High quality child care is essential for our children, our families and our society.
Childhood care and education (CCE) enables children's parents to work, attend school, contribute to the well-being of their families and participate in their communities. Skilled child care providers play a key role in young children’s lives. Children's daily experiences have long-term effects, and children in safe and healthy environments are more likely to grow into healthy adults.
High quality care environments and skilled CCE providers can preserve, protect and promote children’s health through daily opportunities for healthy meals, regular physical activity, protection from communicable disease, and community connections to health insurance and routine health, mental health and dental care services.
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.
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.