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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 guide provides voluntary guidelines that represent the baseline from which all grantees should operate to ensure that children are cared for in healthy and safe environments and that their basic needs are met. This guide was first published in 2000, and was updated in 2005.

Los desastres naturales y las emergencias pueden ser devastadores emocionalmente y pueden causar daños a la propiedad que pueden ser costosos de reparar.

Natural disasters and emergencies can be emotionally devastating and cause property damage that can be costly to repair. Child care programs are not immune to these risks and should plan and prepare for any event (minor as well as catastrophic) that may disrupt the day-to-day operations of their...

Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children who experience a tragic event may show changes in their behaviors. They also may be indirectly affected by a crisis through what they hear or see on TV.

Programs can use this manual as a guide for their emergency planning process. Find the latest tools and resources to support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency.

Vaccines can protect your young child from 14 dangerous diseases. Diseases that vaccines can prevent could be very serious. Read this tip sheet to learn more about protecting children with vaccines.

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network hosted a series of 1-hour Hot Topic Webinars on the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning on March 21 and running through September 19, 2018.

The Office of Child Care’s (OCC) 2018 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Regional Conferences brought together AI/AN CCDF grantees, OCC staff, and technical assistance providers.

The CCDBG Act of 2014 requires CCDF Lead Agencies to complete comprehensive background checks for child care staff members and prospective staff members.

This resource was created to ease the burden of finding criminal background check contact information for other states. The National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability will update and re-post this list on a quarterly basis (last updated September 2018).

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