Model Child Care Health Policies

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.

The editor, Susan Aronson, MD, worked with the help of a national group of reviewers who made valuable contributions to the new edition. The policies are consistent with the 2011, third edition of Caring for Our Children (CFOC3) accessed in the updated version available online at 10/2013. CFOC3 contains the best practice standards for health and safety in early care and education programs. It is a publication of the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association. The National Resource Center organized a group of national experts to select the CFOC3 standards most closely associated with prevention of significant harm and published these as Stepping Stones, 3rd edition (SS3). ECELS created a crosswalk between MCCHP and SS3 for users who want help prioritizing among the broad range of topics. Use the online version of MCCHP and the crosswalk downloads below. If you prefer to work with the hard copy of MCCHP, order it from the American Academy of Pediatrics bookstore. Users of MCCHP may draw from and adapt the model policies to suit their programs using the suggested citation in the forematter of the book. Updated 1/23/14