Health/Safety, Dental Health, Nutrition

Roger Molano is the school nurse and Selina Salas is the nurse assistant at Cardwell.

Our commitment to wellness embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff. The objective is to ensure that, through collaboration among families, staff, and health professionals, all child health and developmental concerns are identified, and children and families have an ongoing source of continuous, accessible care to meet their basic health needs.

Young children learn health-promoting habits and routines in pre-kindergarten. In these early years, they develop basic concepts, attitudes, and skills about nutrition, safety, hygiene, and physical activity that contribute to their well-being. Children’s experiences with their health and discovery of ways to improve it enhance their desire and ability to make wise decisions for healthy living in the future.

HealthDental HealthNutrition


Health education includes personal hygiene and nutrition education. Children learn that regular hygiene routines and good nutrition are important to their health.

The child:

  • Becomes aware of routine healthy behaviors (e.g., brushing teeth)
  • Begins to follow health-promoting routines (e.g., washing hands)
  • Begins to understand the need for exercise and rest
  • Refines use of eating utensils
  • Begins to recognize and select healthy foods
  • Prepares simple healthy snacks


Prekindergarten children acquire everyday routines and procedures to remain safe and avoid injury. They learn about fire, traffic, environmental and personal safety, and what to do in emergency situations.

The child:

  • Recognizes the danger of fire and learns to treat fire with caution
  • Responds appropriately during a fire drill
  • Knows how to seek help in an emergency
  • Knows how to cross a street safely
  • Recognizes the symbol for poison
  • Knows never to eat substances that are not food
  • Recognizes the danger of poisonous substances, including drugs
  • Knows not to talk to, accept rides from, or take treats from strangers
  • Knows how to get help from a parent and/or trusted adult when made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe by another person/adult
  • Knows never to take medicine unless it is administered by an adult
  • Knows about safe behavior around bodies of water (e.g., pools, lakes)