Preventing Infectious Diseases

Key points

  • Caring for young children means having close contact, and early care and education (ECE) providers can take many steps to keep infections from spreading.
  • Strategies such as hand hygiene, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfection, and ventilation can help ECE providers protect the health of children in their care as well as themselves and their own families.
Young boy wearing a mask while washing his hands in the bathroom sink


By carefully planning and following guidance, ECE programs can prevent the spread of infectious diseases. ECE providers can also teach children skills about staying healthy and keeping safe from germs. Many parents get great support from ECE providers around teaching children toileting, hand washing, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Learn about tools and resources to prevent the spread of infections in your ECE program.