Children's Health Month
October is National Children’s Health Month. Children are often more vulnerable to pollutants than adults due to differences in behavior and biology, and these differences can lead to greater exposure and/or unique windows of susceptibility.
Children in overburdened and highly-exposed communities may suffer from a reduced ability to recover from harmful environmental exposures, due to lowered resilience. This can particularly affect children in low-income communities, as well as children in communities underserved by education, healthcare, and housing.
- Children’s Health Month 2023
- Learn about children’s environmental health
- Spread the word
- Activities for kids
Raise awareness about the importance of protecting children, especially those in ultra vulnerable populations, from environmental threats where they live, learn and play. Find messaging about each week's focus area.
- October 1-7: Protecting children where they live.
- October 8-14: Protecting children where they learn.
- October 15-21: Protecting children where they play.
- October 22-28: International and National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Parents and Caregivers
- Children's Environmental Health Facts
- What You Can Do to Protect Children
- Environmental Health Topics for Parents
School Administrators and Teachers
In addition to making sure schools and classrooms are safe using the tips above for parents, EPA has a range of resources specifically for schools and childcare providers.
- Environmental Health Topics for Child Care Providers
- Training, Webinars and Resources for Child Care Providers
- Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
Use the children's health outreach toolkit access children's health publications, graphics, social media messaging and more.
Use graphics throughout children's health month. Find more children's health graphics.
Social Media Messaging
Use children's health messaging to spread awareness about the issues facing children's environmental health on your social media accounts. Tag @EPA and use the hashtag #ChildrensHealthMonth #ProtectKidsHealth #ChildHealth.
Why is Coco Orange?: Read how Coco and his friends at Lizard Lick Elementary solve this mystery as they learn about air quality and how to stay healthy when the air quality is bad. The picture book and video are for all children, especially those with asthma, and their caregivers.
Why is Coco Red?: In this sequel to “Why is Coco Orange?”, Coco and his friends experience another air quality adventure. Read how Coco, his little sister and his friends solve a mystery as they learn about how wildfires can affect air quality and health. This book is for all children, especially those with asthma, and their caretakers.
Dusty The Asthma Goldfish and His Asthma Triggers Fun Book: This educational activity book helps children learn more about asthma triggers.
How Does EPA Protect the Environment? Activity Book for Children: With this activity book, kids can learn about the different ways that EPA works to protect our environment and our health.
Live, Learn, Play: Tune into Your Health and the Environment: This colorful, engaging booklet was prepared for youth groups and provides information about how to protect yourself and your friends.
Wood Smoke Activity Book: Children can read the story about best burning practices, color the pictures, and do the activities included in this activity book.
Help! It’s a Roach!: A roach prevention activity web site for kids.
Join Our Pest Patrol: A Backyard Activity Book for Kids on Integrated Pest Management: This booklet includes fun activities to educate children in grades 1–6 about pest identity, biology, and ecology. It also helps children understand the effects on the environment of decisions about whether or not to use chemicals to control pests.