About the Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program


 

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) is a national program that partners with child care professionals to eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards found within or around child care facilities. Forty-two percent of young children spend at least 35 hours a week in some form of child care. Therefore, creating an environmentally healthy early learning environment is key to the health of our nation’s children. Emerging science is linking chemicals commonly found in child care settings to asthma, lower IQ, and developmental disabilities. Environmental exposures can cause, worsen, or contribute to these conditions. Children are at risk, because their systems are still developing; and, their behaviors, such as hand to mouth and crawling on the floor, increase their exposure.

 

Through the EHCC endorsement, child care facilities (center and family child care) qualify as “Eco-Healthy” by complying with 24 of 30 simple, free or low-cost environmental health best practices. These changes immediately benefit the well-being of young children. 

 

Join us as we work to improve the environmental health of child care facilities!

 

 As one endorsed provider states, "[The EHCC endorsement] is something that can make a big difference and is easily doable. The health and safety of children in my home is of utmost importance." Click HERE to read more provider comments on the value of EHCC endorsement.

The checklist is the core of EHCC.  Download the EHCC English/Spanish checklist.

 

Receive monthly Eco Hot Tips from Eco-Healthy Child Care® by clicking HERE!

 

It’s simple! Here’s how it works:

The Eco-Healthy Child Care® program endorses providers who comply with at least 24 of 30 best practice techniques.

We offer child care providers training and marketing via our website, newsletters and other media outlets. We work hard to get providers the credit and support they deserve.  Many of our materials can be downloaded for free. Our factsheets are also available in Spanish.

We encourage parents to choose Eco-Healthy Child Care® facilities.

 

It’s award-winning!

Recipient of the Inaugural Innovation Award by the National Environmental Health Association, 2013.

Recipient of the Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award in 2006 from the U.S. EPA.

Recipient of the 2009-2010 Childcare and School IPM Recognition Award from the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

 

It’s easy to be Eco-Healthy!

That’s why more than 2,200 child care facilities serving thousands of children in the U.S., Canada and Australia have already been Eco-Healthy endorsed!

 

EHCC National Advisory Committee and Science Task Force

The EHCC National Advisory Committee (NAC) and EHCC Science Task Force provide guidance and scientific support to the EHCC program.  Since 2008, the NAC has ensured the growth, development, and rapid adoption of the EHCC program. Leaders of both state and national child care agencies and national children’s environmental health organizations comprise this committee. EHCC’s Science Task Force, a committee of nationally renowned pediatricians, toxicologists, and other children’s environmental health experts, provide advice on the EHCC curriculum and related resources with regard to the latest scientific research. Click here to view our NAC members, and here to view our Science Task Force members.

 

For more information on Eco-Healthy Child Care®, contact:

Hester Paul

National Director for Eco-Healthy Child Care®

 

 Eco-Healthy Child Care® is a program of the Children's Environmental Health Network originally created by the Oregon Environmental Council. 

The Children's Environmental Health Network is not liable for any health and safety violation that may be witnessed at an Eco-Healthy Child Care® facility.  This program encourages best practices and policies.  It is the responsibility of each facility to follow basic child care licensing and rating standards. 

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