Healthy Child Care
More than 11 million children under age 5 are in child care where they spend an average of 40 hours per week, most of it indoors. Indoor air pollution levels can be 2-5 times greater than outdoor levels. Children are at greater risk than adults for adverse health effects from exposure to environmental contaminants because of their size, stage of development and behavior. A significant amount of attention has been given to reducing children’s exposure to environmental contaminants in K-12 school settings but there has been less of a focus on child cares where infants and toddlers may be at even greater risk. This website houses resources to help you identify and reduce environmental contaminants and is divided into sections for three key target audiences: child care providers, parents and government agencies. We hope you find the information useful and invite you to suggest additional resources by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.