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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Given the prominent role of the child care licensing system, it is important to determine how the licensing system can be more equitable on behalf of children and families through its work with child care providers.

This resource list can support Tribal Lead Agencies as they navigate the CCDF health and safety requirements, specifically as they relate to standards, training, and monitoring, to develop an effective and approvable CCDF Plan.

This session discusses next steps for implementation, provides the systems management framework blank worksheet, and explores CCDF Plan Amendments. It also features a presentation by a Tribal Lead Agency.

This presentation covers background check requirements under the Child Care and Development Fund. Topics include:

This brief gives an overview of infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) for policymakers and program leaders, summarizing its state of research and implementation efforts.

This resource simplifies finding criminal background check contact information for other states. It is maintained by the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA).

This resource can serve as a guide to modify existing policies and procedures to ensure ongoing, safe breastfeeding practices in child care programs during epidemics and other infectious disease occurrences.

This resource provides an overview of the health and safety requirements for Tribes who administer Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs. Tribes must demonstrate full implementation of these requirements effective October 1, 2019.

In Section 5, Lead Agencies are required to certify that there are in effect licensing...