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.
This valuable resource was developed with our collaborative partners, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Support for this project was provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
The following significant content, format changes and additions were made in the Third Edition, as compared to Stepping Stones to Using Caring for Our Children, Second Edition (SS2):
- New and updated standards include safe sleep, handling and feeding of human milk, introduction of solid foods to infants, monitoring children’s development, unimmunized children, preventing expulsions, and availability of drinking water.
- Conversion charts to locate standards in SS2 and their new numbering in SS3 and vice versa.
- The online PDF version contains links that enable you to interactively navigate within the document and locate additional information from the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition (CFOC3) database.
- Screen Free Moments: Promoting Healthy Habits!
Screen Free Moments: Promoting Healthy Habits will show you a few simple ways to limit or even eventually eliminate screen time in your family child care home.
- Research Brief:
National Status of Child Care Health Consultation 2012
The results of the National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants’ 2012 questionnaire on the status of child care health consultation in the United States is now available. The summary is posted at: http://nti.unc.edu/cchc_
- CFOC3 Database
We also have a new way for you to explore CFOC3 and related publications! Try out our new database at http://www.cfoc.nrckids.org.
Important Information About New Bleach Concentration
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.
New/revised state child care regulations during the month of November now posted. See the updated regulations.