Daycare centers are a home-away-from-home for many children.  Providers, both in centers and in homes, can take simple steps to make daycare facilities more happy, healthy, safe, and green.

In fact, there’s are many  new initiative which offers daycare providers FREE training on how to “go green” and free marketing via their website.  To take part in their program, here’s what to do:

1)     Find the program that is right for you.

2)     Review the checklist.

3)     Complete the checklist.  Comply with at least 20 of the 25 checklist items, including the 2 required items necessary for endorsement.

4)     Verify your completed checklist.  Ask a non-employee witness to confirm the completion of tasks.

5)     Submit for endorsement.

Once endorsed, you will receive materials to display your commitment to maintaining an eco-healthy child care facility, including a placard, informative poster, and official letter of endorsement to frame & display.  Endorsed providers are listed on the Eco-Healthy Child Care website, which is visited by thousands of parents each year.

The checklist is broken down into 10 different categories, each focusing on a different aspect of safe & eco-friendly child care environments:

    1. Pesticides & Pest Prevention: Use non-toxic techniques both inside & out.  If pesticide is your only option, use the least toxic product at a time when children will not be exposed to the area for at least 12 hours.
    2. Air Quality:  No idling cars, no scented candles, no air fresheners, and no smoking anywhere on premises.
    3. Household Chemicals: Use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products, no aerosol sprays, and low-VOC latex paints.
    4. Lead: Use only cold water, follow lead paint guidelines, and do not use imported, old or handmade pottery to store, cook, or serve food or drinks.