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Lead Poisoning Training

Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program Lead Poisoning Training is designed to help schools protect children from harm caused by lead poisoning—a highly preventable environmental danger that harms hundreds of thousands of American children each year.

Lead poisoning causes serious, permanent damage to children’s ability to think, learn and behave appropriately. It has been associated with lower IQ scores, attention problems, increased impulsiveness and distractibility, reduced organizational ability, difficulty following directions, disruptive behavior and lower scores on standardized performance tests. Even at low levels, lead exposure has harmful effects on children’s reading and mathematics scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test, as revealed in Duke University’s 2011 study by the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative.

Exposure is especially dangerous to the developing brains and nervous systems of unborn children and children younger than six. Connecticut Children’s lead poisoning training aims to create awareness among early educators, school administrators and child care personnel to enhance their ability to respond to the needs of children harmed by lead.

School Administrators, Educators and Child Care Personnel

Training modules developed by the Healthy Environments for Children Initiative at the University of Connecticut help educate school administrators, classroom educators and child care personnel and take about an hour to complete. The training is organized as follows:

Please complete the pretest before viewing any of the modules. Results of the pretest will help us evaluate the effectiveness of this training. Also, viewing the Introduction to Lead Poisoning will provide participants with an overview of the training and goals.

Module 1: What is Lead Poisoning?

    • What does lead do?
    • Where does lead come from?
    • How do we know if a child is lead poisoned?
    • What are the consequences of lead poisoning?

Module 2: Why Should Educators Be Concerned about Lead Poisoning?

    • How does lead damage the ability to learn?
    • How can educators help children who have been lead poisoned?
    • What are the educational rights of a child who has been lead poisoned?

Module 2a: Child Day Care Facilities and Lead (for day care personnel only)

    • Definitions
    • Requirements for child daycare centers and group daycare homes
    • Requirements for family daycare homes

Module 3: How Can We Prevent Lead Poisoning?

    • Protect children from lead paint
    • Protect children from lead in water
    • Protect children from lead in other sources
    • Teach children to be lead safe

Please complete all of the modules above before taking the post-test and completing the training evaluation. Results of the post-test and course evaluation will help us assess the effectiveness of this training. After registering, you will be able to print a certificate of completion.

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