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Caring for Our Children Basics

Health and Safety Foundations for Early Childhood Education

This handbook from the Administration for Children and Families outlines health and safety guidelines for providers and would be a great resource for someone opening a family child care home.  Caring for our Children Basics represents the minimum health and safety standards experts believe should be in place where children are cared for outside of their homes.

Standards on the following topics are included:

  • Staffing
  • Programs Activities for Healthy Development
  • Health Promotion and Protection
  • Nutrition and Food Service
  • Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
  • Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation
  • Infectious Disease
  • Policies


Caring For Our Children Basics Handbook

This resources was created through the American Academy of Pediatrics; American Public Health Association; National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education; and Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit the website for the Office of the Administration for Children and Families.


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