What’s New: Celebrate National Handwashing Awareness Week All Month!
What’s New: Celebrate National Handwashing Awareness Week All Month!

National Handwashing Awareness Week is December 7-13, 2014. “Handwashing is like a 'do-it-yourself' vaccine…” (CDC, 2014). Oooo, we love that! It’s probably no news to you that hand hygiene is the most effective way to reduce the spread of infection. Many studies have shown that improperly cleansed hands are the primary carriers of infections. For this reason, we are celebrating the difference handwashing makes for the entire month! 

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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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December 18, 2014
Dear EARLY HEAD START/HEAD START Colleagues: We are working on a new resource s...
Dear EARLY HEAD START/HEAD START Colleagues:
We are working on a new resource specific to caring for children with special needs. WE NEED YOUR INPUT so we can tailor it to YOU! Will you please take 1-2 minutes to answer this short, anonymous four-question survey? Feel free to share this survey with your colleagues. Thank you!


SHORT SURVEY: Part Two: Caring for Children with Special Needs in Early Head Start/Head Start...
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The NRC is developing a new Caring for our Children, 3rd Edition collection specific to caring for children with special health care needs and disabilities. You responses will help inform this new resource, expected April 2015.
December 16, 2014
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: Standard 3.2.2.3: Assisting Children with Hand...
TUESDAY #SS3 STANDARD HIGHLIGHT: Standard 3.2.2.3: Assisting Children with Hand Hygiene

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:

Caregivers/teachers should provide assistance with handwashing at a sink for infants who can be safely cradled in one arm and for children who can stand but not wash their hands independently. A child who can stand should either use a child-height sink or stand on a safety step at a height at which the child’s hands can hang freely under the running water. After assisting the child with handwashing, the staff member should wash his or her own hands. Hand hygiene with an alcohol-based sanitizer is an alternative to handwashing with soap and water by children over twenty-four months of age and adults when there is no visible soiling of hands (1).

The rationale, comments, related #CFOC3 standards, and references can be found here: http://bit.ly/15MVo7I.

#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.


3.2.2.3 - Assisting Children with Hand Hygiene
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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.
December 15, 2014
Dear Colleagues, We are working on a new resource specific to caring for childre...
Dear Colleagues, We are working on a new resource specific to caring for children with special needs. WE NEED YOUR INPUT so we can tailor it to YOU! Will you please take 1-2 minutes to answer this short, anonymous four-question survey? Thank you!


SHORT SURVEY: Caring for Children with Special Needs National Resource Center for Health and...
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