What’s New: Is Your ECE Program Prepared for an Emergency?
What’s New: Is Your ECE Program Prepared for an Emergency?

The only way to prepare for disasters or emergencies is to consider various worst case or unique scenarios, and to develop contingency plans. By brainstorming and thinking through a variety of “what if...” situations and developing records, protocols/procedures, and checklists, facilities will be better able to respond to an unusual emergency or disaster situation. Are you prepared?

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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.

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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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November 26, 2014
Everyone at the NRC wishes you a safe, healthy, and joyous Thanksgiving tomorrow...
Everyone at the NRC wishes you a safe, healthy, and joyous Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Please note that our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. We'll be back on Monday, December 1!
November 25, 2014
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: Standard 9.2.4.5: Emergency and Evacuation Dril...
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: Standard 9.2.4.5: Emergency and Evacuation Drills/Exercises Policy

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:
The facility should have a policy documenting that emergency drills/exercises should be regularly practiced for geographically appropriate natural disasters and human generated events such as:
a. Fire, monthly;
b. Tornadoes, on a monthly basis in tornado season;
c. Floods, before the flood season;
d. Earthquakes, every six months;
e. Hurricanes, annually;
f. Threatening person outside or inside the facility;
g. Rabid animal;
h. Toxic chemical spill;
i. Nuclear event.

All drills/exercises should be recorded. Please see Standard 9.4.1.16: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Drill Record for more information.

A fire evacuation procedure should be approved and certified in writing by a fire inspector for centers, and by a local fire department representative for large and small family child care homes, during an annual on-site visit when an evacuation drill is observed and the facility is inspected for fire safety hazards.

Depending on the type of disaster, the emergency drill may be within the existing facility such as in the case of earthquakes or tornadoes where the drill might be moving to a certain location within the building (basements, away from windows, etc.) Evacuation drills/exercises should be practiced at various times of the day, including nap time, during varied activities and from all exits. Children should be accounted for during the practice.

The facility should time evacuation procedures. They should aim to evacuate all persons in the specific number of minutes recommended by the local fire department for the fire evacuation, or recommended by emergency response personnel.

Cribs designed to be used as evacuation cribs, can be used to evacuate infants, if rolling is possible on the evacuation route(s).

The rationale, comments, related #CFOC3 standards, and references can be found here: http://bit.ly/1A6pa4C.

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


9.2.4.5 - Emergency and Evacuation Drills/Exercises Policy
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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.
November 24, 2014
From ZERO TO THREE: A new QRIS resource.
From ZERO TO THREE: A new QRIS resource.


Timeline Photos
NEW RESOURCE: The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has just released "Supporting Babies Through QRIS: A Self-Assessment Tool for U.S. States and Other Jurisdictions". The tool is designed to help states and other jurisdictions identify strengths, opportunities, and gaps that exist in a coordinated system of quality improvement for programs serving infants, toddlers, and their families. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1pc3Ohp