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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.

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...

Download OKHS Marketing Cards

Flu season is here again

Get information and resources on preventing the spread of flu for child care and families.

PediaLink Online Course: Influenza Prevention and Control in Early Education and Child Care

This FREE online course educates staff who work in Head Start and other early education and child care programs about influenza policies and strategies that help keep children healthy.

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.

Visit the documentary website to preview the series.​