General Information for Government Agencies about Healthy Child Care
More than 11 million children under age five 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. Exposure to lead, certain chemicals in cleaning products, furniture and toys, radon, mold, pests and improperly applied pesticides can pose immediate and long-term risks for children’s health and development.
There are no universal standards for environmental health for child-care facilities, although increasingly, states and local governments are setting standards to reduce exposure to some environmental contaminants. National resources such as Caring for our Children have been updated to establish comprehensive guidelines for reducing exposure to environmental contaminants in child-care settings. This page provides resources that government agencies, including child-care licensing authorities, can use to address environmental exposures in child-care settings.
- Eco-Healthy Child Care® Exit
- America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition(504 pp, 12.5 MB, About PDF)
- Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, Third Edition Exit
- A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors(70 pp, 1.3 MB, About PDF) Exit
- Child Care in America: 2011 State Fact Sheets(120 pp, 1.5 MB, About PDF) Exit
- Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health Exit
- Children at Risk: How Toxic Chemicals Threaten Oregon's Children and What We Can Do About It(43 pp, 772 KB, About PDF) Exit
- Environmental Exposures in the Context of Child Care, from Environmental Health Perspectives
- First National Environmental Health Survey of Child Care Centers, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development