Healthier Child Care in New York State

The first years of a child’s life can have a profound effect on their future development and health. Child care providers can be active partners with families to minimize contact with toxic chemicals, but it isn’t always obvious where they lurk, or how to avoid them.  We partner with Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to educate child care providers in the Great Lakes Basin, Southern Tier, and Capital Region about common toxic chemicals and how to choose safer products.  Thus far, we have trained over 700 providers from 300 facilities.  

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Learn more about our program to reduce toxic chemicals in child care settings.

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What are retailers who sell products just for child care providers doing to screen out harmful chemicals? The Getting Ready for Baby campaign surveyed them, and here are the results!

Looking for easy steps you can take to make your home, child care facility, or school safer and healthier? Check out our tips! Learn about specific issues, and steps you can take right away.

This handy checklist is designed for people starting a new child care program, but it is chock-full of simple changes you can make in an up-and-running program.  Learn how to avoid toxic chemicals in furnishings, building materials, toys, art suppllies and more.

With funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CHNY trained nearly 500 child care providers to reduce or avoid toxic chemicals over two years.  Here's what happened.

Fact sheets, recipes, hand outs, and tools for creating a healthier environment for child care.

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