What is the LEARN Early Project?

At the LEARN Early Project, our mission consists of providing food allergy and anaphylaxis education to early childhood education centers and their communities so that children can be safe, included, and well fed despite their food allergies. Our unique program will achieve its mission by: 

  • Working with Head Start centers to better understand the food allergy and anaphylaxis needs of each center
  • Provide anaphylaxis prevention and response training to the center's staff and families
  • Teach each center's staff and families the truths about food allergy and how kids can be included and safe despite these medical conditions

About The Team

The LEARN Early Project is led by community allergist Dr. Kelsey Kaman in association with the Code Ana Program. Dr. Kaman is passionate about helping children succeed in life and, as an allergy physician, she is uniquely suited to share her knowledge of food allergy and allergy emergencies - anaphylaxis - with her community.

Dr. Kaman works closely with Dr. Alice Hoyt, the founder and chairman of the Code Ana Program. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies by guiding schools in the development and implementation of their own medical emergency response prevention and planning programs. 

Drs. Kaman and Hoyt are delighted to have the following community partners in the LEARN Early Project:

*We are especially grateful for the funding provided by the ACAAI's Allergists' Foundation to support this work.

What should centers expect?

What they get from participating:

  • Gift cards to each center leader who participates in a one-time food allergy focus group
  • Gift cards to each teacher and center leader who completes the food allergy needs assessment
  • One family per center will qualify for an assortment of food allergy-friendly foods
  • Free online epinephrine certification training for center personnel
  • Scholarship to the center for one 2-pack of stock epinephrine auto-injectors
  • Anaphylaxis workshop for all center personnel
  • "Swag bag" for the center leader

Expectations for centers:

  • Center leaders and at least 10 teachers will complete a food allergy questionnaire
  • Center leaders will complete a project intake assessment
  • Center leaders will attend at least one focus group
  • At least three center personnel will complete free online epinephrine certification training
  • Center personnel will attend a hands-on allergy workshop
  • Center will host a food allergy education class for parents led by the LEARN Early Education Team

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