Asthma Friendly Childcare Settings

In Georgia, an estimated 9% of children ages 0-17 have asthma; among them, children aged 0-4 have the highest hospitalization rate and second highest rate of emergency room visits due to asthma.  Many of Georgia’s children aged 0-4 spend most of their day in a childcare setting.  Early child care providers are in a unique position to contribute to the reduction in emergency room visits in this age group by understanding asthma and asthma management in order to address asthma-related illnesses and emergencies.  In Georgia there is a current lack of targeted, evidenced based asthma education programs designed for and effectively disseminated to early child care and Kindergarten providers.

Georgia Asthma Management Education for Childcare Settings (GAME-CS)

The GAME-CS curriculum was designed for early childcare settings to provide the knowledge and resources needed to ensure that:

  • Staff are knowledgeable about asthma and prepared to deal with an asthma emergency
  • Children with asthma are identified and that communication with parents about the child’s asthma symptoms and management is ongoing.
  • A healthy center environment is maintained and asthma friendly

Page last updated 11/29/2022