Health and Safety Resources

The health and safety of young children is of paramount importance in early childhood programs and family child care homes. To ensure the well-being of all children, Rhode Island requires staff at all licensed programs complete an annual health and safety training.

The Center offers the following resources to help early childhood programs and educators in Rhode Island increase their understanding of evidence-based practices that keep children healthy and safe.

Health and Safety Online Training Modules

The Center has developed several online learning modules focused on health and safety topics to help educators and providers fulfill state training requirements. These modules provide information about health, safety, nutrition, and physical activity standards and best practices described in the state’s child care licensing regulations. You can access the Health and Safety Overview Modules and Health and Safety Nutrition and Physical Activity Modules on this site.

Healthy States: Health and Safety Training Toolkit

This toolkit, created by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, provides up-to-date, research-informed resources and practices that program leaders can use to develop health and safety trainings. The toolkit also includes resources for states to use in health and safety trainings (e.g. online modules, training materials, webinars, and other written and online resources). Find up-to-date research- and science-informed resources and practices.

Link: eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/healthy-states-health-safety-training-toolkit

Keep Children Safe Using Active Supervision

This set of resources helps programs think systematically about child supervision so they create safe, positive learning environments for all children. Use this link to access information about setting up environments; actively supervising infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; and establishing systems to support child supervision.

Link: eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/safety-practices/article/keep-children-safe-using-active-supervision

Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Health and Safety Requirements Briefs

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance developed a set of nine briefs to address health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The briefs can be of value to administrators and staff in child care centers and family child care homes who are seeking to improve health and safety within their learning environments. If you are in this role, the first sections of the briefs are most relevant to you—they provide an overview of the federal requirements specific to the topic, and explain the alignment to the Caring for Our Children standards.

The other sections of the briefs provide information on overall trends in child care licensing requirements and give examples from various states. Licensing administrators and CCDF administrators may find these sections helpful as they begin to assess and consider future revisions to state standards for both licensed and license-exempt providers.

To access the full set of briefs, go to childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/resource/briefs-about-health-and-safety-topics.

Health and Safety Resources by Topic

Select each topic below to access links to evidence-based resources developed by national and state organizations and government agencies focused on the health and safety of young children.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion (CDC) Immunization Schedule
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html

Clean Hands Save Lives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Healthy Futures: Improving Health Outcomes for Young Children, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-child-care/Pages/Healthy-Futures.aspx

Healthy Futures: Bug Busting in Early Care and Education Settings, AAP Online Module
shop.aap.org/bug-busting-in-early-care-and-education-settings/

American SIDS Institute
www.sids.org

Safe Sleep for Babies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/safesleep/index.html

How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained, American Academy of Pediatrics
www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx

What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like? (RI Department of Health)
English language: www.health.ri.gov/publications/factsheets/SafeSleepEnvironment.pdf
Spanish language: www.health.ri.gov/otherlanguages/spanish/publications/factsheets/SafeSleepEnvironment.pdf

Healthy Futures: Medication Administration in Early Care and Education Settings, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Online Module
shop.aap.org/medication-administration-in-early-care-and-education-settings/

Medication Safety, American Academy of Pediatrics
healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/default.aspx

Medication Safety Program: Up and Away Initiative
upandaway.org/

Tips to Prevent Poisoning, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Poisoning/preventiontips.htm

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/food-allergy-anaphylaxis-emergency-care-plan

Keeping Students with Food Allergies Safe at School, Kids with Food Allergies (KFA)
www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/page/planning-for-school.aspx

Managing Food Allergies in Early Care Settings, Food Allergy Management and Prevention Plan (FAMPP)
www.foodallergy.org/sites/default/files/migrated-files/file/preschool-webinar-slides.pdf

Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/foodallergies/pdf/13_243135_A_Food_Allergy_Web_508.pdf

Resources for Safe Playgrounds, Head Start Early Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/facilities/article/resources-safe-playgrounds

Hazard Mapping for Early Care and Education Programs, ECLKC
eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/safety-practices/article/hazard-mapping-early-care-education-programs

Playground Information to Use with the Environment Rating Scales
www.ersi.info/PDF/playground%20revised%207-31-18.pdf

Keeping Children Safe: Injury Prevention in Early Care and Education Settings, American Academy of Pediatrics Online Module
shop.aap.org/keeping-children-safe-injury-prevention-in-early-care-and-education-settings/

Shaken Baby Syndrome Fast Facts, The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
thinkfirst.org/sites/default/files/SBS%20Fast%20Factsf_0.pdf

Preventing Abuse Head Trauma in Children, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/Abusive-Head-Trauma.html

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
www.dontshake.org/

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/index.html

Preventing Child Maltreatment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/cm_prog_activities_guide-a.pdf

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway
www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/

Multihazard Planning for Childcare Online Course, Federal Emergency Management Agency
training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=is-36

Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Early Childhood Education Providers, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
www.acf.hhs.gov/ohsepr/information-for-providers

Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/emergency-preparedness-manual-early-childhood-programs

Rhode Island Child Care Emergency Preparedness Plan 2018, Rhode Island Department of Human Services
center-elp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/RI-Child-Care-Emergency-Preparedness-Plan-2018.pdf

Protecting Children from Pesticides: Information for Parents, American Academy of Pediatrics
www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Protecting-Children-from-Pesticides-Information-for-Parents.aspx

Carbon Monoxide, Safe Kids Worldwide
www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/carbon-monoxide

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/about/program.htm

Daycare and School Safety, American Association of Poison Control Centers
aapcc.org/prevention/daycare-school-poison-safety

Child Passenger Safety: Get the Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Child_Passenger_Safety/CPS-Factsheet.html

Safety and Prevention on the Go, American Academy of Pediatrics
English: www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/default.aspx
Spanish: www.healthychildren.org/Spanish/Paginas/default.aspx

Child Protective Services, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
www.dcyf.ri.gov/child-protective-services/

The Role of Professional Child Care Providers in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect, U.S. Department of Human Services
www.childwelfare.gov/pubpdfs/preventingcan.pdf

Darkness to Light 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children
www.d2l.org/education/5-steps/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Child Abuse Prevention
www.cdc.gov/features/healthychildren/index.html

Healthy Active Living, Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/nutrition/article/healthy-active-living

Choose My Plate, U.S. Department of Agriculture
www.choosemyplate.gov/

Child and Adult Care Food Program, United States Department of Agriculture
www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/child-and-adult-care-food-program

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)
gonapsacc.org/

Healthy Kids, Healthy Future
healthykidshealthyfuture.org/

Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/

Learn the Signs. Act Early. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center Physical Activity Resources
eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/browse/keyword/physical-activity

Head Start Body Start
www.smartstart.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/HeadStartBodyStart_Calendar.pdf

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