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    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 1-888-681-0927
    Fax: 512-776-7222
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Safe Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

Cleaning supplies.

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Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are ways to reduce the spread of germs, like the virus that causes COVID-19. These practices help programs keep children safe from infectious diseases. But did you know some products used for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting can also be harmful to people, if not used correctly?

Children may be more sensitive to chemicals. People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems also may be more sensitive. Take precautions to protect children, caregivers, and staff.

Texas Choose Safe Places (TXCSP) developed several resources.


Online Training

Safe Cleaning for COVID-19: A Child Care Home's Guide to Safe Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting. 

We collaborated with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Services to develop this online training course.

This course reviews safe and effective cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting methods. Course goals are to ensure the safe use of chemicals while cleaning to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to signup for online training

The training emphasizes:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Best practices
  • Steps for reducing or preventing contact with harmful chemicals

Child care providers can earn 2 clock hours of professional training by completing the course. For a limited time, child care providers in Texas can take the course at no cost by clicking the signup button on this page. No coupon code is required when registering from this page. If you are not a child care provider working in Texas, please register through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Child Care Catalog.


Safe Disinfecting Toolkit

Another resource is our safe disinfecting toolkit for child care homes. Owners or operators of a listed, registered, or licensed child care home in Texas can get a free toolkit. The toolkit includes:

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The shipping address must match the State’s physical address for your child care home. Supplies are limited. You can also download online versions of toolkit materials by clicking the eToolkit button below.

Download Safe Disinfecting eToolkit (zip) More Safe Cleaning Resources

Together, we can keep kids safe where they learn, grow and play!
Last updated October 8, 2021