ERIC Number: ED384408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs.
American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.; National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Washington, DC.; American Academy of Pediatrics, Evanston, IL.
The health and safety standards presented in this document represent the consensus of many practitioners about good practice in child care. The standards are intended to guide a wide audience such as caregivers, public health professionals, licensing agencies, departments of education, and parents. Standards directed to facilities appear in chapters 1 through 8. Recommendations to federal, state, and local organizations and to entities other than facilities are in chapter 9. For each standard presented in chapters 1 through 8, a rationale column explains the intent of and the need for the standard, and also serves as an educational tool. A comments column includes other explanatory information relevant to the standard. These 8 chapters present over 44 standards for the following areas of child care practice: (1) staffing; (2) activities for healthy development; (3) health protection and health promotion; (4) nutrition and food service; (5) facilities, supplies, equipment, and transportation; (6) infectious diseases; (7) children with special needs; and (8) administration. Chapter 9 presents seven recommendations, with discussion, for licensing and community action. Thirty-nine appendices, with references, include additional standards and recommendations, sample forms, and suggested plans and policies. A glossary of terms is also included. Each chapter contains references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Certification, Child Caregivers, Child Health, Child Safety, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disease Control, Early Childhood Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Quality Control, Special Needs Students, Standards
National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse, 8201 Greenboro Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Maternal and Child Health Services.
Authoring Institution: American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.; National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Washington, DC.; American Academy of Pediatrics, Evanston, IL.