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Protecting Children's Health and Safety

Licensing and other regulatory systems establish health and safety standards to ensure the well-being of children in all early care and education settings. Monitoring and enforcement of standards, emergency preparedness procedures, and services that support children’s health and wellness can protect children from injury and illness. The following resources provide additional information about protecting children’s health and safety.

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This resource was developed for an Open Space Session: Special and Vulnerable Populations. It is a compilation of all notations of special and vulnerable populations in the CCDF Final Rule and serves as a quick reference guide on serving special and vulnerable populations.

This PowerPoint presentation provides information on developing and implementing Tribal alternative approaches for conducting background checks and monitoring and inspections of child care providers.

A governmental inter-agency written agreement is often referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). In general, written agreements bind two or more agencies to terms outlined within the agreement.

The purpose of the Out-of-School Time Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Toolkit is to assist programs (staff, volunteers, etc.) in developing emergency preparedness plans that address the distinct needs of OST programs.

The intent of this resource is to provide tribes with an overview of the statutory authorities and identify potential avenues to access FBI fingerprint check results.

The 2019 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedules are now available. The schedules were approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Positive Eating Environment Tool is an interactive companion to the PDF version of the tool. Programs can use this tool to help turn the PDF assessment into an action plan.

Health screening is a key part of children’s overall health care. It can help identify concerns early. Explore basic information about screening, as well as resources about screening infants and toddlers.

All children misbehave or exhibit challenging behavior sometimes. How a parent responds can make a big difference in how a child develops. Treating children with kindness and respect helps them to treat others in the same way.

This form is designed for parents to share information about their child with dental office staff to help them meet the child's needs.