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(latest update: December 24, 2008)

Good Oral Health
in Child Care
is Essential!

Check out the National Resource Center’s Parent’s Checklist for Good Dental Health Practices in Child Care in English and Spanish. The checklist helps parents identify policies and practices that promote good dental health for their young children in child care/early education settings. Providers and consultants can also use it as an assessment tool on what practices are carried out well and what needs to be improved. Topics covered include:
  • Foods and liquids good for oral health
  • Brushing
  • Preventing tooth decay
  • Safety issues
  • Dental emergencies

Additional dental resources that may be of interest:

New/revised state child care regulations posted on the NRC website during the month of December:

Effective Date
Child Day Care Center and Group Day Care Homes (19a-79-1a through 19a-79-13) 11/06/2008

Effective Date
Child Care Manual 9/10/2008

Effective Date
Chapter 170-295 Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Day Care Centers 5/31/2008
Chapter 170-296 Child Care Business Regulations for Family Home Child Care 5/31/2008
Chapter 170-151 School Age Child Care Center Minimum Licensing Requirements 5/31/2008

Welcome to the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC)

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The National Resource Center is located at the University of Colorado Denver in Denver, Colorado, and is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, HRSA. The NRC's primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.

The standard resource for information concerning this subject is the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs, Second Edition published in January 2002. The guidelines were developed through the collaborative efforts of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The entire text of this publication is available on this website.

Each state manages licensure of child care settings in different ways. The licensure regulations from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also available on this Website. The NRC updates this database as changes are made.

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Key Resources:
    Caring for Our Children,
    Second Edition
    Healthy Kids, Healthy Care
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    Stepping Stones to Using
    Caring for Our Children

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    Early Learning Guidelines
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    Regulation Information
    A–Z Child Care
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    A Parent's Guide
     to Choosing Child Care
    13 Indicators
    of Quality Child Care
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For Regulators
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