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 brief, created in partnership with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), provides information and resources about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s (IDEA) two early childhood programs, early intervention services for infants and toddlers, and early...

The development or expansion of a network of child care health consultants (CCHC) is one strategy states, territories, and tribes can use to support the health, safety, and well-being of children in child care.

The National Program Standards Crosswalk Tool is a tool designed to help States that are developing and aligning program standards for licensing, quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), and/or prekindergarten programs, to search and...

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a tool for finding and searching state child care licensing regulations and licensing agency contact information.

This session takes a deeper dive into health and safety training requirements, as detailed in Section 2.1 of the Tribal CCDF Plan, and for P.L. 102-477 CCDF grantees, questions 10 and 12 of the OCC Program Instruction CCDF-ACF-PI-2019-04, issued July 12, 2019.

This session explores how standards can be adopted, adapted, or aid in assisting the Tribal Lead Agency in creating its own standards. This session incorporates all provider categories including relatives. 

This brief presents an overview of family homelessness and information about the policies, agencies, and programs that support families of young children experiencing homelessness.