Clean and Healthy New York and Child Care Council, Inc. recently announced a new partnership to educate child care providers in the Great Lakes basin about common toxic chemicals and how to choose safer products. Clean and Healthy New York received a two-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant for “Toxics Reduction through Day Care Provider Engagement” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Using the framework of the award-winning Eco-Healthy Child Care® program run by the national Children’s Environmental Health Network, the two organizations will reach out to all the child care providers in New York state’s Great Lakes basin, offering trainings and on-site technical assistance. The program goals are protecting children’s health by making their daily environment safer, while reducing use of chemicals prioritized by U.S. EPA through the agency’s Chemical Action Plans.
“Toxic chemicals, sadly, are nearly everywhere, including the child care setting,” said Katie Kelly, Program Coordinator for Clean and Healthy New York. “The good news is they don’t have to be, but avoiding them can be a challenge. This project is designed to protect children today in the child care setting while improving their environment for years to come by keeping toxic chemicals out of the Great Lakes basin.”