What's New: Supporting Breastfeeding in Early Care and Education
What's New: Supporting Breastfeeding in Early Care and Education

Research overwhelmingly shows that exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and continued breastfeeding for at least a year or longer, dramatically improves health outcomes for children and their mothers. But, what about those mothers who return to work while their child is still an infant? How can the early care and education setting support the continuation of breastfeeding for these families? Answer: Lots of ways!

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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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October 24, 2014
NEW RESEARCH: "Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to...
NEW RESEARCH: "Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition..."


Association between air toxics, childhood autism
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Children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers' pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition, according to the preliminary findings of an investigation of American chil…
October 23, 2014
This year, the Safe to Sleep® campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary! In the 2...
This year, the Safe to Sleep® campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary! In the 2 decades since the program began, the U.S. rate of SIDS has dropped by more than 50%.

FYI: The NRC has a collection of safe sleep-related #CFOC3 standards in one handy collection: http://nrckids.org/index.cfm/products/safe-sleep-practices-and-sidssuffocation-risk-reduction/


Safe to Sleep Celebrates 20 Years - Releases Infographics and Resources | Safe to Sleep |...
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October 21, 2014
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: 5.5.0.7: Storage of Plastic Bags NOTE: Stepp...
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: 5.5.0.7: Storage of Plastic Bags

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: Plastic bags, whether intended for storage, trash, diaper disposal, or any other purpose, should be stored out of reach of children.

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

#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.


5.5.0.7 - Storage of Plastic Bags
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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.