Thirty years of protecting children's health from environmental hazards

Join the Children's Environmental Health Network for a celebration of how far we've come in the past three decades, and rally together to make the next thirty years even safer, healthier, and brighter for our children.

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Celebrate with us at our 30th Anniversary Gala!
A night of revelry with dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and ample time to network with other children's environmental health advocates.
Friday, October 14, 2022 | St. Francis Hall, Washington DC

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See How Far We've Come

See what a difference thirty years makes: check out our timeline of children's environmental health accomplishments.

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Looking forward

Help CEHN continue to make the world safer and healthier for our children: join the Anniversary fundraiser, running Earth Day (April 22) 2022 through the end of the year. Complete challenges each month and be entered to win eco-healthy prizes! 

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CEHN's 30th Anniversary Gala

Friday, October 14 | 6 pm 
5 pm VIP Cocktail Hour Tickets Available
St. Francis Hall  | 1340 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017 

Join us for a night of community, conversation, and celebration. This event will feature a catered dinner and live music, as well as a silent auction and raffle.  Partygoers may purchase individual tickets, tables, and/or VIP cocktail hour tickets.

The cocktail hour will highlight notable leaders in the field, winners of the 2022 Child Health Advocate Awards. Purchasing special cocktail hour tickets will allow guests additional and more private time to network with these outstanding changemakers. 

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For More Info: 202-543-4033 ext 13 | hannahw@cehn.org
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30 Years of Protecting Children's Health

Our History

1990

Education & Training

Created first pediatric environmental health curriculum (1990). Updated the curriculum and instructional tools (2014). To date, it has been downloaded thousands of times from CEHN’s website.

1992

CEHN Founded

1992

Policy

The vision that CEHN outlined for addressing children’s issues — Federal interagency coordination, EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, research centers on children’s environmental health, and the National Children’s Study – have all become reality.

1993

Research

Sponsored first research workshop on children’s environmental health, bringing together researchers from different disciplines to undertake the challenge of merging pediatric and environmental research. The results of the workshop identified specific data gaps and specific research needs in the field.

1994

Research

Sponsored first national symposium on children’s environmental health titled “Preventing Child Exposures to Environmental Hazards: Research and Policy Issues,” which created a basic policy and research framework for children’s environmental health and galvanized interest at the national level.

1996

Education & Training

Conducted first training of pediatric health professionals at the Ambulatory Pediatric Association Annual Meeting.

1996

Policy

Pushed for the effective implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act, a pesticide reform bill that improved the protection of children

1997

Education & Training

Published first Resource Guide on Children’s Environmental Health

1997

Research

Organized the national research conference titled “Children’s Environmental Health: Research, Practice, Prevention and Policy,” that focused on five key research priority areas in the field of children’s environmental health: asthma and respiratory diseases; childhood cancer; endocrine disorders; neurodevelopmental effects; and cross-cutting issues.

1998

Policy

Worked to halt the repeal of the Food Quality Protection Act. 

1999

Research

Held the first pediatric environmental health conference tailored for health care providers and faculty titled “Pediatric Environmental Health: Putting It Into Practice” in San Francisco.

2000

Education & Training

Performed outreach to key health professional organizations and trained over 500 health care providers and public health leaders on effective engagement on children’s health, environmental justice, and the linkages between exposure to environmental hazards and the health and welfare of children.

2001

Research

Held the first pediatric environmental health conference tailored for health care providers and faculty titled “Pediatric Environmental Health: Putting It Into Practice” in San Francisco.

2004

Policy

Identified unethical industry testing of pesticides on humans.

2004

Research

Organized a “Workshop on Ethical Issues in Children’s Environmental Health Research”.

2004

Education & Training

Launched the first national environmental health training and assessment pilot program for child care providers/administrators, the Healthy Environments for Child Care and Preschools (HECCP) program.  The HECCP trained more than 1,200 child care professionals in California, Georgia, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

2006

Leadership

Established the annual Child Health Advocate Awards

2008

Policy

Secured research funds for the child care environment.  

2008

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Endorsed as “eco-healthy” over 3,000 child care facilities, serving over 80,000 children within 49 states, 6 Canadian provinces, 5 Australian states, and Puerto Rico since 2008.

2010

Education & Training

Began managing the national Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program (EHCC), the only national training, assessment and endorsement program for child care facilities on eco-healthy best practices.

2011

Leadership

Established CEHN as a key national leader on climate change and children’s health

2012

Research

Hosted premier pediatric epigenetics research conference, “The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health”

2012

Policy

Highlighted for policy makers the need to consider children in emerging issues such as climate change and reforming how we regulate chemicals.

2013

Leadership

Established CEHN as a key leader on water quality, health, equity, and access through the Clean Water for All coalition

2014

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Worked with the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education to create an Environmental Health Standards collection. The collection includes 123 nationally recognized health and safety standards that have the greatest impact on environmental health in early care and education settings.

2015

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Maryland incorporated the EHCC program into their state Quality Rating Improvement System, Maryland EXCELS, by offering an Eco-Friendly Achievement Program “Eco-Friendly” badge for licensed child care facilities

2015

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Provided the EHCC train-the-trainer course in 33 states + Puerto Rico. Over 86% of participants feel the comprehensive training was “extremely effective” at equipping them to become successful environmental health advocates.

2015

Research

Hosted research conference, “Children: Food and Environment”

2015

Leadership

Developed a renewed vision and blueprint for the field of Children’s Environmental Health

2015

Leadership

Established CEHN as a key leader in cancer prevention through the Cancer Free Economy Network

2016

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Collaborated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children to update their Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria. 31 new indicators focused on environmental health were generated and released

2016

Leadership

Launched Children’s Environmental Health Day and re-affirmed the Children’s Environmental Health Movement

2017

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Began to provide support and assistance to 25 state health departments in implementing the “Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education” guidance (continues today).

2017

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Launched an e-learning course approved for adult learning clock hours in 48 states

2017

Research

Hosted research conference, “Children’s Environmental Health Translational Research Conference: New Challenges”

2018

Leadership

Released the report, “Children’s Environmental Health Indicators: A Summary & Assessment”

2018

Policy

Appointed to Maryland’s Children’s Environmental Health Protection Advisory Committee (the only such state advisory committee).

2019

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

Launched a first of its kind online Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care in collaboration with the National Association for Family Child Care and the National Center for Healthy Housing

2019

Leadership

Began development and release of children’s environmental health profiles for each state

2020

Policy

Developed a Children’s Environmental Health Voter Guide

2020

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

The Association for Early Learning Leaders, a child care accreditation body adopted many of EHCC’s environmental health best practices into their standards

2020

Leadership

Partnered on the release of the first Childhood Cancer Prevention Report

2021

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) Program

The state of Utah recognized the Eco-Healthy Child Care® program in its Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). It is one of only four external endorsements that is being used for the state’s QRIS.

2022

Work Force Development

More than 100 staff, fellows, and graduate student assistants received on-the-job and hands-on education in the field of children’s environmental health as CEHN staff and volunteers.

2022

Leadership

Partnered on the release of the first Childhood Cancer Prevention Report
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Children’s Environmental Health Network is celebrating three decades of protecting children’s health and the environment this year! Thank you for being a part of our community, and for your support- our work wouldn’t be possible without you!

Looking forward, we believe that an even healthier, brighter future is possible for our children. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go before all children have a healthy environment to thrive in. We’re ready to continue to promote sound public health and child-focused national policy, stimulate prevention-oriented research, educate health professionals, policymakers, and community members, and elevate public awareness of environmental hazards to children.

We need your help to do it. Please consider joining our 30th Anniversary Fundraiser-beginning on Earth Day 2022 and running through the end of the year!

Getting started is easy and fun. We'll give you all the tools you'll need to make a difference- from tips to getting started to email templates and social media posts to encourage your friends, family, and community to donate or start their own fundraising page. Each month until December, we'll also send out an email newsletter with a monthly children's environmental health theme, resources, and challenges. Complete challenges each month and be entered to win prizes.

When you create a personal fundraiser page today for Children's Environmental Health Network, you'll help create a healthier, brighter future for our children.

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