- General Resources
- Subject Matter Resources
- Child Maltreatment
- Children with Special Health Care Needs and Inclusion
- Chronic Disease
- Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
- Environmental Health
- Infectious Disease
- Nutrition and Healthy Weight
- Outdoor Learning Environments
- Safety and Injury Prevention
- Social and Emotional Health
- Staff Health and Wellness
- Caring for Our Children (CFOC4)
National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 4th Edition. CFOC4 is a collection of 650+ national standards that represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies recommended for early care and education settings. The full document and a searchable database are available.
- Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. Children experiencing homelessness are automatically eligible for Head Start. The ECLKC is a website for the early learning community with the predominant target users being Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.
- Early Head Start (EHS) Programs
EHS programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, and pregnant women. They provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.
- Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) provides health professional consultation, training, and technical assistance to improve early childhood education programs in Pennsylvania, as well as many of training materials they’ve developed for child care.
- National Association for Family Child Care
NAFCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC)
Information and resources to promote health and safety for young children in early care and education settings throughout the nation.
- North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE)
The mission of the Divsion is to implement quality standards, increase access for families, and collaborate to promote enhanced service delivery of care and education across the state.
- North Carolina Child Care Regulations
Included are North Carolina’s: Chapter 110 General Statutes (Law) for Child Care Facilities, Chapter 9 Child Care Rules, and Section .2800 Sanitation of Child Care Centers.
- North Carolina Child Care Regulations
- North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project
Collaborative project between the NC Division of Child Development and other institutions of higher education across the state. NCRLAP’s purpose is to conduct voluntary assessments for child care centers and homes attempting to earn three or more stars within the NC Star Rated License system.
- Office of Child Care
The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
An organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
- Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
- Bright Futures
National health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Federal agency that provides information to enhance health decisions. The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
- KidsHealth from the Nemours Foundation
Doctor-Approved Health Information about Children from before Birth through Adolescence
- Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Milestones matter! CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program encourages parents and providers to learn the signs of healthy development, monitor every child’s early development, and take action when there is a concern.
- Milestone Tracker Mobile App
Track a child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years, get tips from CDC on child development, and more.
- Milestone Tracker Mobile App
- Monthly National Health Observances Toolkits
From the National Health Information Center the observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns.
- North Carolina Division of Public Health: Women’s and Children’s Health Section
The mission of the Women’s and Children’s Health Section (WCH) is to assure, promote and protect the health and development of families with emphasis on women, infants, children and youth. WCH programs place a major emphasis on the provision of preventive health services beginning in the pre-pregnancy period and extending throughout childhood.
- Physical Health
Resources for early care and education programs that promote physical health, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
Data and Research
- Child Care Statistical Report
The Statistical Summary Report is a two-page monthly overview compiling child care licensing data for all types of care, subsidized child care expenditures, and waiting list information statewide
- Child Health Data
Easily accessible national, state, and regional data from large, population-based surveys. Data are collected from parents and thus contribute a much needed voice in the drive to improve the quality of health care for children and youth.
- Child Trends
The nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. Child Trends conducts rigorous research, and provides analyses and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families.
Subject Matter Resources
- NC Child
The mission of NC Child is to advance public policies that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children. The organization works statewide to ensure all children are healthy, safe, well-educated, and economically secure by engaging communities, and informing and influencing decision-makers.
- NC Early Childhood Foundation
The goal of the NC Early Childhood Foundation is to marshal North Carolina’s great people, ideas and achievements to build a foundation of opportunity and success for every child by the end of third grade.
- Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is the only statewide organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Children with Special Health Care Needs and Inclusion
- Americans with Disabilities Act
Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Answers from the U.S. Department of Justice to some of the most frequently asked questions about the ADA
- Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Children with Special Health Care Needs Helpline
The Help Line is an information and referral Help Line for those living with, caring for and concerned about a child with special health care needs. Callers can learn about health care programs as well as funding resources available to North Carolina residents.
- Council for Exceptional Children
The mission of CEC is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
- Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
Training and technical assistance resources from Head Start’s ECLKC available that offer guidance for early educators and promote early childhood development, teaching, and learning for children with disabilities.
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
ECTAC supports efforts to improve service systems and assist states in scaling up and sustaining effective services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
- Family Support Network of North Carolina
The mission of Family Support Network of North Carolina is to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.
- Head Start Center for Inclusion
The goal of the Center is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. Visit the Center for training materials, tools for caregivers/teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
- National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
NPDCI workd with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.
- North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program / Early Intervention Branch
The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Research shows that this time period is critical. It offers a window of opportunity to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns. Sixteen Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Allergy and Immunology
The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology is to ensure that pediatric-aged patients receive the highest quality of care in allergy, asthma, and immunology. Educational information and resources provided.
- American Diabetes Association (ADA) For Parents & Kids
Nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Basics of diabetes treatment for children is covered, including diabetes care at school.
- Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood. Children with CP and their families need support. Learn more about CP from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and what signs to look for in young children.
- Epilepsy Foundation
The goal of the Epilepsy Foundation is to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services. Programs include activities in schools designed to educate the next generation of Americans about epilepsy — with the goal to eliminate stigma and discrimination. Programs are also focused on improving epilepsy treatment for persons with epilepsy of all ages, including emphasis on youth and seniors.
- Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
The mission of FARE is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies. Guidance provided for managing food allergies in child care and school settings.
- National Diabetes Education Program
Federally sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Schools and Childcare Settings
10 tips and additional resources to assist children and youth and their families keep asthma under control, both in and out of the classroom (and child care facility)
- North Carolina Asthma Program
Information for Healthcare Professionals, including Asthma Curriculum for Child Care Providers
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Asthma
EPA promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. Their purpose is to build knowledge and awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with asthma.
Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Children and Disasters
Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children’s Needs ~ Pediatricians can serve as expert advisors to local, state, and federal agencies and committees and play a key role in disaster and terrorism preparedness with families, children, and their communities.
- American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers resources to help families prepare for natural and human-caused disasters. Resource materials available that can be used to help children in school and home settings to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, respond safely to emergencies and recover from trauma.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
- Emergency Preparedness Tip Sheets
Tip sheets posted on the Head Start ~Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) that focus on children’s responses to crises and tragic events, as well as ways to help children cope. The resources are available in both Spanish and English.
- Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual (2015 Edition)
The Office of Head Start developed the Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition to provide Head Start programs with the latest tools and resources to guide their emergency preparedness planning process.
- Keeping Kids Safe From Fire
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep children safe from fire. Explore materials to learn more about discussing fire safety for children with parents, teachers and other caregivers.
Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
- What Happened to the World?
Resources and materials from Bright Horizons Family Solutions on children and stress, including suggestions of ways to support children during difficult times.
- Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
CEHN is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.
- Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG is the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization with a mission to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get facts in order to make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment.
- Healthy Child Care
A resource from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for early educators, families and government organizations. Information, resources, and training curricula on asthma, lead, mold, plastics, pesticides, tobacco smoke, and additional environmental health topics.
- “Henry the Hand”
Handwashing program with the vision of improving health by raising awareness of the role our hands play in the transmission of disease.
- Household Products Database
The database links over 16,000 consumer brands to health effects from Safety Data Sheets (formerly Material Safety Data Sheets), provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
- North Carolina Children’s Environmental Health Unit
The CEHU includes three programs that provide guidance and resources on the health of children in North Carolina. The programs are the Child Care Sanitation (CCS) Program, NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), and the School Sanitation Program.
- North Carolina Healthy Homes
Healthy Homes provides general information to the public on healthy homes issues, such as asbestos, chemical irritants, lead, mold and moisture, pests and pesticides, radon, and secondhand smoke.
Information and Resources from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Reduce Risk of Poisoning Incidents
- Protecting Children’s Environmental Health
Learn more from the United States Environmental Protection Agency about children’s health, the environment, and how to protect children’s environmental health.
- The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
- Toxic Free Kids
A program of Toxic Free NC, Toxic Free Kids works with families, child care providers, schools and pest control companies to reduce the amount of pesticides and toxic substances that are used in the places where children live, learn, play and grow. Toxic-Free Kids provides resources for child care providers, including information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
- 2019 Child, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules
Immunization Schedules and Tools for Health Care Professionals and Easy-to-Read Schedules for Everyone.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization
Provides a directory of national AAP immunization activities and contact information to assist pediatricians and healthcare professionals in answering immunization related questions. Immunization information for parents and clinicians provided.
- CDC National Immunization Program (NIP)
A disease-prevention program, NIP provides leadership for the planning, coordination, and conduct of immunization activities nationwide.
- Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler
Tool determines the vaccines a child six years or younger needs and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule.
- Immunize NC – Child Care Facilities
Immunization Information for Early Childhood Programs in North Carolina
- Immunize NC!
The North Carolina Immunization Branch promotes public health through the identification and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, hepatitis B, measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, rubella (German measles), and mumps.
- Vaccinations for Adults
Flyer from the Immunization Action Coalition outlines vaccinations that adults may need and why.
- Why Immunize?
Information and resources from The Arizona Partnership for Immunization.
- CDC Seasonal Flu Information
Information about the flu which is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk of serious flu complications.
Information, in English and Spanish, from North Carolina Flu Preparedness. The site lists things that can be done to prevent individuals from catching or spreading seasonal flu. Helpful factsheets and North Carolina contact information is also provided.
Nutrition and Healthy Weight
- 2017 New Meal Patterns
Revised meal patterns for child care centers and family child care homes.
- Be Active Kids
Be Active Kids is a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation. This health program for children ages birth to five is available to adults working in child care centers, child care homes, and schools across North Carolina.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public’s health and preventing and controlling obesity and chronic diseases.
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
CACFP provides nutritious meals to more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults who receive daily care outside of their homes.
- Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina
A statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.
- Farm to Preschool Network (NC)
The Network connects, educates, develops and shares resources between community and state partners, farmers, early childhood educators and families to spark the local foods movement in early childhood education environments.
- Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Guide
CACFP supports child care providers in implementing the CACFP infant meal pattern requirements and best practices for infant feeding. The guide provides information on: Infant meal pattern, developmental readiness for solid foods, hunger and fullness signs and handling and storing breast milk and infant formula.
Food and Nutrition Information Center
FNIC at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.
- Go NAP SACC!
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, or NAP SACC program, works with early care and education programs to set preschool children on a lifelong path to healthy eating and activity.
- Head Start Nutrition
Resources for early care and education programs that promote healthy nutrition, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Future
Healthy Kids, Healthy Future encourages and supports child care and early education providers to make positive changes in their programs in order to work toward a healthier future for children.
- Healthy Meals Resource System
The Healthy Meals Resource System, as USDA’s Training and Technical Assistance Component, assists state and local school food service and child care programs in meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Training materials available for child care programs.
- Infant Nutrition and Feeding Guide
This handbook for staff who provide nutrition education and counseling to the parents and caregivers of at-risk infants who participate in the WIC Program
- North Carolina Nutrition Services Branch
The Nutrition Services Branch promotes sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status.
Gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.
Outdoor Learning Environments
- Children and Nature Network
Created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature, the Child and Nature Network provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being.
- Connecting Kids and Nature
Information, tools, and inspiration provided to motivate caregivers and families to get children and themselves outside.
- NC Office of Environmental Education
Clearinghouse linking people to environmental education materials, facilities, programs and professionals across North Carolina
- National Program for Playground Safety
The National Program for Playground Safety serves as a national resource for the latest educational and research information on playground safety.
- Head Start, Nature-Based Learning and Development
Examples of Head Start and Early Head Start centers who have found a way to include nature in their daily lives.
- North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition
The NC Children and Nature Coalition’s goals are to get children and their families to explore, embrace and spend more time outdoors.
- Safe Kids Playground Safety
Safety Tips, Resources, and Research Papers from Safe Kids Worldwide
- The Natural Learning Initiative
The Natural Learning Initiative promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – Playgrounds
Safety Alerts, Playground Safety Guides, and Additional Resources on Playgrounds in English and Spanish
Safety and Injury Prevention
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats Information for Families
Information on How to Use Car Safety Seats and Seat Belts Correctly
- Buckle Up North Carolina
The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Resource Center provides information on the use of child safety seats and seat belts, occupant restraint laws in North Carolina, as well as training opportunities and statewide resources/contacts.
- Children’s Safety Network: National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
Resource Center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in state health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents.
- Crib Information Center
Resources, recalls, safety news, regulations and standards related to cribs, bassinets or play yards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Head Start Safety Practices
Resources for early care and education programs that promote safety, from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), Early Childhood Health and Wellness.
- National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is committed to prevent shaken baby syndrome and promote the well-being of infants through the development and implementation of programs, policy and research; and to support and educate families, caregivers and professionals.
- National Safety Council
The NSC has the mission to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
- Poisonous Plants of North Carolina
Provides a listing by common and scientific name of many of the poisonous plants found in North Carolina, as well as a Poisonous Plant Resource Sheet for Child Care Providers
A ‘one stop shop’ for U.S. government recalls. This online resource provides the latest recall information, a method to report a dangerous product, important safety tips.
- Safe Kids USA
National non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury – the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.
- Safe Kids North Carolina
The mission of Safe Kids NC is to reduce and prevent accidental childhood injuries birth through age 14.
- Safe Kids North Carolina
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Information, resources, and publications available for families, early educators, and health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.
Social and Emotional Health
- 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development
The revised Foundations spans birth to age 5 and includes goals, developmental indicators, and strategies in five developmental domains.
- Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health
Addresses the mental health of children in a developmental context, presenting information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and providing a tool kit with hands on tools for health professionals and families for use in screening, care management, and health education.
- Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
The Center gathers in one place a wide range of materials that address the needs of Head Start staff and families for practical guidance on effective ways to promote young children’s social and emotional development, and reduce challenging behaviors.
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
A Resource Collection on Trauma-Informed Care
- Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
- Developmental Milestones
Pathways outlines developmental milestones that children typically reach from birth through their third birthday. Milestones are sorted by age and topic (motor, sensory, communication, and feeding).
- Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child ~Early Childhood Mental Health
The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.
- Head Start – Mental Health
Social and emotional development resources from the Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center.
- Healthy Social Behaviors Initiative
The Healthy Social Behaviors (HSB) Project was designed to assist teachers and technical assistance specialists in addressing challenging behaviors and in creating a proactive environment to ensure that children have developed the social-emotional competencies needed prior to entering school in order to succeed.
- Zero to Three
Information provided for parents and professionals to promote the healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.
Staff Health and Wellness
- 2019 Recommended Immunizations for Adults
Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2018.
- Childcare Worker Safety
Information for childcare workers to help them pay attention to their own safety in the workplace while nurturing children.
- Staff Health in Early Care and Education Programs
This document describes the major occupational hazards in early care and education programs and how to identify opportunities to promote staff health in the areas of nutrition and physical fitness.
- Active Supervision
Active supervision is a strategy that can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact sheet from Head Start explains what active supervision is and how to use it in early care and education programs.
- Reflective Supervision
Reflective supervision promotes and supports the development of a relationship-based organization. The three building blocks of reflective supervision, reflection, collaboration, and regularity, are outlined on Zero to Three’s website.