April 2012 eNews

Insects All Around!

Bugs are an important part of our ecosystem and when they stay outdoors they seem to provide nearly endless interest to curious young children. But too often in child care settings those creepy, crawly critters seem to make their way inside. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that the first National Environmental Health Study of Child Care Centers found that around three-quarters of child care centers reported using one to ten different pesticides over the course of a year. Although many K-12 schools have requirements around Integrated Pest Management, this is much less commonly seen in child care settings where children under the age of five, who are the most vulnerable to the toxic side-effects of certain pesticides, spend up to 10 hours a day!

In This Issue

Insects All Around!
LISC Special Report: Improving Educational Opportunities & Outcomes
Gardens for Great, Green Communities
Recommended Addition to Your Summer Reading List


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