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Protecting Children's Health and Safety

Licensing and other regulatory systems establish health and safety standards to ensure the well-being of children in all early care and education settings. Monitoring and enforcement of standards, emergency preparedness procedures, and services that support children’s health and wellness can protect children from injury and illness. The following resources provide additional information about protecting children’s health and safety.

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Interpretive guides for their child care licensing regulations generally help child care licensing staff understand the purpose of licensing requirements and the methods they should use to assess facilities’ compliance with the requirements.

This presentation at the 2016 National Association for Family Child Care’s Family Child Care Institute included a dialogue about the various types of state, national, and federal standards that providers are required to meet.

On December 1, 2016, the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance hosted a webinar about coordinated monitoring in early care and education. The webinar highlighted the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture Joint Statement on...

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is a repository of state and territory licensing regulations and agency contact information.

This brief provides an overview of building and physical premises safety for child care settings. It is one in a series of nine that address health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of transportation requirements for center-based and home-based child care settings.

This brief outlines handling and storing hazardous materials in child care settings. It is one in a series of nine that addresses health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of the prevention of and response to food allergy reactions for center-based and home-based child care settings....

This brief, one in a series of nine addressing health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, provides an overview of health and safety training requirements for center-based and home-based child care settings.

This brief provides an overview of emergency preparedness and response planning for child care settings. It is one in a series of nine that addresses health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.