The Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care

COVID-19: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Center for Healthy Housing has curated a page of resources to assist with the challenges created by COVID-19, including some that may be useful to child care providers.

Welcome to the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care! This toolkit was designed to provide home-based child care providers with resources and strategies to ensure the safety of their child care facilities. The toolkit is divided into four main categories – paint, drinking water, soil, and consumer products – plus a general resources section. Each of the four categories contains a sample policy you can adopt for your business and share with your clients, along with a worksheet to help you set the policy into action, one step at a time. Each worksheet gives you valuable information about the importance of ensuring that homes are lead-safe, gives approximate costs of measures to reduce lead exposure, and provides links to resources and contacts you can consult as you implement the policy.

This toolkit is a work in progress, so check back to view the additional resources as we add them in the near future.

WEBINAR SERIES

Join us on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 PT) for Lead in Water, the second session in our new webinar series. Register for Lead in Water here.

Session one, Lead in Paint, is now available on YouTube. (You don’t have to watch the webinars in order.)

Future sessions: Register for Lead in Soil here and Lead in Consumer Products here.

Click each image below to view and download the toolkit resources pertaining to the respective topic. 

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: Lead in Paint

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: Lead in Drinking Water

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: Lead in Soil

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: Lead in Consumer Products

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: General Lead Resources

Get the Lead Safety Poster

Let your clients know that your child care business is committed to protecting children from lead exposure by downloading, printing, and displaying our poster, Things We Do to Protect Children from Lead.

Things We Do to Protect Children from Lead

Download this poster and display it at your child care facility.

When you click the poster image (left), the poster will open in a new tab. You can then download the file and email it to the printer of your choice. Be sure to display the poster prominently in your child care home and share the policy documents found in the toolkit with your child care families.

About This Project

With support from the JPB Foundation, Eco-Healthy Child Care® (a national program of the Children’s Environmental Health Network), the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the National Center for Healthy Housing have partnered to help home-based child care providers eliminate lead in their home environments by developing the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care.

The Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care includes policies and worksheets for lead in paint, drinking water, soil, and consumer products. Future additions to the toolkit will include a series of webinars to acquaint home-based child care providers with the toolkit and provide technical assistance about how to adopt lead prevention policies most effectively. We’ll also post testimonies from home-based child care providers, sharing their experiences as they work to protect the children in their care and their own families from lead hazards.