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Healthy Child Care
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High quality child care is essential for our children, our families and our society.


Childhood care and education (CCE) providers play a key role in children’s lives. Healthy, safe and nurturing CCE environments and a skilled CCE workforce using best practices can preserve, protect and promote children’s health and well-being and build a foundation for lifelong health and learning.

When CCE is healthy, families can work, go to school and participate in their community assured that their children’s needs are met, and their community will have a healthier future.



Regular bleach concentration has changed

Know your bleach concentration and mix it up right!

Bleach is often mixed with water to sanitize and disinfect child care facilities. It is now stronger and may expose children and staff to more chemicals than necessary if mixed using the old recipe. If you are using regular bleach in your child care facility, read about the new recipe, download posters and cards and find answers to frequently asked questions about bleach.

ALERT - The posters (English and Spanish), and the Spanish cards have been updated as of 5/2014. Please recycle previous versions.

Oregon Kids: Healthy and Safe

Oregon Kids: Healthy and Safe (OKHS) is a training and online resource that early care and education professionals can use to provide healthy and safe environments and practices for children in their care.

Learn more.


September is National Preparedness Month

Get help to protect children and staff in child care by planning and being ready for an emergency or disaster at Let's Get Ready!


Flu season is here again!

Don't get it and don't give it to anyone. Prevent the spread of flu by clicking here for information and resources for child care and families.


The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation 

This documentary explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning, and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. It seems very relevant to public health and childhood care and education audiences.