Early Childhood Oral Health Trainings | Qualistar Colorado

Oral Health

We focus on early childhood oral health by creating and delivering innovative professional development programs to raise awareness, develop skills, and support the integration of best practices and policies. Children’s dental care is important knowing that tooth decay is the most common chronic and unmet childhood disease in Colorado and yet it is preventable in nearly every case. In early childhood, 40 percent of children have tooth decay and this increases to 55 percent by third grade. Research from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that oral disease can affect a child’s ability to concentrate and learn, as well as impact speech development, eating habits, activity levels, and self-esteem.

Trainings

Cavity Free Kids

ORAL HEALTH—Cavity Free Kids is a curriculum designed for use in child care centers, family child care settings, preschools, head start and home visiting programs, as well as other early learning environments, like library story times and play-and-learn groups. Cavity Free Kids lessons and activities can be adapted to the ages and developmental stages of the children in your care. It is organized so you can easily and creatively modify lessons and activities to meet your program’s requirements, your personal style, and the needs and interests of the children and families in your program.

This training includes a rich collection of activities, circle time activities, stories, and songs that actively engage children. This training will help you make oral health part of your routines and daily interactions with children and their families. The curriculum includes activities, resources, and materials that make it easy for you to teach children and their families about:

  1. Baby Teeth Are Important!
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Participants will receive the curriculum binder and other oral health teaching materials.

Cost: Training, teaching materials, and resources are offered at no cost.

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 2 hours of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

HEALTHY SMILES SUMMIT- DENVER

February 24, 2018,  9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join our expert staff to learn about the importance of good early oral health habits and participate in hands-on activities that can easily be replicated in your program. Attendees will learn simple and fun ways to engage children and families in conversation, songs, books, and learning center activities that promote healthy habits. The Summit will be focused on learning how to plan and implement policies and practices related to the 5 Basis of Oral Health:

  1. Baby Teeth Are Important!
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Early Childhood Professionals Receive:

  • Certificate for 6 hours of CDE approved professional development
  • Tooth Healthy Toolbox: curriculum binder, tooth brushes, books, props, water bottles, family engagement tips, and an assortment of activity ideas and materials.
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Enter to win $25 Amazon gift cards, Kindle Fire Tablets, and more door prizes
  • Guided tour of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Click register below to learn more about the trainings offered

Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 6 hour of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

HEALTHY SMILES SUMMIT- Pueblo

April 7, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join our expert staff to learn about the importance of good early oral health habits and participate in hands-on activities that can easily be replicated in your program. Attendees will learn simple and fun ways to engage children and families in conversation, songs, books, and learning center activities that promote healthy habits. The Summit will be focused on learning how to plan and implement policies and practices related to the 5 Basis of Oral Health:

  1. Baby Teeth Are Important!
  2. Water for Thirst
  3. Tooth Healthy Foods
  4. Brush, Floss, Swish
  5. Going to the Dentist

Early Childhood Professionals Receive:

  • Certificate for 6 hours of CDE approved professional development
  • Tooth Healthy Toolbox: curriculum binder, tooth brushes, books, props, water bottles, family engagement tips, and an assortment of activity ideas and materials.
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Enter to win $25 Amazon gift cards, Kindle Fire Tablets, and more door prizes

Click register below to learn more about the trainings offered

Cost: Training, and resources are offered at no cost

Colorado Department of Education Approved. By participating, you will earn 6 hour of training in the Health, Safety, and Nutrition area towards the annual licensing requirement of 15 hours of ongoing professional development.

ORAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Tooth Healthy Toolbox

We’ve created a Tooth Healthy Toolbox full of oral health tools and resources for children, families, and early childhood settings. Follow this Pinterest page to access activities, crafts, games, and much more.

Tooth Healthy Text

Like what you’ve read in this email? We also send text messages! Each message includes a Tooth Healthy tip and link to an activity for children and families. Signing up is easy! Just text the phrase ToothHealthy to 313131 from your phone to sign up.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now says no juice before age one. Click to read more.

 

When organizations join forces, they have a greater impact than working alone. That’s why Healthy Child Care Colorado and Denver Environmental Health, part of the regional Healthy Beverage Partnership, teamed up to bring tooth healthy policies and practices to early childhood programs in Denver. Click here to learn more.

Cavities Get Around is a bilingual campaign launched in 2014 to improve the oral health of Colorado children. It primarily reaches low-income families with children ages 0-6, who are disproportionately affected by poor oral health. The campaign engages families and communities on the importance of baby teeth. Encouraging children to drink water instead of cavity-causing sugary drinks like juice can ensure good oral health for life. Click here to learn more. 

Baby Teeth are Important!

This video highlights Cavity Free Kids, an oral health professional development program for all early childhood education providers, teachers, and professionals. The curriculum includes activities, resources, and materials that make it easy to teach children and their families about the 5 Basics of Oral Health and dental care for children.

Contact Us

Email us at health@qualistar.org and like Healthy Child Care Colorado on Facebook for questions and resources and to see strategies for obesity prevention, social and emotional well-being, oral health, and injury prevention. 

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