Guidebook of national child care standards newly published

Date: Jul 27 2011

Third edition of “Caring for Our Children” includes new USDA food icon, updated standards

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Washington, D.C. – Every day millions of children are entrusted to providers of child care and early education programs. To offer the latest guidance to childhood caregivers, the comprehensive guidebook “Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, Third Edition,” is now available.

Jointly published by the American Public Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, these national standards represent the best evidence, expertise and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies that should be followed in today's early care and education settings. 

“APHA is pleased to have co-developed this new edition of ‘Caring for Our Children’ with updated standards that provide useful guidance to those responsible for early childhood care and education,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Ensuring that our children are appropriately cared for and equipped with the right building blocks to attain good health is crucial to their development and ability to thrive.”  

The standards support key national campaigns for early development of healthy lifestyle habits, including first lady Michele Obama's Let's Move! child obesity initiative. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Choose My Plate” food icon of dietary recommendations is also included in this revised edition, along with updated standards for childhood immunizations against infectious diseases.

The book stresses how health education for children is an investment in a lifetime of good health practices and contributes to a healthier childhood and adult life. 

“With childhood obesity on the rise, early care and education programs are the opportune time to begin the process of intervention,” said Krajicek, who is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The goal is to make an impact to prevent health problems such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease.”  

Funding for the project was provided by the Maternal and Child Care Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families.

Ordering Information: Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition, Item #978-158110483-7, 500 pages, softcover, $55.00 ($49.50 APHA member price) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail APHA press or visit the APHA Bookstore.

Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs.

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