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Special Projects
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The AAP Early Education and Child Care Initiatives occasionally receives additional funding to carry out special projects. Below are some funded projects that we wanted to highlight. Some of these projects have produced brochures or articles. Some projects have just begun so check back soon for updates!

Healthy Futures: Improving Health Outcomes for Young Children: 2009 - 2012
The AAP has received support from McNeil Consumer Products for a project called Healthy Futures: Improving Health Outcomes for Young Children. The overall goal of the project is to support the development and mobilization of a network of health professionals that can implement health education programs for caregivers, children, and parents involved in child care programs. The project will be done in 2 phases, medication administration and infectious disease in child care with healthy behaviors addressed throughout.

Medication Administration Curriculum

Increasing Health Professional Involvement in Child Care Programs to Improve Quality Care and Outcomes for Children: 2009
In 2005, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) revised its process and standards for “accrediting” center-based child care programs and included health-related standards and criteria for programs (all criteria are currently undergoing revision). To learn how best to support all programs to achieve the health-related criteria, the AAP coordinated a 6-month pilot program to offer pediatric health professional consultation services to child care centers.

Visit the project Web page for tips and resources that can help other early education and child care professionals and health care professionals engage in similar partnerships.

Needs Assessment of Child Care Programs: Preparation for Seasonal/Pandemic Influenza and Other Emergencies/Disasters: 2008 - 2009
With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AAP has contracted with the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Mississippi State University to conduct a needs assessment through coordination of a national, randomized 10-12 minute telephone survey of center directors in about 1,500 licensed child care centers. The focus of this effort is to learn how the AAP, CDC, and others can support the child care community to plan/prepare effectively for a pandemic influenza.

Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Evaluation Project: 2004 – 2007
Research has shown that an educational in-service customized for child care providers is effective in increasing awareness and knowledge, changing child care provider behavior, and promoting the development of written safe sleep position policies. Therefore, from September 2004 through September 2007, the AAP coordinated a project to evaluate the use of the AAP Speakers' Kit combined with a training and evaluation effort that incorporated direct observation of child care provider practices. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and train-the-trainer model in changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors (reported and observed) in child care providers with regards to sleep position and other elements of a safe sleep environment for infants. A secondary objective was to assess challenges and barriers to implementing safe infant sleep guidelines in child care settings.

Read the Article in Pediatrics

Healthy Child Care America Back to Sleep Campaign: 2003 – 2005
In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics partnered with national child care and health organizations to build on the achievements of two successful campaigns: The Back to Sleep Campaign and the Healthy Child Care America Campaign. This effort, known as the Healthy Child Care America Back to Sleep Campaign, aimed to promote the health and safety of infants in child care settings by providing education and outreach to child care providers regarding safe sleep recommendations.

For materials on safe sleep and more, click here.


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