Caring for Our Children, (CFOC) is a collection of national standards that represent the best practices, based on evidence, expertise, and experience, for quality health and safety policies and practices for today's early care and education settings.
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COVID-19 modifications to CFOC standards are based on current evidence and guidelines. Some COVID-19 modifications may not be adequate for individual programs based on local community transmission levels. COVID-19 modifications are meant to supplement local, tribal, and/or territorial requirements for decreasing transmission and exposure to COVID-19. Programs are encouraged to check with their local public health departments for additional guidance.
Suggested Citation for CFOC Standards Online Database:
American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. CFOC Standards Online Database. Aurora, CO; National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education; 2020. [URL of Standard/Chapter]. Accessed [date].
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Standard 18.104.22.168 Child Care Health Consultants (Last Updated May 21, 2021)
Standard 22.214.171.124 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (Last Updated October 10, 2022)
Standard 126.96.36.199 Daily Staff Health Check (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 188.8.131.52 Parent/Guardian Visits (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 184.108.40.206: Conduct of Daily Health Check (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 220.127.116.11: Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of Children (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 18.104.22.168 Staff Exclusion for Illness (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 22.214.171.124 Socialization During Meals (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 126.96.36.199: Ensuring Access to Fresh Air Indoors (Last Updated March 20, 2023)
Standard 188.8.131.52: Heating and Ventilation Equipment Inspection and Maintenance (Last Updated August 10, 2022)
Standard 184.108.40.206: Storage and Labeling of Personal Articles (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Standard 220.127.116.11 Drop-Off and Pick-Up (Last Updated October 10, 2022)
Standard 18.104.22.168 Child Behavior During Transportation (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
Chapter 7.1 Introduction: How Infections Spread (Last Updated July 28, 2023)
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