Caring For Our Children, Third Edition - Paperback

Caring For Our Children, Third Edition - Paperback
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Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, Third Edition

The 3rd edition contains guidelines on the development and evaluation of the health and safety of children in all types of early care and education setting centers and family child care homes. Paperback. 579 pages.

Features 10 chapters of 686 standards and 39 appendices:

  • Chapter 1: Staffing
  • Chapter 2: Program Activities for Healthy Development
  • Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection
  • Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service
  • Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
  • Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation
  • Chapter 7: Infectious Diseases
  • Chapter 8: Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities
  • Chapter 9: Administration
  • Chapter 10: Licensing and Community Action

Key areas of change include:

  • Use of early childhood mental health consultants and early education consultants
  • Monitoring children's development and obtaining consent for screening
  • Positive behavior management
  • Limiting screen time
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Swaddling
  • Healthy eating
  • Encouraging breastfeeding
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Sun safety and sunscreen
  • Integrated pest management
  • Influenza control
  • Environmentally friendly settings and use of least toxic products

Updated and new appendices including:

  • Creating plan for children with special health care needs
  • Helmet safety
  • Helping children in foster care make successful transitions
  • Medication administration forms
  • A poster on encouraging breastfeeding in early care and education programs
  • Authorization for emergency medical/dental care
  • Healthier eating as shown in the USDA MyPlate, which replaces MyPyramid to support healthier food choices


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