Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.5 Storage Areas

5.5.0 Storage and Labeling of Personal Articles

The facility should provide separate storage areas for each child’s and staff member’s personal articles and clothing. Personal effects and clothing should be labeled with the child’s name. Bedding should be labeled with the child’s full name, stored separately for each child, and not touching other children’s personal items (1,2).

If children use the following items at the child care facility, those items should be stored in separate, clean containers and should be labeled with the child’s full name:

  1. Individual cloth towels for bathing purposes;
  2. Toothbrushes;
  3. Washcloths; and
  4. Combs and brushes (1).

Toothbrushes, towels, and washcloths should be allowed to dry when they are stored and not touching (1).

This standard prevents the spread of organisms that cause disease and promotes organization of a child’s personal possessions. Lice infestation, scabies, and ringworm are common infectious diseases in child care. Providing space so personal items may be stored separately helps to prevent the spread of these diseases.
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Sharing of Personal Articles Prohibited Labeling, Storage, and Disposal of Medications Sleeping Equipment and Supplies
  1. Aronson, S. S., T. R. Shope, eds. 2017. Managing infectious diseases in child care and schools: A quick reference guide, pp. 43-48. 4th Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics. School Health In: Kimberlin DW, Brady MT, Jackson MA, Long SS, eds. Red Book: 2018 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 31st Edition. Itasca, IL:  American Academy of Pediatrics; 2018: 138-146