Category: Safety

Guest Blog: National Poison Prevention Week Isn’t About Removing Everything that Could Be Toxic

Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury death in the United States, and the number of children who die from poisoning has more than doubled since 1999. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System’s 2015 Annual Report, just under half of exposure cases managed by poison centers involved children… Read more »

Flu Season is Still Here: Protect Yourself and the Children in Your Care

With daylight savings time here, you may think that flu season has passed; that is not necessarily the case. Although spring is near, colds and the flu can still affect all of us. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the 2016-17 flu season has been moderate and is expected to continue for several… Read more »

Free Webinar: How Child Care Programs Can Support Immunization

Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to present the following free webinar: How Child Care Programs Can Support Immunization Presented by Dr. Candice Robinson and Jenny Mullen, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 30, 2017 3:00 pm EASTERN, 2:00 pm CENTRAL, 1:00 pm MOUNTAIN, 12:00 pm… Read more »

Take Action Against an Undetectable Gas: It’s National Radon Action Month

This month we are acknowledging National Radon Action Month. We encourage you to test your home and workplace for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

Smoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom. Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working… Read more »

Getting Serious About Fire Safety

Over 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States last year. Fires have a significant impact on children, parents and child care providers. On average, every day 293 children are injured and at least one child dies from fire. Each year approximately 325 fires occur in child care centers. As we focus on fire… Read more »

Summary of CCDF Final Rule Now Available

Last month, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final rule for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) based on the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). This final rule updates CCDF regulations for the first time since 1998. The final CCDF rule includes regulatory changes on ensuring the health… Read more »

Recovering From Floods

Flooding is one of the leading causes of severe weather related deaths. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Flooding causes an average of $5 billion a year in damage, making it the most costly severe weather event. To recover from flooding events, follow… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: New Briefs Covering CCDBG Health and Safety Topics

Spotlight New Briefs Covering Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Health and Safety Topics The Problem The new health and safety requirements are complicated, and figuring out the implications for individual child care programs can be tough. One Solution The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance just made it easier. The Center recently… Read more »

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