July What's New - Environmental Health in ECE
July What's New - Environmental Health in ECE

Doing a little cleaning? Remember to keep toxic substances away from children and teachers/caregivers. Here are a few tips from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition (CFOC3).

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June 5, 2014: The Impact of Environmental Health in ECE
June 5, 2014: The Impact of Environmental Health in ECE

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar has already occurred. Recorded presentation now available.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:15 PM EDT

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) and the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN)

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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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The NRC Mission

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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July 22, 2014
We've added a new FAQ to out Frequently Asked Qjuestions/CFOC3 Clarifications do...
We've added a new FAQ to out Frequently Asked Qjuestions/CFOC3 Clarifications document! The question is about a step in #CFOC3 Standard 3.2.1.4: Diaper Changing Procedure.
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QUESTION: Step 6 of Standard 3.2.1.4: Diaper Changing Procedure states to "Use soap and warm water, between 60°F and 120°F, at a sink to wash the child’s hands, if you can." If the child is too heavy to hold at the sink, or has a special health care need that prevents him/her from standing at the sink, it is OK to use several wipes (one after the other) to clean the child's hands?

ANSWER: Wipes that have chemicals should not be used as a replacement for washing an infant's/toddler's hands.

However, Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools, 3rd Edition and Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Edition offers an alternative method to washing the hands of an infant/toddler at the sink if they are too heavy to hold or have a special need that prevents standing at the sink. This ”three paper towel” method is as follows:

1. Wipe the child’s hands with a damp paper towel moistened with a drop of liquid soap.
2. Wipe the child’s hands with a 2nd paper towel wet with clear water.
3. Dry the child’s hands with a 3rd paper towel.

Additionally, as stated in CFOC3 Standard 3.2.2.5: Hand Sanitizers, the use of hand sanitizers by children over twenty-four months of age and adults in child care programs is an appropriate alternative to the use of traditional handwashing with soap and water if the hands are not visibly soiled.

Last, please remember to check your local and/or state regulations before implementing this strategy.
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You can view this question/answer as well as others in the link provided below. Items are organized by #CFOC3 chapter, #CFOC3 standard #, and date.


National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
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.
July 22, 2014
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: 5.2.9.5: Carbon Monoxide Detectors Complete St...
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: 5.2.9.5: Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Complete Standard: Carbon monoxide detector(s) should be installed in child care settings if one of the following guidelines is met:
a. The child care program uses any sources of coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, natural gas, or any other product that can produce carbon monoxide indoors or in an attached garage;
b. If detectors are required by state/local law or state licensing agency.
Facilities must meet state or local laws regarding carbon monoxide detectors. Detectors should be tested monthly. Batteries should be changed at least yearly. Detectors should be replaced at least every five years.

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

#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.



5.2.9.5 - Carbon Monoxide Detectors
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.
July 18, 2014
Sunscreen season is STILL here. Check out this community guide on skin cancer pr...
Sunscreen season is STILL here. Check out this community guide on skin cancer prevention.
See our #CFOC3 sun safety standard here: http://cfoc.nrckids.org/StandardView/3.4.5.1


www.thecommunityguide.org
www.thecommunityguide.org