Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or child cares centers built before 1978 from chipping and peeling lead-based paint and the lead-tainted dust it creates or where lead hazards have been created through renovation done without using lead-safe work practices.
Prevention of lead poisoning can be accomplished by eliminating lead-based paint hazards before children are exposed. Wisconsin's goal is to eliminate this disease by making Wisconsin's housing lead-safe, and by improving the detection and treatment of lead poisoning in children. Read more below about childhood lead poisoning prevention and lead-renovation through contractor education, certification and licensing.
Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead (PDF, 1.5 MB) - This document (May, 2015) outlines available scientific data describing the effects of lead and provides information on the services designed to improve academic performance of children with early childhood lead exposure.
Learn more about the connection of lead exposure of young children and the response to children who have been exposed to lead. Included is research on how lead exposure affects young children as they age and attend elementary school.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Lead-Safe Renovation rule, recognized lead paint test kits, renovator questions and complaints, and how-to videos showing lead-safe work practices.