Eco-Healthy Child Care®

Eco-Healthy Child Care® is a national program, managed by the Children’s Environmental Health Network, that partners with child care professionals to eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards found in and 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 well-being of our nation’s children. Emerging science is linking chemicals commonly found in child care settings to allergies, asthma, developmental disabilities and cancer. Environmental exposures can cause, worsen, or contribute to these conditions. Children are at risk because their bodies are still developing, and because crawling, oral exploration, and other behaviors increase their exposure.
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  • Health
  • Pre-K, K-2
Art and craft supplies can contain toxic ingredients that, when used or stored in a play area, create a risk to the health and well-being of children...
  • Health
  • Pre-K, K-2
This fact sheet discusses the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, and how some chemicals in cleaning and disinfection products...
  • Health
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5
From high school athletic fields to playgrounds, artificial turf fields and crumb rubber infill are now commonly found playing surfaces in the United...
  • Health
  • Preschool
Poor air quality affects health, and has been linked to decreased lung function, asthmatic and allergic reactions, bronchitis, emphysema, certain...
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  • Preschool
Children may be exposed to pesticides by playing on floors, lawns, and play areas; eating pesticide-treated foods; or by handling treated pets. Even...
  • Health
  • Preschool
Household furnishings can contain toxic materials such as formaldehyde and flame retardants. Formaldehyde can be irritating to the eyes, skin, and...
  • Health
  • Preschool
Arsenic is a toxic chemical that can be found in pre-2005 playground sets, picnic tables, benches and decks as well as contaminated drinking water...
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  • Preschool
Asbestos is a carcinogen and is linked to the fatal lung diseases of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Children are particularly vulnerable...
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  • Preschool
Built environments include the buildings, sidewalks, streets, play structures and other human-created spaces around us. The built environment is...
  • Health
  • Preschool
Almost 1 in 4 preschoolers are either overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. This fact sheet provides easy-to-implement strategies to ensure...