MSU to offer workshop for child care and educational facilities

Staff Writer

Child care centers are homes away from home for children of all ages, and a workshop offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service will help keep those environments safe and healthy.

The Creating Healthy Indoor Childcare Environments workshops for early-care and education providers are scheduled for Jan. 11, 18 and 25 starting at 6:15 p.m. at the MSU Extension Office of Clay County, 420 W. Broad Street.

"Eight modules from the national Healthy Homes Partnership and the MSU Extension Healthy Homes Initiative have been adapted specifically to meet licensure requirements from the Mississippi Department of Health, the licensing agency of child care facilities in Mississippi," said Natalie Ray, agent for the MSUES of Clay County. "Topics include asthma and allergies, hazardous household products, home safety and accessibility, indoor air quality, integrated pest management, lead poisoning prevention, mold and moisture control, safety and accessibility, and seven principles of healthy indoor environments."

Ray said space is limited at this time to those in operation of a child care or early child educational facility. But she asks that those who are interested in the workshop call and see if there is any extra space available for the public. Registration for the workshop is strongly urged.

"This workshop offers six contact hours toward the 15 contact hours required annually for licensure in participants attend all 3 workshops scheduled. Individuals may attend individual sessions for less hours." Ray said.

For more information or to register for this workshop, call Natalie Ray, 494-5371 or email at

To learn more about the statewide program, visit Online information for the national project is at