Keeping kids green
Eco-health checklist helps childcare providers create safe environments
You may have created an environmentally friendly home environment for your young children, but how green is their day when they leave your eco-healthy environs and spend time with a child-care provider? The Oregon Environmental Council is spearheading a program to help provide some answers. The Eco-Healthy Childcare Checklist program provides a 25-step checklist for providers—addressing everything from air quality to non-toxic toys—to determine their space’s eco-healthiness and bring attention to areas needing improvement. Once the facility qualifies, it receives an endorsement certificate and is listed as an eco-healthy provider on the Web site (www.oeconline.org/our-work/kidshealth/ehcc). Copies of the checklist can be downloaded from the site, which also offers tips on how to address eco-health concerns.
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