (PPE) while ensuring the protection of workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response.
Posted April 21, 2020 at 11:05 AM by Shelly Nye
Despite a slow start, it seems that testing supplies and availability are gradually improving. In addition to the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) and Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory, Quest Laboratories, LabCorp and several other commercial and hospital-based labs are currently well-equipped to conduct a large number of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests in a timely manner.
Posted April 13, 2020 at 11:44 AM by Shelly Nye
Providers and parents have many questions about child care during the COVID-19 response, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is working to answer them all.
To that end, the letter below will answer a few questions that both providers and parents are asking. This includes information about child care’s status as an “essential” business, registering to provide...
Posted April 9, 2020 at 11:34 AM by Shelly Nye
To help you maintain safety and awareness during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, ChildCare Aware of America has compiled upcoming and recorded
Posted April 2, 2020 at 12:33 PM by Shelly Nye
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a Supplemental Guide for Child Care. Written in collaboration with the Offices of Child Care and Head Start for a variety of child care settings, this resource provides guidance specific to child care on issues such as:
- Social distancing;
- Child pick up and drop off procedures;
- Cleaning and disinfecting of toys...
Posted March 17, 2020 at 01:00 PM by Shelly Nye
Posted November 6, 2019 at 05:11 PM by Shelly Nye
Information about the importance of immunization has been updated on the Immunize Nevada online Child Care Virtual Toolkit.
The toolkit features:
- Current statistics on the effects of flu and other vaccine-preventable illnesses on children.
- Steps you can use to prevent spread...
Posted June 6, 2019 at 06:03 PM by Shelly Nye
The United States is currently experiencing a significant increase in the number of measles cases. Nationwide, as of May 31, 2019, there have been 981 cases diagnosed in 26 states, including a case that was diagnosed and infectious while visiting Nevada. This is the largest number of cases in the United States in the last 25 years. The numbers this year are expected to continue to rise...
Posted May 21, 2019 at 08:04 AM by Shelly Nye
An important message from the Adminstration for Chilldren & Family Office of Child Care:
July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
As summer heats up, heatstroke continues to be the number one vehicle-related killer of children, outside of car crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Children are more...
Posted January 9, 2019 at 04:49 PM by Shelly Nye
A message from the Division of Public and Behavioral Health:
It is now necessary for students enrolling into early education programs, preschool and kindergarten in Nevada to receive all required vaccines at the youngest recommended age per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices...
Posted March 5, 2018 at 04:30 PM by Shelly Nye
It is now necessary for children being admitted to child care or accommodation facilities in Nevada to receive all required vaccines at the youngest recommended age per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Posted March 5, 2018 at 04:22 PM by Shelly Nye
It is now required that individuals newly enrolling into school or being admitted into childcare provide evidence of Varicella (chickenpox) immunity upon entrance. This requirement will only impact individuals being admitted to child care or enrolling into a school in Nevada after June 30, 2018. A written statement from a physician attesting to a person’s positive history of Varicella or...
Posted December 7, 2017 at 09:35 AM by Shelly Nye
A message from State Child Care Licensing:
Under Nevada law, each public school, private school, and child care facility shall report by Dec. 31 of each year the exact number of pupils who have completed the immunizations required for enrollment. Immunize Nevada is collecting this information on behalf of the Nevada...
Posted September 15, 2017 at 03:45 PM by Shelly Nye
Check out this great resource available through The Children's Cabinet. The Connecting Kids to Coverage program helps Nevada’s uninsured individuals and families access healthcare and support services by providing application assistance and connecting families to community resources.