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FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol

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.

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Nevada Registry Member's Help Needed in a Yale Study!

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...

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Free Online Training Related to COVID-19

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...

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Resources for Coping and Managing During COVID-19

The Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team is available to support children experiencing a mental health or behavioral crisis.

Informational Flyer

For more information, guidance and resources about the COVID-19 response in Nevada, visit

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Office of ChildCare Webinar - Recording Available

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,...

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Best Practices for Preserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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.

FEMA Fact Sheet

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Updated Testing Criteria for COVID-19

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. 

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Child Care Answers

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...

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More COVID-19 Resources for You

To help you maintain safety and awareness during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, ChildCare Aware of America has compiled upcoming and recorded

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Important COVID-19 Resource for Child Care

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...

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COVID-19 Resources for Children and Families

The Children's Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is closely monitoring the evolving situation around the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the globe and our state. In an effort to help ease what may be...

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Update to Immunize Nevada's Child Care Virtual Toolkit Available

Information about the importance of immunization has been updated on the Immunize Nevada online Child Care Virtual Toolkit.

Access the 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...

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Report Communicable Disease to Health Authorities

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...

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National Heatstroke Prevention Day

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...

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Vaccination Required at Minimum Recommended Age – Technical Bulletin

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...

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Vaccination Required at Minimum Recommended Age

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).

Technical Bulletin

For more...

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Verification of Varicella (Chickenpox) Immunity

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...

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Immunization Reporting Due Dec. 31

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...

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Connecting Kids to Coverage

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.

Information Flyer

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