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

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Much of our exposure comes from human activities, including the use of fossil fuels, the past use of leaded gasoline, some types of industrial facilities, and past use of lead-based paint in homes. Lead has been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics.

Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Infants drinking formula are in danger if the formula is made with lead-contaminated water. People may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil or from playing with toys with lead paint.

Scroll through the images below to view and download each resource in the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care.

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care – Flyer

Lead-Safe Home-Based Child Care Toolkit Flyer

Things We Do to Protect Children from Lead

Things We Do to Protect Children from Lead Poster

Lead Poisoning: 5 Things You Can Do to Help Lower Your Child's Lead Level

Lead Poisoning: 5 Things You Can Do to Help Lower Your Child’s Lead Level [CDC]

Lead Poisoning: Know the Facts

Lead Poisoning: Know the Facts [CDC]

Lead Poisoning Home Checklist

Lead Poisoning Home Checklist [EPA/NHSA]

Love Them, Protect-Them: How to Protect Your Children from Lead Poisoning

Love Them, Protect-Them: How to Protect Your Children from Lead Poisoning [NCH]

Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (2017 Edition)

Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home [EPA/CPSC/HUD]

About the Project

With funding from the JPB FoundationEco-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 family 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 is a work in progress, so additional resources will be added periodically. We’ll also conduct webinars to acquaint providers with the toolkit, provide technical assistance to answer provider questions about how best to adopt lead prevention policies, and 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.

Additional Resources

You may also want to visit these directories within the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care: