Memorial Day marks the end of another school year and the unofficial start of outdoor summer fun. Public pools open and slip ‘n slides are rolled out to the soundtrack of ice cream truck jingles and kids’ laughter. Along with accidental belly flops, dropped ice cream cones, and unseen rocks under the slip ‘n slide, are the nasty sunburns. Sunburns might seem like just a temporary pain or discomfort, but there are more dangerous effects that aren’t always immediately apparent.
In the United States, there are more than two million child care staff working in settings that range from school district classrooms to their own homes. Everybody understands that education employees shape the lives of our children and future generations; yet the wellness of these critical members of the education and child care sector is often overlooked.