Each day, roughly 55 million students and 7 million staff members attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States. With one-fifth of the country's population occupying educational facilities, it is essential to prevent the spread of germs, and the best way to do that is through education and encouraging proper hand washing for kids.

But developing a proper hand washing program is sometimes easier said than done. It requires careful selection of products and dispensers, and an understanding of how placement of soaps and sanitizers will encourage, or discourage, use. And a program is only effective if communicated successfully.

To help our readers execute these challenges, we have invited Nancy Bock, M.S., vice president of education at the American Cleaning Association (formerly Soap and Detergent Association), to present a webcast focusing on three key components to proper hand washing for kids: the products, the role of the custodial department, and how to develop a program that will encourage kids to wash up.

The live webcast is free to all attendees and will take place June 28 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (an archive of the webcast will also be available following the live event). In addition to Bock's presentation, there will be a live question and answer session where Housekeeping Solutions readers can address specific concerns. Following the webcast, all registrants will be emailed the slides and an archive version will be available online for future use.

All are encouraged to register for this free educational opportunity (one CEU credit is available to those who attend the live event). Click here to learn more about developing a program that outlines proper hand washing for kids.