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Keeping Healthy and Safe: Face Coverings

Young children are learning to wear face coverings and to see others wearing them. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.

  • Provide a Simple Explanation
    Use simple phrases, such as “People wear masks so they won’t pass their germs to another person.  When everyone wears masks, we all keep our germs to ourselves.”
  • Use Visual Supports
    Provide pictures of masks. Post pictures of family members, classmates, teachers, and the children wearing masks.
  • Set Them Up for Success
    Demonstrate the correct way to put on and wear a mask and remind them to avoid touching or fidgeting with their masks.
  • Provide Practice and Encouragement
    Provide encouragement for children to wear face coverings and praise their success.
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Reviewed: 2020