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Key Resources for Families

Is This the Right Place for My Child? 38 Research-based Indicators for High-Quality Care 

  • This is a 24-page booklet for parents, published by the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. It describes the studies that measure high quality child care.
  • It has a 2-page list of questions that parents can use to rate child care programs. All of the questions are based on tests that tell us what is important to each child’s health, safety, and growth. Parents can take a copy of this list when they visit a child care program!

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Caring for Our ChildrenCaring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition

This book has national health and safety standards for children in family-and center-based child care programs. This reference is based on AAP policies on child care health and safety. Print copies of this book can be bought through the AAP Bookstore. The entire text of Caring for Our Children can be seen, searched, and downloaded online.




Managing Infectious DiseasesManaging Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide, 2nd Edition

This guide includes content from Caring for Our Children and the AAP Red Book®. It includes color pictures from the Visual Red Book® on CD-ROM. It has information to help parents, caregivers/teachers, and health professionals agree on how to deal with the most common childhood illnesses. Included are forms, information on 50 illnesses, a symptoms chart, and information on when mildly ill children can stay in care or should be sent home. Available as an AAP eBook.



National Resource Center Information for Parents

The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) has provided resources for parents that include family nutrition and physical activity checklists and tips to find a quality child care program.


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.


AAP Consumer Web site

The only Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians, offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health advice and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content. is divided into multiple, user-friendly sections, including:

  • Ages & Stages: Information on the health issues of infants through adolescents, including interactive content on developmental milestones.
  • Healthy Living: Up-to-date guidance on fitness, sports, oral health, emotional wellness and nutrition.
  • Safety & Prevention: Preparing for health scenarios that occur at home, school and on the go, as well as in-depth information on the immunizations children need to stay healthy.
  • Health Issues: An exhaustive, A-to-Z list of more than 300 health care topics.

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