Key Resources for Health 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

Early Education and Child Care in Action: An electronic newsletter for health care professionals

PowerPoint Presentations
PowerPoint presentations on various health and safety topics that can be customized to meet participants' needs

Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Child Care Speaker's Kit and FREE Online Module
Health care professionals can receive credit for completing the FREE online module.

new Funding Opportunities

Parent Checklist Is This the Right Place for My Child? PDF Document
Finding the right child care is one of the most important challenging decisions that parents make in caring for their young child. Pediatricians can help parents understand the importance of quality when selecting an early education and child care setting. Provide parents with this 2-page checklist at well-child visits so they may evaluate child care programs. Endorsed by the AAP, these 38 questions are based on research about what is important to the child’s health, safety, and development.
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.
The Pediatrician's Role The Pediatricians Role in Promoting Health and Safety in Child Care
With a majority of young children enrolled in out-of-home child care programs, the need for pediatrician expertise and involvement in child care issues has never been greater. This manual is a valuable resource for pediatricians and supports their involvement in early education and child care at 3 levels: within their office practice, in their community or as a health consultant, and as an advocate/educator at the national level, ultimately helping them to promote the health and safety of children in these settings.
Health in Child Care Health in Child Care Manual; 4th Edition
This AAP manual serves as an authoritative, up-to-date, compilation of child care recommendations and resources for pediatricians, family practitioners, public health professionals, child care health consultants, and child care providers. Appendices include sample forms and letters, safety checklists, guidelines for health supervision, a staff health assessment tool, special care plans, and more.

Managing Infectious Diseases

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

hee500 Choosing Quality Childcare: What's Best for Your Family?
Provide this brochure to the families you care for. The brochure highlights child care options in home or outside of the home for children from infancy through adolescence. Included is a checklist of questions families can ask and things to look for during an on-site inspection. An overview is given on various child care options and training for caregivers, and provides a chart of child/staff ratios.

PMOStarter Kit for Community Preceptors includes a section on Early Childhood Education and Care with relevant strategies and resources.

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


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