What's New April: Child Abuse Prevention
What's New April: Child Abuse Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Early care and education caregivers/teachers and administrators play a vital role in preventing abuse in the program, as well as recognizing, and reporting suspected abuse. 

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NRC Website Visitor Survey
NRC Website Visitor Survey

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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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April 17, 2015
Check out this new video series from ZERO TO THREE!
Check out this new video series from ZERO TO THREE!


ZERO TO THREE: The Magic of Everyday Moments
www.zerotothree.org
Little Kids, Big Questions is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast…
April 16, 2015
#CFOC3 Standard Change! 3.6.1.1: Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of Children. We...
#CFOC3 Standard Change! 3.6.1.1: Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of Children.

We recently made a change to TWO sections of this standard regarding how to handle a child awaiting pick-up when they are ill. We clarified language in the standard to ensure that the child was handled in the most developmentally appropriate way. The REVISED TEXT is as follows:

"Key criteria for exclusion of children who are ill:...
If any of the above criteria are met, the child should be excluded, regardless of the type of illness. Decisions about caring for the child while awaiting parent/guardian pick-up should be made on a case-by-case basis providing care that is comfortable for the child considering factors such as the child's age, the surroundings, potential risk to others and the type and severity of symptoms the child is exhibiting. The child should be supervised by someone who knows the child well and who will continue to observe the child for new or worsening syptoms. If symptoms allow the child to remain in their usual care setting while awaiting pick-up, the child should be separated from other children by at least 3 feet until the child leaves to help minimize exposure of staff and children not previously in close contact with the child. All who have been in contact with the ill child must wash their hands. Toys, equipment and surfaces used by the ill child should be cleaned and disinfected after the child leaves."

"Procedures for a child who requires exclusion:
The caregiver/teacher will:
a. Make decisions about caring for the child while awaiting parent/guardian pick-up on a case-by-case basis providing care that is comfortable for the child considering factors such as the child’s age, the surroundings, potential risk to others and the type and severity of symptoms the child is exhibiting. The child should be supervised by someone who knows the child well and who will continue to observe the child for new or worsening symptoms. If symptoms allow the child to remain in their usual care setting while awaiting pick-up, the child should be separated from other children by at least 3 feet until the child leaves to help minimize exposure of staff and children not previously in close contact with the child. All who have been in contact with the ill child must wash their hands. Toys, equipment and surfaces used by the ill child should be cleaned and disinfected after the child leaves."

This is a good reminder to always #checkthedatabasefirst! If you have any questions about this change or other #CFOC3 standards, we invite you to contact us at 1-800-598-5437 or info@nrckids.org.

Thanks!


3.6.1.1 - Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of Children
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.
April 16, 2015
BABY FOOD RECALL: Beech-Nut CLASSICS Stage 2 Sweet Potato & Chicken 4-oz. glass...
BABY FOOD RECALL: Beech-Nut CLASSICS Stage 2 Sweet Potato & Chicken 4-oz. glass jars

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-68A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The affected product expires in “DEC 2016” and includes product numbers “12395750815” through “12395750821”. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.


Beech-Nut Nutrition Recalls Baby Food Product Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
www.fsis.usda.gov
Beech-Nut Nutrition, an Amsterdam, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass.