Key Resources for Early Education and Child Care Professionals

Healthy Child Care America Flyer: A flyer to promote the various HCCA activities

American Academy of Pediatrics Resource List: A list of helpful Web sites, publications, and articles

Health and Safety E-News: An electronic newsletter for caregivers and teachers

Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Online Module: A FREE course for child care providers


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Resources for Coping with Traumatic Events:

AAP Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings

The AAP has assembled a collection of resources to help parents, teachers, students, and schools cope with the aftermath of school shootings. Additional resources are provided on promoting mental health, school safety and violence prevention. Contact your pediatrician for more information.

Talking to Children about Disasters

Children can cope more effectively with a disaster when they feel they understand what is happening and what they can do to help protect themselves, family, and friends. Provide basic information to help them understand, without providing unnecessary details that may only alarm them.

Responding to Children's Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis

This includes tips for parents and other caregivers.

Related Policy Statement:

The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress

External Resources:

SAMHSA's Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events Web site

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)

Coping With Crisis: Tips for Parents and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)

Coping with Crisis: Helping Children With Special Needs (National Association of School Psychologists)

Dealing with a Death in School (National Association of School Psychologists)

A Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools (National Center for Crisis Management)

School crisis guide: Helping and healing in a time of crisis (National Education Association)

Alabama Department of Public Health Video and Resources

This video features David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, a member of the SODBP and AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Committee.

"Supporting Children's Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of a Disaster: Pediatric Pearls" at



Caring for Our Children
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition
This manual (a joint publication of the AAP, NRC, and the American Public Health Association) contains national health and safety recommendations and guidelines for children in family-and center-based child care programs. The entire text of the manual can be viewed, searched, or downloaded online. Order from the AAP Bookstore here.

Managing Infectious Diseases

Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide, 3rd Edition
Incorporating content from Caring for Our Children, the AAP Red Book®, and color images from the Visual Red Book on CD-ROM, this quick reference guide is an essential resource for all caregivers, teachers, and health professionals who work to prevent, identify, and respond to the most common childhood infectious diseases. Written in concise, non-technical language and spiral-bound for easy use, the guide provides a valuable new tool to help caregivers and teachers handle child illness and communicate with health care professionals and parents. Reference sheets for 50 common infectious diseases and conditions, exclusion guidelines, and relevant forms, charts, and letters are included. Available as an AAP eBook.
Managing Chronic Health Needs Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide

This new guide helps caregivers and teachers face the challenges of caring for children with chronic medical conditions and special health care needs.

This manual is organized similarly to the popular Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide, providing more than 35 quick-access fact sheets on specific conditions like allergies, autism, and seizures. Available as an AAP eBook.

Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTS)
PedFACTS is an educational program developed by the AAP to prepare caregivers and teachers to appropriately recognize and respond to the ill or injured child. Materials for caregivers/teachers and instructors are available. PedFACTS is available in a DVD, VHS, or print version.




Model Child Care Health Policies

Model Child Care Health Policies PDF Document
The 4th edition of the Pennsylvania AAP Early Childhood Linkage System (ECELS) Model Child Care Health Policies is available for download. These policies were created from over 100 child care policies that were submitted to a team of pediatric nurses. They have been revised according to comments from child care providers and health care professionals.

Purchase this publication from the NAEYC.


More Useful Resources

Environmental Protection Agency: Healthy Child Care

This Web site was developed with three target audiences in mind: child care providers, parents, and state and local agencies; the information it contains is arranged to be easily accessible for these three distinct audiences.

On the web site you will find links to a wealth of information (fact sheets, PPTs, trainings, assessment tools, reports, prevention and intervention guidance, etc.) on asthma, chemical hazards, environmental tobacco smoke, green cleaning, indoor air quality, lead, mercury, mold, pesticides and plastics. We hope you find this website useful and welcome your suggestions on how it can be improved.


For an extensive list of resources, visit the Resource Library.


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