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  • NC Child
    The mission of NC Child is to advance public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina's children. The organization works statewide to ensure all children are healthy, safe, well-educated, and economically secure by engaging communities, and informing and influencing decision-makers.
  • Smart Start
    Smart Start is a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 75 Local Partnerships. The mission of Smart Start is to advance a high quality, comprehensive, accountable system of care and education for every child beginning with a healthy birth.

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Child Care

  • California Childcare Health Program
    The mission of the California Childcare Health Program is to improve the quality of child care by initiating and strengthening linkages between the health, safety and child care communities and the families they serve. User-friendly educational resources available to help early care and education programs, trainers, Child Care Health Consultants, Child Care Health Advocates and the families they serve stay abreast of best practices.
  • Caring for Our Children (CFOC3)
    National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition. CFOC3 is a collection of 686 national standards that represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies recommended for early care and education settings. The full document and a searchable database are available.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
    Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. Children experiencing homelessness are automatically eligible for Head Start. The ECLKC is a website for the early learning community with the predominant target users being Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.
  • Healthy Child Care America
    HCCA seeks to ensure that all children experience quality child care and early education within a nurturing environment and have a medical home. Its principles are based on the fact that families, child care providers, and health professionals in partnership can promote the healthy development of young children in child care settings and increase access to preventive health services and safe physical environments.
  • Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania
    The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) provides health professional consultation, training, and technical assistance to improve early childhood education programs in Pennsylvania, as well as many of training materials they've developed for child care.
  • National Association for Family Child Care
    NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC)
    Information and resources to promote health and safety for young children in early care and education settings throughout the nation.
  • North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
    The mission of the Divsion is to implement quality standards, increase access for families, and collaborate to promote enhanced service delivery of care and education across the state.
  • North Carolina Licensure Regulations
    Included are North Carolina's: Chapter 110 General Statutes (Law) for Child Care Facilities, Chapter 9 Child Care Rules, and Section .2800 Sanitation of Child Care Centers.
  • North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project
    Collaborative project between the NC Division of Child Development and other institutions of higher education across the state. NCRLAP's purpose is to conduct voluntary assessments for child care centers and homes attempting to earn three or more stars within the NC Star Rated License system.
  • Office of Child Care
    The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

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Chronic Health Conditions

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Allergy and Immunology
    The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology is to ensure that pediatric-aged patients receive the highest quality of care in allergy, asthma, and immunology. Educational information and resources provided.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) For Parents & Kids
    Nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Basics of diabetes treatment for children is covered, including diabetes care at school.
  • Epilepsy Foundation
    The goal of the Epilepsy Foundation is to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services. Programs include activities in schools designed to educate the next generation of Americans about epilepsy -- with the goal to eliminate stigma and discrimination. Programs are also focused on improving epilepsy treatment for persons with epilepsy of all ages, including emphasis on youth and seniors.
  • Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
    The mission of FARE is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies. Guidance provided for managing food allergies in child care and school settings.
  • National Diabetes Education Program
    Federally sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    How Asthma-Friendly Is Your Child-Care Setting? Checklist provided by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. Also available in Spanish.
  • North Carolina Asthma Program
    Information for Healthcare Professionals, including Asthma Curriculum for Child Care Providers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Asthma
    EPA promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. With federal, state and local partners, they are building the nation's capacity to control asthma and manage exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants linked to asthma. Their purpose is to build knowledge and awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with asthma.

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Emergency Preparedness

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Children and Disasters
    Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children's Needs ~ Pediatricians can serve as expert advisors to local, state, and federal agencies and committees and play a key role in disaster and terrorism preparedness with families, children, and their communities.
  • American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross offers resources to help families prepare for natural and human-caused disasters. Resource materials available that can be used to help children in school and home settings to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, respond safely to emergencies and recover from trauma.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    The Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC's primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
  • Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets
    Tip sheets posted on the Head Start ~Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that focus on children's responses to crises and tragic events, as well as ways to help children cope. The resources are available in both Spanish and English.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care
    Emergency preparedness and response (EPR) rules went into effect in North Carolina on July 1, 2015. The rules are designed to assist licensed child care programs to be adequately prepared to deal with the needs of children and others on site in the event of disasters and emergencies. Information is available on the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) website about the rules and the EPR in Child Care training.
  • Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual (2015 Edition)
    The Office of Head Start developed the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition to provide Head Start programs with the latest tools and resources to guide their emergency preparedness planning process. The 2015 Edition is organized around 3 phases of emergency planning: preparedness, response, and recovery. The manual includes links to resources available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Ready.gov to help programs develop, practice and revise their emergency preparedness plans.
  • Keeping Kids Safe From Fire
    The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep children safe from fire. Explore materials to learn more about discussing fire safety for children with parents, teachers and other caregivers.
  • Ready
    Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
  • What Happened to MY World? Helping Children Cope with Natural Disaster and Catastrophe
    Resources and materials from Bright Horizons Family Solutions on children and stress, including suggestions of ways to support children during difficult times.

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Environmental Health

  • Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
    The Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. The Network provides information on the issue of children's environmental health and links to sources of information and resources in the field.
  • Environmental Working Group (EWG)
    Nation's leading environmental health research and advocacy organization - with a mission to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get facts in order to make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. When it comes to chemical exposure, children aren't just miniature adults. Their developing bodies are vulnerable to toxic harm from small doses received at the wrong time. Information provided about arsenic in wood, mercury, lead, Bisphenol A, pesticides and more.
  • Healthy Child Care
    A resource from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for early educators, families and government organizations. Information, resources, and training curricula on asthma, lead, mold, plastics, pesticides, tobacco smoke, and additional environmental health topics.
  • Household Products Database
    The database links over 16,000 consumer brands to health effects from Safety Data Sheets (formerly Material Safety Data Sheets), provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
  • North Carolina Children's Environmental Health Unit
    The CEHU includes three programs that provide guidance and resources on the health of children in North Carolina. The programs are the Child Care Sanitation (CCS) Program, NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), and the School Sanitation Program.
  • North Carolina Healthy Homes
    Healthy Homes provides general information to the public on healthy homes issues, such as asbestos, chemical irritants, lead, mold and moisture, pests and pesticides, radon, and secondhand smoke.
  • Pesticides
    Information and Resources from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Reduce Risk of Poisoning Incidents
  • Protecting Children's Environmental Health
    Learn more from the United States Environmental Protection Agency about children's health, the environment, and how to protect children's environmental health.
  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
    The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
  • Toxic Free Kids
    A program of Toxic Free NC, Toxic Free Kids works with families, child care providers, schools and pest control companies to reduce the amount of pesticides and toxic substances that are used in the places where children live, learn, play and grow. Toxic-Free Kids provides resources for child care providers, including information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

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H1N1 (Swine) Flu

  • 2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
    Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Novel influenza A (H1N1), with guidance and information for special groups - including child care programs. Stay informed!
  • Find a Flu Shot Near You!
    Seasonal flu vaccine is widely available. H1N1 vaccine is being shipped now. States are posting new information every day about availability, distribution to priority groups and where to get vaccinated. Info also available on State planning and preparation efforts, as well as general flu information.
  • KidsHealth H1N1 (Swine) Flu Center
    Medically Reviewed Info for Parents on the 2009 H1N1 Flu
  • Novel H1N1: What You Should Know
    In April 2009 a strain of influenza virus entered the United States that worried public health officials. The strain has variously been labeled 'swine flu,' 'H1N1,' 'novel H1N1,' and 'pandemic H1N1.' Health officials were concerned that this particular virus has the potential to infect virtually everyone in the world.
  • Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs
    The purpose of "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs" is to provide information and communication resources to help center-based and home-based child care programs, Head Start programs, and other early childhood programs implement recommendations from CDC's Guidance on Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Programs Respond to Influenza during the 2009-2010 Influenza Season.
  • Staying Healthy Every Day from Sesame Street
    When both grown-ups and children practice simple everyday actions, it leads to staying healthy and keeping germs away, especially those that can lead to the flu. Young children may not understand exactly how germs spread, but they will understand that there are certain things that they can do to stay healthy, especially when they do them with the adults who care for them during their everyday routines!
  • What Do I Need to Know and Do?
    Information, in English and Spanish, from North Carolina Flu Preparedness. The site lists things that can be done to prevent individuals from catching or spreading H1N1 or seasonal flu. Helpful factsheets and North Carolina contact information is also provided.

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Health

  • "Henry the Hand"
    Handwashing program with the vision of improving health by raising awareness of the role our hands play in the transmission of disease.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
    Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
  • Bright Futures
    National health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Federal agency that provides information to enhance health decisions. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • KidsHealth from the The Nemours Foundation
    Doctor-Approved Health Information about Children from before Birth through Adolescence
  • Monthly National Health Observances Toolkits
    From the National Health Information Center the observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns.
  • North Carolina Division of Public Health: Women's and Children's Health Section
    The mission of the Women's and Children's Health Section (WCH) is to assure, promote and protect the health and development of families with emphasis on women, infants, children and youth. WCH programs place a major emphasis on the provision of preventive health services beginning in the pre-pregnancy period and extending throughout childhood. The Section also administers several programs serving individuals who are developmentally disabled or chronically ill.
  • North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation
    The Foundation served the public and worked with organizations to help ensure that babies in NC live (and thrive) beyond their first birthdays. They designed educational resources, training programs and toolkits to help improve the health of women, support new parents and create a safer environment for infants in their local communities. After 27 years of providing statewide leadership (resulting in a 42% decrease in NC's infant mortality rate), the Foundation closed their doors January 31, 2017. Resources still available, posted on the website.
  • Physical Health
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote physical health, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.

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Immunization

  • 2017 Child, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules
    Immunization Schedules and Tools for Health Care Professionals and Easy-to-Read Schedules for Everyone. Schedules include: Childhood Schedule (birth to 6 years old), Adolescent Schedule (7 to 18 years old), Adult Schedule (19 years and older), and Catch-up Versions.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization
    Provides a directory of national AAP immunization activities and contact information to assist pediatricians and healthcare professionals in answering immunization related questions. Immunization information for parents and clinicians provided.
  • CDC National Immunization Program (NIP)
    A disease-prevention program, NIP provides leadership for the planning, coordination, and conduct of immunization activities nationwide.
  • Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler
    Tool determines the vaccines a child six years or younger needs and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule.
  • Immunize NC ~Child Care Facilities
    Immunization Information for Early Childhood Programs in North Carolina
  • Immunize NC!
    The North Carolina Immunization Branch promotes public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, rubella (German measles), and mumps. Immunization requirements for child care and school entry provided.
  • Vaccinations for Adults ~Never Too Old to Get Immunized!
    Flyer from the Immunization Action Coalition outlines vaccinations that adults may need - and why.

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Inclusion of Children with Special Needs

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
    Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Answers from the U.S. Department of Justice to some of the most frequently asked questions about the ADA
  • Council for Exceptional Children
    The mission of CEC is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
  • Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
    Training and technical assistance resources from Head Start's ECLKC available that offer guidance for early educators and promote early childhood development, teaching, and learning for children with disabilities.
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
    ECTAC supports efforts to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
  • Family Support Network of North Carolina
    The mission of Family Support Network of North Carolina is to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.
  • Head Start Center for Inclusion
    The goal of the Center is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. Visit the Center for training materials, tools for caregivers/teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
  • National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
    NPDCI workd with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.

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Infants and Toddlers

  • 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development
    This version updates and combines the previous Foundations documents (i.e., the 2005 Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies Guiding Their Success, and the 2007 Infant Toddler Foundations: Guidelines for Development and Learning for North Carolina's Infants and Toddlers). The revised Foundations spans birth to age 5 and includes goals, developmental indicators, and strategies in five developmental domains.
  • Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (IT)
    Special collection of Caring For Our Children (CFOC3) standards that address the care and education of infants and toddlers in child care programs.
  • Crib Information Center
    Resources, recalls, safety news, regulations and standards related to cribs, bassinets or play yards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Developmental Milestones
    Pathways outlines developmental milestones that children typically reach from birth through their third birthday. Milestones are sorted by age and topic (motor, sensory, communication, and feeding).
  • Feeding Infants: A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs
    Guide presents information on infant development, nutrition for infants, breastfeeding and formula feeding, preventing tooth decay, feeding solid foods, drinking from a cup, choking prevention, sanitary food preparation and safe food handling, commercially prepared and home-prepared baby food, and some of the Infant Meal Pattern requirements.
  • Healthy Child Care America: Safe Sleep Campaign
    Offers an educational training program for child care health consultants (CCHCs)and other trainers of early (child care) educators that includes a Speaker's Kit and other training materials.
  • Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep & SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care (ITS-SIDS Project)
    On December 1, 2003, the NC SIDS Law 2003-407 (House Bill 152) went into effect. It aims to lower the risks of SIDS in child care. Resources available to child care providers to meet the requirements of this law.
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    Information, resources, and publications available for families, early educators, and health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Zero to Three
    Information provided for parents and professionals to promote the healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.

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Nutrition

  • Fit Source: Physical Activity and Nutrition in Child Care Settings
    Site links child care and afterschool providers to a wide variety of physical activity and nutrition resources. You will find links to activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes, information for parents, and many other downloadable tools that can be used to incorporate physical activity and nutrition into child care and afterschool programs.

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Nutrition and Healthy Weight

  • 2017 New Meal Patterns
    Child care centers and family child care homes on the CACFP program must transition and be in compliance with the revised meal patterns by October 1, 2017. A greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat are components of the new patterns. The standards encourage breastfeeding and better align CACFP with WIC and with other child nutrition programs.
  • Be Active Kids
    Be Active Kids is a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation. This health program for children ages birth to five is available to adults working in child care centers, child care homes, and schools across North Carolina.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling obesity and chronic diseases.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
    CACFP provides nutritious meals to more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults who receive daily care outside of their homes.
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention Resources
    Variety of resources and tools for early child care programs from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Eat Smart, Move More ....North Carolina
    A statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.
  • Farm to Preschool
    An expansion of the national farm to school model, Farm to Preschool encompasses a range of programs and activities. It serves preschools, Head Start, center-based child care, programs in K-12 school districts, nurseries and family child care homes. Goals include: influencing the eating habits of young children while their preferences are forming; creating healthy lifestyles through good nutrition and experiences such as gardening; improving healthy food access at home and within the community; and ultimately influencing policies to address the childhood obesity epidemic through a local food lens.
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center
    FNIC at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.
  • Go NAP SACC!
    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, or NAP SACC program, works with early care and education programs to set preschool children on a lifelong path to healthy eating and activity. Updates include resources for children from birth-5 years, plus a new focus on breastfeeding and infant feeding, screen time, and outdoor play. Go NAP SACC can also tailor tools and recommendations for different child care settings, including family child care homes. Downloadable Go NAP SACC self-assessments are available.
  • Growing Minds ~Farm to School
    The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Growing Minds Farm to School program provides supports and resources to give children opportunities to learn about local food and farms in the classroom, cafeteria, and community. The program includes one or more of the following: edible school gardens, farm field trips, classroom cooking with local food, or locally grown food served or provided via taste test in the cafeteria. It also includes preschool and university / community college settings.
  • Healthy Meals Resource System
    The Healthy Meals Resource System, as USDA's Training and Technical Assistance Component, assists state and local school food service and child care programs in meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Training materials available for child care programs.
  • Kids Eat Smart Move More
    Kids ESMM is a Child Wellness Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the North Carolina Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Kids ESMM mission is to help prevent childhood obesity among young children in CACFP child care settings. All grant activities aim to improve the nutrition and physical activity practices of preschoolers and the adults who care for them.
  • Let's Move!
    [ARCHIVED resources] Let's Move! has a goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Let's Move gives parents the support they need, provides healthier food in schools, helps America's children to be more physically active, and make healthy. affordable food available in every part of the country.
  • Let's Move! Child Care
    A nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care providers to make positive health changes in children, early on, that could last a lifetime. Tools and resources included.
  • North Carolina Nutrition Services Branch
    Activities of "Nutrition NC" promote sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status by reducing the incidence of nutritional risk factors, improving pregnancy outcomes, and hastening recovery from illness and injury through the provision of technical assistance, education and supplemental foods.
  • Nutrition
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote healthy nutrition, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
  • Nutrition.gov
    Gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.

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Outdoor Play and Safety

  • Children and Nature Network
    Created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
  • Connecting Kids and Nature
    Information, tools, and inspiration provided to motivate caregivers and families to get children and themselves outside. The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their children a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world.
  • NC Office of Environmental Education
    Clearinghouse linking people to environmental education materials, facilities, programs and professionals across North Carolina
  • National Program for Playground Safety
    NPPS serves as a national resource for the latest educational and research information on playground safety.
  • Nature-Based Learning and Development
    Nature play is important for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, families, early educators, and communities. New research indicates that children who regularly play in nature are growing up healthy, smart, and happy. Stories from the field show positive examples of Head Start and Early Head Start centers who have found a way to include nature in their daily lives. Resources from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).
  • North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition
    NCCAN!'s goals are to get children and their families to explore, embrace and spend more time outdoors. This encourages the education, mental and physical well-being of all people, especially children, strengthens families, and provides long-term benefits for our society and the natural world.
  • North Carolina Playground Safety Train-the-Trainer
    This website is designed for trainers in North Carolina who are providing playground safety training for early care and education programs - in order for them to meet the NC Child Care Requirements.
  • Playground
    Safety Tips, Resources, and Research Papers from Safe Kids Worldwide
  • The Natural Learning Initiative
    NLI promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ~Playgrounds
    Safety Alerts, Playground Safety Guides, and Additional Resources on Playgrounds in English and Spanish

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Safety

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats: Information for Families
    Information on How to Use Car Safety Seats and Seat Belts Correctly
  • Buckle Up North Carolina
    The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Resource Center provides information on the use of child safety seats and seat belts, occupant restraint laws in North Carolina, as well as training opportunities and statewide resources/contacts.
  • Children's Safety Network: National Injury & Violence Prevention Resource Center
    Resource Center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in state health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents.
  • National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
    The Center is committed to prevent shaken baby syndrome and promote the well-being of infants through the development and implementation of programs, policy and research; and to support and educate families, caregivers and professionals.
  • National Safety Council
    The NSC has the mission to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
  • Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
    Provides a listing by common and scientific name of many of the poisonous plants found in North Carolina, as well as a Poisonous Plant Resource Sheet for Child Care Providers
  • Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
    Statewide, Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Recalls.Gov
    A 'one stop shop' for U.S. government recalls. This online resource provides the latest recall information, a method to report a dangerous product, important safety tips.
  • Safe Kids North Carolina
    The mission of Safe Kids NC is to reduce and prevent accidental childhood injuries birth through age 14.
  • Safe Kids USA
    National non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.
  • Safety Practices
    Resources for early care and education programs that promote safety, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    Committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

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Social and Emotional Health

  • Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health
    Two-volume set considering the mental health of children in a developmental context, presenting information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and providing a tool kit with hands on tools for health professionals and families for use in screening, care management, and health education.
  • Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
    The Center was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. The target audience includes: mental health consultants, Head Start program administrators, Head Start staff, training and technical assistance providers, families. The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website.
  • Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
    CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
  • Mental Health
    Social and emotional development refers to the skills necessary to foster secure attachment with adults and maintain healthy relationships. These skills also help to regulate one's behavior and emotions and develop a healthy concept of personal identity. Positive social and emotional development provides a critical foundation for lifelong development and learning. Resources from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).
  • Social and Emotional Development
    One of the five central developmental domains of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 2015 (HSELOF). Positive social and emotional development in the early years provides a critical foundation for lifelong development and learning. Learn about the ELOF framework, the social and emotional development domain, and the continuum of learning of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood
    Provides and promotes a model of service which exemplifies optimal emotional, social, and cognitive support for young children, their parents, and professionals in the field of child development.

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