This past spring and summer, HomeLab had the pleasure of working with UC Berkely’s Center for Environment Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) to determine the air quality in childcare facilities in California. Less than 1 in 3 children under 5 have a full-time stay at home parent these days. Of those that have both parents working, the average time spent in daycare facilities is over 35 hours a week. Little ones are also more susceptible to health impacts from air pollution, so we jumped at the chance to lend our air quality expertise to the study. HomeLab sent air quality monitors to the school to assess pollution levels in multiple classrooms. We also conducted an on-site inspection of the buildings, determining how much outdoor air was infiltrating and different potential sources of toxins and pollutants. We provided our report to the facility and CERCH, and made recommendations on how to decrease pollutant levels. The facility began ventilating their rooms throughout the day, replaced their carpet with hardwood floors and performed a number of other improvements. In the end, the air quality was “green” during class time on all four pollutants categories we monitored (PM2.5, VOCs, CO2, and humidity)! While it was great to see the air quality in one childcare facility improve, there are a lot more out there. HomeLab would love to partner with other research institutions and childcare facilities to ensure more children are in a healthy environment. Please contact us if you know of any organization we can help at firstname.lastname@example.org!