UCSF’s CA Childcare Health Program and CERCH recognized with 2012 Innovator Award

March 14, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recognized the Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship, Hearts Pest Management, Limoneira Company, and the University of California, San Francisco California Childcare Health Program with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Awards. “This year’s honorees are reducing pesticide use in agricultural areas and in child care centers and other public places in diverse ways that range from using less toxic alternatives to creating partnerships and developing educational materials,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “We applaud their commitment to using pest control practices to protect public health and the environment and willingness to share their practices with others.” Since 1994, 137 IPM Innovator Awards have been given to California organizations for their efforts to reduce risks associated with pesticide use and for sharing their research and methods with others.

DPR Director Brian Leahy, Abbey Alkon, and Asa Bradman

University of California, San Francisco, California Childcare Health Program

In 2007, the UC San Francisco California Childcare Health Program (CCHP) in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), UC Statewide IPM Program, and child care providers and child care health consultants, received a grant from DPR to develop an IPM program for child care providers throughout the state. The group surveyed child care providers to establish current pest management practices and then developed an IPM Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs (Toolkit) in English and Spanish for the management of pests common in child care centers.

The Toolkit is comprehensive guide that provides information on excluding pests and removing conditions attractive to pests, identifying and monitoring pests, identifying safe and effective pest treatment when necessary, and hiring pest management professionals. Many child care centers throughout California are now using the Toolkit, which is distributed at workshops and professional meetings in cooperation with various agencies. The Toolkit is the first publication of its kind in the U.S. and has provided an invaluable IPM resource for child care providers and child care referral services. More information on the Toolkit is available on the CCHP website or the CERCH website,

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