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Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Child Care

According the census data, over 32 million children participated regularly in childcare in 2011. Of those 12.5% were preschoolers. Almost 90% of preschool children with employed moms are in a child care setting, spending on average 36 hours a week in child care. Even preschool aged children of non-employed mothers spend approximately 21 hours per week in a child care setting (US Census, 2013). Given the amount of time young children spend away from home in a childcare environment, it is essential that these care facilities not only provide a safe environment for children to grow, learn, and play, but also a healthy environment. It is also vital the caregivers understand the connection between health and the childcare environment in order to provide the healthiest environment for those in their care.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • Principles of a healthy environment
  • Potential indoor environmental hazards for children (including mold, asthma triggers, lead, and other issues)
  •  Action steps to reduce environmental hazards and keep children healthy in child care


This 60-minute webinar is intended for professionals who work with, or care for, young children in a childcare facility or home care.


This is an introductory-level webinar. It is intended for professionals who are just learning about healthy environments in child care, or who are looking for a review of basic concepts.

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