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Section 1: Learn about existing guidance

Review important guidance — from governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) — that relates to environmental health concerns and early care and education (ECE) programs.

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Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education Guidance Manual
(Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education Guidance Manual

This manual is the cornerstone of ATSDR’s initiative and the first comprehensive guidance for state agencies on how to create a program to make sure ECE centers are located safely. It’s also the basis for this tool.

Implications for your program

  • Use this manual as a touchstone when developing your program

Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education [PDF – 934 KB]
(Administration for Children and Families)

Caring for Our Children Basics: Health and Safety Foundations for Early Care and Education

Created by federal and non-federal experts, these guidelines outline the minimum health and safety standards that need to be in place anywhere children are cared for outside their home. They’re founded on Caring for Our Children Basics, Third Edition, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.

Implications for your program

  • As your state develops your program, you can incorporate and build on standards outlined in Caring for Our Children Basics
  • Review the Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education Guidance Manual for help on how to implement Caring for Our Children Basics guidance

Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy [PDF – 4.1 MB]
(Environmental Law Institute)

Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy

This overview of environmental exposure policies in various states offers examples of how to strengthen laws, regulations, and programs to address indoor environmental contaminants in child care facilities.

Implications for your program

  • This review shows how states have developed their licensing requirements — and it highlights innovative examples
  • When you’re developing your program, Chapter 11 may be especially helpful — it focuses on facility and site location for ECE centers

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