Child Care Resources
Health and safety in the early childhood setting requires policies and procedures that are up-to-date with current standards and regulations. Our resources are designed to assist early childhood professionals reduce illness and injury in the child care setting.
Assessments help child care professionals evaluate facility policies and procedures and guide future program development. Assessments may be conducted by the child care health consultant in conjunction with the facility director or done as a self-assessment to improve program practices. Contact us for more information on assessment opportunities.
- Eco-Healthy Child Care Checklist
- Health and Safety Assessment
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Checklist
- Nutritional and Physical Activity Assessment
- Playground Assessment
Policies & Procedures are developed with the goal to prevent illness and injury in the early care setting. A variety of health and safety resources are available to guide child care professionals in the development of program policies.
- Breastfeeding Policy
- Emergency Preparedness Policy Manual
- Emergency Preparedness Policy Manual (Editable version)
- Health Exclusion Policy
- Model Child Care Health Policies
- Pesticide Policy (Download)
- Sun Protection Policy (Download)
Posters provide visual information and reminders for the child care setting. They provide health and safety guidance, such as step-by-step instructions on proper diapering.
- Child Care Weather Watch
- Child Hand Wash Poster
- Childhood Immunization Schedule
- Clean-Sanitize-Disinfect Infographic
- Diapering Poster
- Hand Wash Poster
- Hand Wash Poster - Infant
- Hand Wash Upon Arrival
- Health Exclusion Guide
- Illness Reporting Chart
- Support Breastfeeding Poster
- Toilet Learning Procedure
Templates, Logs, & Forms are provided to assist you with the written documentation needed to safely care for young children in early care and education settings.
- Alternative Training Form
- Asthma Action Plan
- Care Plan for Children with Special Health Needs
- Child Health History
- Child Information Form
- Emergency Drill Log
- Field Trip Attendance Log
- Food Allergy Plan
- Food Temperature Log (Catered)
- Food Temperature Log (Prepared)
- Health and Sanitation Report
- Illness Documentation Form
- Illness Log (Download)
- Infant Sleep Chart
- Infant-Toddler Schedule
- Injury Report Form
- Injury Report Log (Download)
- Staff Training Log (Download)
- Sun Protection Policy (Download)
Fact Sheets are written for child care professionals and parents with a focus on health and safety topics that frequently arise in early care settings.
- Food Safety In Childcare
- Illness Signs and Symptoms Chart
- Non-Poisonous and Poisonous Plants
- Playground Surfacing Depth Chart
- Safe Sleep for Infants in Child Care Programs
- Selecting Sanitizers and Disinfectants for Early Care Programs
Body Fluid Clean Up:
- Body Fluid Clean Up Steps
- Body Fluid Kit Supply List
- CDC Norovirus Factsheet
- "Do Not Enter" Sign
- Body Fluid Training Handout
- LLCHD Body-Blood Cleanup Policy
- Mixing Bleach for Body Fluid Clean Up
- Special Clean Up Bleach Label
- Bleach Pump Poster
- Bleach Training Guide
- Disinfectant Pump Tag
- Disinfectant Label
- Mixing Bleach Handout
- Sanitizer Label
- Sanitizer Pump Tag
- Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is an action based plan designed to help you respond to any emergency situation. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. The Action Plan is followed by all participants, including students, staff, and first responders.
- SRP K12 is a general guide on the Standard Response Protocol for K-12 schools.
- SRP PK-2Pre K to Second Grade Curriculum Workbook was developed for early childhood by Berks County Intermediate Unit, Reading, PA.
- Caring for Our Children ~ The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education in collaboration with the American Academy Of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association, released "Caring for Our Children" National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd edition in 2011.
- Let’s Move Child Care toolkit provides resources for early childhood obesity prevention.
- Teach A Kid to Fish is a non-profit working to prevent and reduce childhood obesity by empowering Lincoln children and families to eat healthy and be active.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a reliable source for the latest health, safety, and disease information.
- Developmental milestones are skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye." Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move. Milestones resources from the CDC are designed to help early childhood professionals and parents learn the signs and act early.
- Illness and disease information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Immunization Schedules for Adults and Children
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a hazard or can injure children.
- Product recalls Information on over 5,000 product recalls and recall alerts using the various searches on this page.
- Public Playground Safety Handbook Recommended guidelines to create safer playground environments.
- Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County works to protect kids from their number one killer—unintentional injury. The coalition is comprised of six Task Forces to address priority injury areas including: child passenger safety, child pedestrian and bicycle safety, sports injury prevention, fire & burn prevention, water safety and home safety.
- California Childcare Health Program (CCHP) CCHP has developed hundreds of educational resources to help early care and education programs stay abreast of best practices. Materials include: Health and Safety Notes; Illness Sheets; Family Fact Sheets; Posters; and Training Curricula.
- King County Child Care Health Program The Child Care Health website offers health promotion and disease prevention information to child care facilities including health policies, immunizations, communicable disease control, nutrition, child development and child behavioral issues.
- Snohomish County Child Care Health Program Illness information and sample parent letters, along with an extensive list of policy and procedures for child care professionals available to download.
- Penn State Better Kid Care Better Kid Care Provides distance training opportunities and educational information on caring for children.