Caring for Our Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care, third edition, 2011 is the key national reference document that provides standards, rationale, and evidence for guidelines for out-of-home child care. It is available on the Internet from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care at http://www.nrckids.org.  Hard copy version of the book can be purchased from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This entirely online updated guide on the federally supported Child Welfare Information Gateway supports working with parents, caregivers and children to prevent child abuse and neglect. The guide describes protective factors that reduce the risk of child maltreatment, as well as strategies and practices for supporting families. In addition to a directory of national organizations, the guide offers tip sheets on parenting topics in English and in Spanish. Go to the website, and then search for or select the title "Strengthening Families" to access these materials.

Federal law requires that the publication called "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" must be reviewed, updated as necessary and published every 5 years. These recommendations are for individuals who are 2 years of age or older. The guidelines emphasize calorie balance to achieve and sustain a healthy weight, as well as a focus on nutrient-dense foods and beverages. Policy-makers use these guidelines to develop educational materials and carry out nutrition-related programs. Use the weblink, Dietary Guidelines, to access the website of the United States Department of Agriculture for the current guidelines. 12/2012

This set of model environmental health policies is a cross-walk based on the Eco-Healthy Child Care (c) Checklist items, matched for each topic with the corresponding fact sheets, Pennsylvania Reference Sheets and Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition standards. The PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics adapted the text of these policies from the corresponding text in Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition, 2013. The document was prepared as a tool for the Pennsylvania Healthy & Green initiative implementedby the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning. 7/25/2013

Brochure that describes the role of a sanitarian or food safety consultant for early education and child care programs. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012

This pamphlet describes how to find a child care health consultant to provide technical assistance and instruction on health and safety for staff and families. The text of the brochure also addresses how to assess the knowledge, skills, and work of health professionals who provide health and safety consultation and professional development for early childhood programs. Thiis information can be used by early educators, health consultants, policy makers and others to define and discuss the role of health consultants. Updated 4/22/09. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2017

Many children who are enrolled in early education and child care programs have chronic health problems or special health needs.  In the United States, 14% of all children have such conditions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools  to help teachers and caregivers understand these conditions and work with health care professionals to be sure children who have them stay well. The book explains how to develop specific Care Plans for educational settings. One section offers information about types of health professionals who might be involved in a child's care. Half the book is devoted to condition-specific Quick Reference Sheets and sample forms.   To order this book, go to the AAP bookstore at www.aap.org. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012.

The fourth editon, released in 2016,  of this handy reference about how to prevent and manage infection in group care settings for children can be purchased from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the national organization of pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals.  The fourth edition has been completely reviewed and updated to reflect the latest recommendations from Caring for Our Children and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Red Book:  2015 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. It includes new Quick Reference Sheets on Norovirus, MRSA, and Clostridium difficile ("C diff"). Revised 11/30/16.

The PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics published the 5th edition of Model Child Care Health Policies in October 2013. Significantly revised and updated, the new edition is a practical tool for adoption and implementation of best practices for health and safety in group care settings for young children. This edition replaces the previously published version and updates of individual policies that were posted on the ECELS website. ECELS encourages early education and child care professionals to adapt the model policies as site-specific documents that fit their programs. Two formats are available: one replicates the hard copy publication. The other format, posted 12-12-2014, has form fields that allow users to insert their site-specific details directly into the PDF document.