The goal of this toolkit is to provide best practices for child care environments that instill healthy and safe behavior for children beginning at birth to five years old.
Topics are guided by current national, state, and local standards that can also be used by Family Child Care Home providers. (These are best practice standards only, thus state licensing regulations should be observed.)
Child Care Provider General Resources
- Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs- a collection of 686 national standards that represent the best practices, based on evidence, expertise, and experience, for quality health and safety policies and practices for today's early care and education settings.
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Future: Child Care Provider Tools—Nemours Children's tools to help children get a healthy start in subjects such as nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and more.
- Family Child Care Resources—Nemours Children's tools to help children in Home Family Child Care settings get a healthy start in subjects such as nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and more.
- Nutrition and Physical Activity in Child Care — eXtension articles on subjects such as nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and more.
- Help your preschooler eat well, be active, and grow up healthy! - ChooseMyPlate resources on Preschool aged growth, nutrition, feeding behavior, physical activity, and food safety
- Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center’s 10 Steps to a Healthier You! - the Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System, First5, and the Healthier Kids Foundation has developed the following 10 steps infographic for making simple, healthy changes for your family.
- Early Care and Education Physical Activity and Nutrition Resources—a resource site for Early Care and Education provided by the California Department of Public Health
Please contact the Child Care Health Consultant at (408) 937-2250 or [email protected] with any child care provider health questions or interest in joining the Santa Clara County Public Health Child Care Provider listserv to receive up-to-date best practice health and safety information.
Child Care Health Consultant