Eclipse Alert: Sun Safety in Early Childhood Programs

Clear Guidelines for Early Childhood Programs for August 21 Solar Eclipse

With much excitement surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse, Indiana FSSA’s Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning shared the following advice for all providers. Please share with colleagues or programs you work with!

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in our Hoosier sky. The eclipse will occur between the hours of 12:57 PM – 3:49 PM. It must be your highest priority to ensure the safety of the children in your care during the eclipse. Please use precautions but also provide a valuable learning experience for your students before, during and after this historical event.

NASA has created a range of tools for use in your program and beyond. Explore them at

Safety Guidance

Looking directly at the eclipse can create serious eye damage and blindness. Please do not bring your children outside during the solar eclipse. Some school corporations will not be dismissing the school-aged children until the event is over. Please discuss with your parents whether picking up their child before 3:49 PM is advisable. This link provides safety information regarding during the eclipse:

Participation Guidance

You may safely view the solar eclipse through live stream websites, such as

Education Guidance

Lesson plans and instructional strategies have been developed and are available on many websites. The NASA website for the solar eclipse is at Children of all ages can benefit from learning about astronomy. Your local school corporation may also have educational information on their websites.

Want to learn more about effective practices in early childhood programs? Attend one of our upcoming conferences or connect with professional developing online at Training Central or at one of Indiana’s nine child care resource and referral agencies!