Protecting Children Where They Learn
Questions on Pesticides?
- National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
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Children may be affected by pesticide use in and around schools and day care centers. EPA has emphasized this potential exposure through initiatives such as IPM in Schools, which seeks to obtain a significant reduction in both pest complaints and pesticide use in schools. The Office of Pesticide Programs, partnering with the National Head Start Association and the Department of Health and Human Servicesí Child Care Bureau, launched a national awareness campaign on the safe use of pesticides directed at child care center staff and parents.
We also manage two grant programs that have historically funded School IPM projects:
- The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program is a voluntary membership and grants program (with over 200 members and $500,000 a year in grants) that works with the nationís pesticide-user community to reduce human health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use; and
- Pesticide Registration Improvement Act grants have funded over 40 IPM in School projects across the country over the past decade.
In addition, we have partnered with a team of IPM experts from across federal, state, and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations and the academic community, to promote IPM in schools.
- EPA publications to help protect children from pesticides
- Protecting Childrenís Health: National Pesticide Program report (32 pp, 2.95mb, About PDF)