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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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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 2019).   ​

The ratio of child care providers to licensing inspectors differs among states, territories and tribes, depending on a variety of factors.

The sixth in the State Capacity Building Center Infant/Toddler Specialist Network's 2018 Hot Topic series, this webinar features resources and practices to support infants, toddlers, families, and teachers during times of national disasters.

 

Certain triggers, such as persistent infant crying, may lead some caregivers who are highly stressed to shake young infants. This can result in abusive head trauma that damages a baby's brain. Find out ways to strengthen protective factors that can help keep children safe.

Dr. Rachel Moon, an expert on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), presents the updated 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force recommendations that relate to safe sleep practices in early childhood education (ECE) programs.

Dr. Marilyn Bull, pediatrician and national expert on child passenger safety, discusses how to keep children safe in motor vehicles. Learn how your program can use the car seat flip charts to help families:

Certain triggers, such as persistent infant crying, may lead some caregivers who are highly stressed to shake young infants. This can result in abusive head trauma that damages a baby's brain. Find out ways to strengthen protective factors that can help keep children safe.

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