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Resources about Mold for Child Care Providers

Mold is a fungus that thrives indoors when excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors or when moisture problems remain undiscovered or un-addressed. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment.  The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

Mold needs to be controlled in childcare settings to avoid possible health impacts for infants and children, including allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.  The following links provide information about health effects associated with exposure to mold and steps you can take to prevent mold growth in a childcare facility.