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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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Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. There is no safe level of lead exposure for children. The most important step adults can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

In October 2018, the Office of Child Care and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the revised...

Find simple recipes for healthy snacks that young children can make in Head Start programs or at home with their families. Recipes appeared in Brush Up on Oral Health issues published between 2012 and 2017.

This brief is part of an ongoing effort with the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC) to provide guidance to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies concerning the implementation of criminal background check requirements.

In the Embracing Health and Wellness series, learn about current research topics, best practices, and safety tips for Head Start and child care programs. Discover tips for supporting staff and engaging families.

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic disease in children. Learn how child care health consultants can help early care and education programs apply use strategies and use resources to promote children’s oral health.

This resource was presented as part of the policy development sessions at STAM 2018.

This resource was presented as part of the implementation sessions at STAM 2018.

This session was presented as part of the CCDF Leadership Day at STAM 2018.

This resource was presented as part of the CCDF Leadership Day at STAM 2018.