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Best Practices

On this page you will find information on best practices for health and safety in child care and education that contribute to high quality care for children. Topics include:



Oregon Child Care Administrative Rules
See OARs related to child care.

Caring for Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs
Health and safety standards for child care. Download this resource from the web or order a paper copy.

Stepping Stones to Caring For Our Children, 3rd Edition
138 essential standards intended to reduce the rate if morbidity and mortality in early care and education settings.

Model Policies

Model Child Care Health Policies

Safe N Sound Child Care Health and Safety Tips (pdf)
Child care health and safety policies based on best practices and created by Multnomah County Health Department for use in early care and education settings

Emergency Preparedness

Fema course IS-366: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
Now published and available in the FEKC and on the Emergency Management Institute.

American Red Cross
First aid and disaster classes, educational materials and supplies

Institute for Business and Home Safety
Educational materials and resources, including a disaster planning toolkit, 1-877-580-8885 

Environmental Health

Eco-Healthy Child Care
A link to help early care and education providers reduce children’s exposure to toxic hazards common to the early learning environment.

Injury Prevention and Response

Safe Kids: Oregon 
Prevention of unintentional injuries to Oregon’s kids

Policy Statement SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths
Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards
Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition Scheduled rest periods and sleep arrangements. Search for “sleep.” 

Illness Prevention and Infectious Disease

Sanitizing and Disinfecting in Child Care
Sanitizing and disinfecting safely and effectively.

Oregon Child Care Food Handler Certification
Online Food Handler Certification

Immunizations and ALERT

ALERT IIS makes records available to health care providers; provides official records for school, child care, college and employment; and reminds individuals or parents when shots are due.

Oregon’s child care immunization law and rules

Oral Health

Oregon Oral Health Program
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

Mental-Behavioral Health

Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Oregon’s state agency administering programs for people with mental health conditions and developmental disabilities.

Nutrition and Healthy Weight Promotion

Child Care Wellness Warehouse
An online resource with evidence based tools, curricula, and sponsor-developed materials related to five key strategies.

Let’s Move Child Care!
Website of the Let’s Move! initiative for early care & education

Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University  

MyPyramid for Kids 2 to 6 years old

TV Parental Guidelines
Includes descriptions and explanations of ratings and other information in Spanish and English

Special Needs

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Information for early care and education providers

National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
NCCIC offers an array of information resources and for specific disabilities for early care and education providers.  Toll-free number 1-800-616-2242.

Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities - Inclusive Child Care Program 
The Inclusive Child Care Program helps lower-income working families of children with disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders or special health care needs. Services include a supplemental subsidy to help with higher-cost care.
Portland: 971-673-2286
Toll-free: 1-866-837-0250