EHCC Additional Information and Resources


Air Quality


Factsheet Resources:

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools

Check the Air Quality Index for your Community: AIRNow or EnviroFlash

American Lung Association

EHCC FAQs on Fragrances; Pet Allergens; Candles

Additional Resources:

California Air Resources Board, School Health

Indoor Air Quality Issues for Child Care Facilities

Moms Clean Air Force Asthma E-Book

 

Arsenic: Treated Wood and Water


Factsheet Resources:

EPA: Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA)

EPA's "Arsenic in your drinking water" fact sheet

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Arsenic

Certifiers of Home Water Treatment Units: NSF International; Water Quality Association; Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Beyond Pesticides

EHCC FAQs on Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA)

Additional Resources:

Arsenic Home Testing - Center for Environmental Health 

 

Art Supplies


Factsheet Resources:

Art & Creative Materials Institute

Teacher's Classroom Checklist

Guidelines for the Safe Use of Art and Craft Materials

 

Asbestos


Factsheet Resources:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Asbestos

Environmental Protection Agency: Asbestos

EPA Asbestos Ombudsman Hotline: 1-800-368-5888 

Environmental Protection Agency: Asbestos in your Home

Environmental Protection Agency: Vermiculite

 

Built Environment


Factsheet Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Children's Health and the Built Environment

National Environmental Education Foundation's Children and Nature Initiative

Connecticut's SAFER program provides guidance on the siting of child care facilities

Natural Learning Initiative

National Center for Safe Routes to School

 

Furniture and Carpets


Factsheet Resources:

EPA: Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs)

Formaldehyde

Environmental Working Group Healthy Home Tips - Avoid Fire Retardants

PBDE-Free Manufacturer and Product List

EPA: Formaldehyde

EPA: Formaldehyde Chemical Summary

Certifiers of Products and Materials that have low emissions: Greenguard Environmental Institute

Indoor Advantage by Scientific Certification Systems

Eco-Healthy FAQs on Ceramic Tile

 

Household Chemicals


Factsheet Resources:

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition (CFOC3)

CERCH's Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education

Eco-Healthy FAQs on Fragrances

Bleach Solutions

Disinfecting and Sanitizing with Bleach- Guidelines for Mixing Bleach Solutions for Child Care and Similar Environments

Additional Resources:

How to Clean Your House without Hurting the Planet

Cleaning for Healthy Schools tool kit, National Collaborative Work Group on Green Cleaning and Chemical Policy Reform in Schools

Greener Disinfectants

 

Improving Nutrition and Promoting Physical Activity


Factsheet Resources:

American Academy of Pediatricians & American Heart Association. 2006. Dietary recommendations for children and adolescents: A guide for practitioners. Pediatrics 117(2)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Let's Move! Child Care

Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce: The Dirty Dozen

Farm to Preschool

Additional Resources:

The Organic Center's review of recent studies comparing phytochemical levels in organic versus conventional foods. Still No Free Lunch: Nutrient levels in US food supply eroded by pursuit of high yields

I am Moving, I am Learning - Head Start

MyPlate

Eco-Healthy FAQs on Mercury

Fish Consumption Advisories

 

Lead


Factsheet Resources:

EPA: Lead

EPA: Drinking water

EPA: Drinking water in Schools

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Lead Hotline - The National Lead Information Center: 1(800) 424-LEAD (5323)

Eco-Healthy Child Care® FAQs on Lead in Tap Water

Eco-Healthy Child Care® Checklist Resources

Protecting Children from Lead in Paint, Dust & Soil

Additional Resources:

List of EPA-accredited labs that perform water testing at the tap by state

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Healthy Toys

"The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right"

Lead-Safe Certified Firms

 

Making Celebrations Healthy


Factsheet Resources:

Let's Move! Child Care

Making Celebrations Healthy and Active

Children's story books, with holiday themes, for special celebrations

My Plate

Seasonal ideas for Healthy Celebrations

Sample grade school 'healthy celebration policy'

 

Mercury


Factsheet Resources:

U.S. EPA: mercury

CFL Cleanup

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: mercury

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Mercury Calculator for interpreting your fish choices

EPA: Fish Consumption Advisories

Eco-Healthy Child Care® FAQs on Mercury

Additional Resources:

EPA: Fish Consumption Advice

Mercury spills, cleanup and disposal

Mercury in Fish and Shellfish

Mercury in the Environment

Montery Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Toxipedia Mercury

Mercury in Schools

National Mercury Reduction Programs Database

The Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research & Outreach

KidSafe Seafood, a program of SeaWeb

 

Noise Pollution


Factsheet Resources:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Noise Pollution Clearinghouse1-888-200-8332

NoiseOff

World Heath Organization: Guidelines for Community Noise

How to test noise levels in an empty classroom

 

Pesticides and Pest Management


Factsheet Resources:

Healthy Child Care - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - IPM Training

IPM Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs (Free!)

Look for Certified PMPs at one of these sites: Green Shield Certified, Green Pro, or Eco-Wise

Additional Resources:

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

Beyond Pesticides

UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

California School Integrated Pest Management Program

Resource Guide for Integrated Pest Management in Schools/Childcares

Environmental Working Group's Shopper's guide to pesticides in produce

State laws regarding pesticide use in school settings

Pesticide Action Network of North American (PANNA)

Integrated Pest Management: A Curriculum for Early Care and Education Programs

EHCC FAQs on Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

 

Plastics


Factsheet Resources:

EPA Information for Parents and Providers about Plastics in Child Care Settings

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Styrene

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Bisphenol A

Smart Plastics Guide for Parents and Children

EHCC FAQs on Phthalates/BPA; Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
 

Radon


Factsheet Resources:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Radon

National Safety Council

National Environmental Health Association: Radon Mitigation Providers by Area

National Radon Safety Board: Find a Professional

National Radon Program Services1-800-SOS-RADON

 

Recycling


Factsheet Resources:

EPA: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Eco Tips

Freecycle

The Story of Stuff

Additional Resources:

EPA: Municipal Solid Waste

Californians Against Waste

LEED by the US Green Building Council