What’s New: PUBLIC COMMENT on CFOC Basics (DUE 2/17/2015)
What’s New: PUBLIC COMMENT on CFOC Basics (DUE 2/17/2015)

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) has created Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics), a voluntary set of minimum health and safety standards for early care and education settings based on the complete set of Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (CFOC3). CFOC Basics is now available for public comment with a deadline of February 17, 2015. We encourage you to review CFOC Basics and provide comment. 

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SHORT SURVEY: Caring for Children with Special Needs

Please take a short (4-question) anonymous survey regarding your experience caring for children with special health care needs and disabilities. Your responses will help us tailor upcoming resources to better meet your needs!

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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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Environmental Health in Early Care and Education (EH)
Environmental Health in Early Care and Education

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) is pleased to announce the release of Caring for Our Children: Environmental Health in Early Care and Education (EH).

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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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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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January 27, 2015
*PRODUCT GIVEAWAY** We are looking for some feedback from our fantastic commun...
*PRODUCT GIVEAWAY**

We are looking for some feedback from our fantastic community (YOU!). The FIRST 25 PEOPLE to answer the following two questions in the comments below will receive a spiral bound hard copy of Stepping Stones, 3rd Edition!

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How would you rate the following two questions between 1 and 5, with 1: Not too important, 3: Important and 5: Very important:

1. How important are up-to-date health and safety standards for early care and education settings in your work?

2. How important is it for you to have access to up-to-date state child care licensing requirements and information?


Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3)-National Resource Center
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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 a…
January 27, 2015
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: Standard 4.2.0.10: Care for Children with Food...
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: Standard 4.2.0.10: Care for Children with Food Allergies

NOTE: Stepping Stones, 3rd Edition (#SS3) Standards are now easily identifiable by the presence of a red baby footprint in the #CFOC3 Database!

Complete Standard:
When children with food allergies attend the early care and education facility, the following should occur:

a. Each child with a food allergy should have a care plan prepared for the facility by the child’s primary care provider, to include:
1. Written instructions regarding the food(s) to which the child is allergic and steps that need to be taken to avoid that food;
2. A detailed treatment plan to be implemented in the event of an allergic reaction, including the names, doses, and methods of administration of any medications that the child should receive in the event of a reaction. The plan should include specific symptoms that would indicate the need to administer one or more medications;

b. Based on the child’s care plan, the child’s caregivers/teachers should receive training, demonstrate competence in, and implement measures for:
1. Preventing exposure to the specific food(s) to which the child is allergic;
2. Recognizing the symptoms of an allergic reaction;
3. Treating allergic reactions;

c. Parents/guardians and staff should arrange for the facility to have necessary medications, proper storage of such medications, and the equipment and training to manage the child’s food allergy while the child is at the early care and education facility;

d. Caregivers/teachers should promptly and properly administer prescribed medications in the event of an allergic reaction according to the instructions in the care plan;

e. The facility should notify the parents/guardians immediately of any suspected allergic reactions, the ingestion of the problem food, or contact with the problem food, even if a reaction did not occur;

f. The facility should recommend to the family that the child’s primary care provider be notified if the child has required treatment by the facility for a food allergic reaction;

g. The facility should contact the emergency medical services system immediately whenever epinephrine has been administered;

h. Parents/guardians of all children in the child’s class should be advised to avoid any known allergens in class treats or special foods brought into the early care and education setting;

i. Individual child’s food allergies should be posted prominently in the classroom where staff can view and/or wherever food is served;

j. The written child care plan, a mobile phone, and the proper medications for appropriate treatment if the child develops an acute allergic reaction should be routinely carried on field trips or transport out of the early care and education setting.

The rationale, comments, related #CFOC3 standards, and references can be found here: http://cfoc.nrckids.org/StandardView/4.2.0.10

#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.


4.2.0.10 - Care for Children with Food Allergies
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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.
January 26, 2015
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF MEASLES Given the recent multi-state outbreak of measl...
PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF MEASLES

Given the recent multi-state outbreak of measles, please refer to #CFOC3 Standard 7.5.6.1: Immunization for Measles.

"...If a case of measles occurs in a child care setting, interrupting subsequent spread depends on prompt immunization of people at risk of exposure or people already exposed who cannot provide documentation of measles immunity, including date of immunization. Children and adults in child care who are not immunized or not age-appropriately immunized against measles should be excluded from care immediately if the child care facility has been notified of a documented case of measles occurring in a child or adult in the center. These children should not be allowed to return to the facility until at least two weeks after the onset of rash in the last case of measles, as determined by health department officials."


7.5.6.1 - Immunization for Measles
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.