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

Lead can be absorbed (“leached”) into drinking water when plumbing materials that contain lead corrode. The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead service lines, lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures. There is NO safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Even very low levels can cause brain damage, lowered IQ, and behavior problems.

Below is a lead-in-drinking-water policy you can adopt for your business, along with a worksheet to help you, step by step, as you set this policy into action. Scroll through the images below to view and download each lead-in-water resource from the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care.

Lead-Safe Family Child Care Toolkit – Lead in Drinking Water Policy

Lead in Drinking Water Policy

Lead-Safe Family Child Care Toolkit – Lead in Drinking Water Worksheet

Lead in Drinking Water Worksheet

A Consumer Tool for Identifying Point of Use (POU) Drinking Water Filters Certified to Reduce Lead

A Consumer Tool for Identifying Point of Use (POU) Drinking Water Filters Certified to Reduce Lead [EPA]

About the Project

With funding 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 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: