What’s New: Back-To-School! Keeping ECE Staff and Families Healthy
What’s New: Back-To-School! Keeping ECE Staff and Families Healthy

Back-to-school: a time of excitement for teachers/caregivers, parents/guardians, and children alike! This is also a time that early care and education programs and families can take important steps to keep the early care and education environment healthy and safe for everyone.

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NRC Website Visitor Survey
NRC Website Visitor Survey

Please take a short (3-question) anonymous survey that will help the NRC serve you better.

Thank You!

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Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3)
Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3)

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) is pleased to announce the release of Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3).  SS3 presents 138 essential standards intended to reduce the rate of morbidity and mortality in child care and early education settings.

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Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (I/T)
Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (I/T)

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) is pleased to announce the release of Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (I/T). I/T presents 232 CFOC3 standards that are applicable to the infant and toddler population.

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Healthy Weight Resources
Healthy Weight Resources

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) offers a variety of healthy weight resources available for download. These resources are for caregivers/teachers, parents/guardians, child care health consultants, licensors, regulators, and anyone who influences the health of young children.

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Important Information About New Bleach Concentration
Important Information About New Bleach Concentration

Effective 3/1/2013
For those of you who use a diluted bleach solution as a sanitizing and disinfecting product in your early care and education programs, the concentration of bleach solutions sold in stores has changed in many areas of the country.

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Caring For Our Children, 3rd Edition
Caring For Our Children, 3rd Edition

The CFOC3 Database is the online version of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Ed. The CFOC3 Database is fully searchable by Keyword, Chapter, Major Chapter Division, Chapter Subdivision, and Standard reference number.

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To improve the quality of child care and early education programs by supporting child care providers and early educators, families, health professionals, early childhood comprehensive systems, state child care regulatory agencies, state and local health departments, and policy makers in their efforts to identify and promote healthy and safe child care and early education programs.

 


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August 29, 2014
Are you a parent/guardian or caregiver/teacher? Do you make fruit & veggies eas...
Are you a parent/guardian or caregiver/teacher? Do you make fruit & veggies easy for kids to choose? Do you eat them with your kids? Doing one or both may increase the chances kids will eat them too! Get more tips here: #VitalSigns

See #CFOC3 Standard 2.4.1.2: Staff Modeling of Healthy and Safe Behavior and Health and Safety Education Activities
(http://cfoc.nrckids.org/StandardView/2.4.1.2)



CDC VitalSigns - xxxx
www.cdc.gov
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August 27, 2014
See this news story on rebuilding Head Start after Hurricane Sandy. #investinECE
See this news story on rebuilding Head Start after Hurricane Sandy. #investinECE


Rebuilding Head Start in Long Beach, NY: Groundbreaking Ceremony | Administration for Children...
www.acf.hhs.gov
The Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County demolished its old Head Start center damaged by Hurricane Sandy to begin construction on its new Long Beach Head Start Facility.On Aug. 8, the Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC) of Nassau County conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new L…
August 26, 2014
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: 3.2.2.1: Situations That Require Hand Hygiene...
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: 3.2.2.1: Situations That Require Hand Hygiene

Complete Standard: All staff, volunteers, and children should follow the procedure in Standard 3.2.2.2 for hand hygiene at the following times:
a. Upon arrival for the day, after breaks, or when moving from one child care group to another;
b. Before and after:
1. Preparing food or beverages;
2. Eating, handling food, or feeding a child;
3. Giving medication or applying a medical ointment or cream in which a break in the skin (e.g., sores, cuts, or scrapes) may be encountered;
4. Playing in water (including swimming) that is used by more than one person;
5. Diapering;
c. After:
1. Using the toilet or helping a child use a toilet;
2. Handling bodily fluid (mucus, blood, vomit), from sneezing, wiping and blowing noses, from mouths, or from sores;
3. Handling animals or cleaning up animal waste;
4. Playing in sand, on wooden play sets, and outdoors;
5. Cleaning or handling the garbage.

Situations or times that children and staff should perform hand hygiene should be posted in all food preparation, hand hygiene, diapering, and toileting areas.

The rationale, comments, related #CFOC3 standards, and references can be found here: http://bit.ly/1tAm8OK.

#SS3 is a collection of 138 #CFOC3 that, when practiced, could prevent serious harm and injury to children in early care and education settings. The full document and companion checklist can be found here: http://bit.ly/1duQHxs.

If you have any questions about this or other #SS3 standards, please contact the NRC at 1-800-598-KIDS (5437) or info@nrckids.org.



3.2.2.1 - Situations that Require Hand Hygiene
cfoc.nrckids.org
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education provides health and safety resources for parents, child care providers, regulators, and child care health consultants. Current state licensing regulations are also available and searchable in full text.