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Health & Safety
Healthy Child Care America, a cooperative agreement jointly funded by the Office of Child Care and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides extensive resources on health and safety topics, including interactive modules, free materials, and the latest editions of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs and Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children.
The Healthy Child Care America program is a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care. This includes increasing access to preventive health services, safe physical environments, and a medical home for all children. The program also strives to increase pediatrician participation and effectiveness in providing high-quality care and promoting early education and children's health and well-being. The Healthy Child Care America Child Care and Healthy Partnership is coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Find more information and resources at www.healthychildcare.org.
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) promotes health and safety in child care and early education settings. This is accomplished through the publication of multiple resources and the collaboration with national partners to build the capacity and infrastructure for healthy and safe child care and early education settings. The NRC webpage includes free downloads of the latest editions of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs and Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children. Find more information and resources at www.nrckids.org.
Key CCTAN Partners
Child Care & Health Partnership
National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care and Early Education
Health, Safety & Licensing Topics
Click on each topic below for more information and for additional resources compiled by the Office of Child Care and CCTAN.
- Infectious Diseases
- Medication Administration
- Healthy Weight & Nutrition
- Social-Emotional Health, Developmental & Behavioral Screenings
- Safe Sleep & Crib Safety
- Injury Prevention, Transportation & Playground Safety
- Environmental Health
- Oral Health
- Background Checks
- Licensing Standards
- Ratios & Groups Size
- Staffing Requirements
- Types of Facilities & Exemptions
- Emergency Preparedness