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

When lead-based paint deteriorates, chips and dust settle onto surfaces that children can easily reach, such as windowsills and floors. Lead-contaminated dust is hazardous even if the particles are too small to see. Children may ingest or inhale this dust. 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-paint 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-paint resource from the Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care.

Lead-Safe Family Child Care Toolkit – Lead in Paint Policy

Lead in Paint Policy

Lead-Safe Family Child Care Toolkit – Lead in Paint Worksheet

Lead in Paint Worksheet

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: