Health and Safety
Questionnaire and Checklist
Download the article, Health and Safety Screener.Article – Health and Safety Screener
Download the article, Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs.Article – Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs
Health and Safety Screener and Checklist
Download the following screener and checklist to help identify ways to improve health and safety policies and practices in group care settings for infants, toddlers, and young children, including family child care homes.
Health and Safety Screener:
Programs that serve young children are required to ensure that policies and procedures are in place to protect children and keep them healthy and safe. This Health and Safety Screener: Policies and Procedures for Head Start Programs, from the Office of Head Start, will help to identify where programs need to make changes and build capacity to meet children's needs. It also contains best practices and requirements found in the Head Start Program Performance Standards. These standards can be used to support quality improvement in all early care and education settings, including family child care settings.
Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs:
This updated Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs, was developed by the California Childcare Health Program. The tool is based on Caring for Our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards - Third Edition (CFOC). There are 112 items to help programs assess key health and safety standards and identify ways to improve health and safety in early care and education programs. The Checklist includes 72 out of the 138 key health and safety standards in Stepping Stones Third Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013). The Checklist was reviewed by an advisory committee of health and safety experts and pilot tested by child care health consultants. The Checklist is user-friendly, easy to understand, and includes links to the CFOC standards and other related resources. It can be used on a computer, mobile device, or printed on paper. The Health and Safety Checklist User's Manual is also updated and provides background information and guidelines for rating each item.
American Academy of Pediatrics., American Public Health Association., & National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (U.S.). (2013). Stepping stones to Caring for our children: National health and safety performance standards; Guidelines for early care and education programs. (3rd ed.). Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://nrckids.org/CFOC/Stepping_Stones.