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 Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) in partnership with the Center and ProSolutions Training offers a suite of online training modules that are available on-demand. You can access the Rhode Island 18-hour Approved Health and Safety Pre-Service Training Certificate on this site.
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 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.
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.
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
Clean Hands Save Lives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American SIDS Institute
Safe Sleep for Babies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained, American Academy of Pediatrics
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
Safe Sleep Policy Recommendations for Rhode Island Child Care Providers from the RHode Island Department of Health / Recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud de Rhode Island
Para los Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil, en Cuanto a la Seguridad al Poner los Niños a Dormir
Healthy Futures: Medication Administration in Early Care and Education Settings, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Online Module
Medication Safety, American Academy of Pediatrics
Medication Safety Program: Up and Away Initiative
Tips to Prevent Poisoning, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
Keeping Students with Food Allergies Safe at School, Kids with Food Allergies (KFA)
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Information for Educators
CDC Managing Food Allergies in Schools
Resources for Safe Playgrounds, Head Start Early Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
Hazard Mapping for Early Care and Education Programs, ECLKC
Playground Information to Use with the Environment Rating Scales
Shaken Baby Syndrome Fast Facts, The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
Preventing Abuse Head Trauma in Children, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Preventing Child Maltreatment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway
Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Early Childhood Education Providers, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Rhode Island Child Care Emergency Preparedness Plan 2018, Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Child Care Technical Assistance Network Hazardous Materials Information for Child Care Providers
Protecting Children from Pesticides: Information for Parents, American Academy of Pediatrics
Carbon Monoxide, Safe Kids Worldwide
CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Daycare and School Safety, American Association of Poison Control Centers
Child Passenger Safety: Get the Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Safety and Prevention on the Go, American Academy of Pediatrics
Spanish: En marcha – HealthyChildren.org
Child Protective Services, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
The Role of Professional Child Care Providers in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect, U.S. Department of Human Services
Darkness to Light 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Child Abuse Prevention
Healthy Active Living, Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
Choose My Plate, U.S. Department of Agriculture
We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)
Healthy Kids, Healthy Future
Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
Learn the Signs. Act Early. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center Physical Activity Resources
Head Start Body Start