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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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During the first five years, children constantly acquire new skills and knowledge. Caregivers who know what children can do and how they can get hurt can protect them from injury.1

The third in the State Capacity Building Center Infant/Toddler Specialist Network's 2018 Hot Topic series, this webinar provides facts and resources to support responsive care to families struggling with challenges related to opioid abuse.

Use this tip sheet to identify the signs of depression. It can be shared with parents so that they learn how to take care of themselves and seek help when necessary. 

The presentation provides information on monitoring requirements in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) final rule and focuses on skills and strategies for conducting monitoring visits.

The presentation provides information on monitoring requirements in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) final rule and focuses on the components of an effective monitoring and enforcement system. Topics include standards, policies and procedures, licensing, monitoring, and enforcement.

The Monitoring Cost Estimation Calculator aims to help child care licensing agencies and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies project the annual caseload and cost of monitoring and supporting licensed and license-exempt child care providers.

The 5-2-1-0 message provides suggestions for building healthy, active lives for everyone. Staff can share this postcard with parents to put on the refrigerator as a reminder to make healthy choices every day. 

 

Children in group care settings are at increased risk for infectious diseases such as influenza (flu). Seasonal influenza affects many children each year. Simple prevention and control strategies can help to protect children and their caregivers from complications.

The purpose of this document is to provide a framework that can be used by state, territory and tribal licensing administrators, managers, and trainers in creating professional development opportunities for child care licensing inspectors or licensors.

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