The Healthy Schools program area of Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative is a significant presence in the advocacy for healthy learning environments in schools and childcare centers.
Nearly 20 percent of Americans (about 60 million people), spend their days inside 132,000 elementary and secondary school facilities. We recognize that poor indoor air quality can affect health and performance of children and staff in these school facilities.
We advocate for healthy schools through many activities, including:
- raising awareness about Boston Public Schools (BPS) green cleaning and environmental health policies;
- increasing communication between health providers, families and school nurses in order to increase the number of asthma action plans on file for asthmatic children in targeted schools in the BPS system;
- supporting the priorities of the Boston Healthy Schools Taskforce;
- and collaborating with Boston early learning centers, ABCD Head Start sites and private day cares to address the environmental health and indoor air quality issues impacting the 0-4 year old population
Currently, the Healthy Schools Committee is implementing two major initiatives toward improving the health and quality of learning centers in Boston. They are: