Protect Yourself with Healthy Habits
Healthy habits prevent germs and infectious diseases from spreading. Learn, practice, and teach healthy habits
#1 Handle & Prepare Food Safely
Food can carry germs. Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces often when preparing any food, especially raw meat. Always wash fruits and vegetables. Cook and keep foods at proper temperatures. Don’t leave food out – refrigerate promptly.
#2 Wash Hands Often
Wash hands before and after eating, preparing food, playing outside. Wash after using the bathroom. Wash before and after playing in water, sand, finger paints, and playdoh. Wash after sneezing or coughing into your hands.
#3 Clean & Disinfect Commonly Used Surfaces
Germs can live on surfaces. Cleaning with soap and water is usually enough. However, you should disinfect your bathroom and kitchen regularly. Disinfect other areas if someone in the house is ill. You can use an EPA certified disinfectant (look for the EPA registration number on the label), bleach solution, or rubbing alcohol.
#4 Cough & Sneeze into Your Sleeve
Always cover your sneeze or cough with the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
#5 Don’t Share Personal Items
Avoid sharing personal items that can’t be disinfected, like toothbrushes and razors, or sharing towels between washes. Needles should never be shared, should only be used once, and then thrown away properly
#6 Get Vaccinated
Vaccines can prevent many infectious diseases. You should get some vaccinations in childhood, some as an adult, and some for special situations like pregnancy and travel. Make sure you and your family are up to date on your vaccinations. If your regular doctor does not offer the vaccine you need, visit the Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic.
#7 Avoid Touching Wild Animals
You and your pets should avoid touching wild animals which can carry germs that cause infectious diseases. If you are bitten, talk to your doctor. Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.
#8 Stay Home When Sick
When you are ill, staying home enables you to recover, and not spread your illness to others.
Covid-19 Pandemic Policies
During these unprecedented times, it has become necessary to implement additional policies in response to Covid-19. Our policies are in line with the NJ Division of Children and Families guidelines which can be found below. It is important that you read these guidelines to acquaint yourself with them. Please know that the safety of your children and our staff is of utmost importance.
Policy on Screening
All parents/guardians will indicate verbally at drop off that their child does not have a temperature or symptoms. If a parent is unable to verify this information, the center staff will screen the child. All staff will self-screen upon entrance.