Training & Education

washing our hands

Below you will find links to information on trainings and educational resources.


Clean Hands and Spaces Training
Educators, administrators, and supporting personnel in K-12 and early-care and education (ECE) settings will learn key information and resources to promote healthy hygiene habits in educational settings. This free and interactive training is available in English and Spanish.

Continuing education credits are available for professional development credit (course evaluation and post-test must be completed in English).

Classroom Lessons and Activities

BAM! Body and Mind – Hand Washing Experiment (5-8)
Students will learn that “clean” hands may not be so clean after all and that washing their hands can prevent the spread of disease.

CDC Science Ambassador Lesson Plans – Inquiry into Infectious Disease: It’s a Germy World After All [PDF – 258 KB] (9-12)
This lesson engages high school students in a demonstration of how germs are transmitted from person to person and involves them in an inquiry-based activity and webquest.

Curriculum Ideas for Exploring Handwashing
This curriculum assists children in developing healthy habits and gives them an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the benefits of handwashing.

Minnesota Department of Health – Age-Appropriate Handwashing Curriculum (Age 3-adult)
This curriculum teaches handwashing to preschoolers, young children ages 3- 6, middle school and junior high students, and grades 9-adult.

Other Educational Resources


Health Promotion Materials

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Download videos, podcasts, posters, stickers, and more for kids and other audiences.

Global Handwashing Partnership – Tools & Templates
Download toolkits, infographics, and other handwashing materials for a variety of audiences.

Healthy Schools, Healthy People – Resources
Download a toolkit with resources for school administrators and educators to help reinforce hand hygiene and cleaning practices to help keep school communities healthy and safe. Download posters, postcards, stickers, and more for kids.

NSF Scrub Club
Explore videos, games, and downloads for kids.

Sesame Street in Communities
View games, videos, and more handwashing resources for kids.

Here for Healthy Schools (A CDC Foundation and Lysol program)

Download printable resources such as informative posters, fun activities, useful sticker templates and engaging lesson plans that encourage healthy habits.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Opportunities

CDC Ambassadors
CDC employees provide handwashing education, in schools, community- and faith-based organizations, and at events in their own neighborhoods. Contact CDC Community Relations for more information.

David J. Sencer CDC Museum
This unique museum features award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions that focus on a variety of public health topics, as well as the history of CDC. The museum is free and open to the public. It can accommodate student field trips and other groups by reservation.