What is the Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program?

We are a national program of the Children’s Environmental Health Network that partners with child care professionals to eliminate environmental hazards found in or around child care facilities. 

Creating safer and healthier child care settings--free of harmful environmental hazards--is key to protecting the safety and well-being of our nation’s children. Young children are the most vulnerable to toxic exposures.

There is a growing demand from parents for healthier and greener child care settings that reduce exposures to environmental health hazards.

We create healthier and eco-friendly child care facilities.

Eco-Healthy Child Care® runs an endorsement program for child care facilities. Join us and become an eco-healthy endorsed facility!  

We endorse facilities (center and family child care) who comply with 24 of 30 simple, free or low-cost environmentally healthy best practices found on our checklist. These eco-healthy changes immediately benefit the well-being of young children and create toxin-free early learning settings.  

Child care professionals care for our most vital resource, our children. By partnering with our nation’s caretakers and providing them with realistic and cost-effective strategies that can be implemented immediately, they will be equipped to create safer, healthier and greener early learning settings.

Child Care Providers Across the U.S. Support Our Endorsement Program.

"[The EHCC endorsement] is something that can make a big difference and is easily doable. The health and safety of children in my home is of utmost importance." --Eco-Healthy Child Care® Endorsed Child Care Provider

Read more about what child care providers are saying about us!

Eco-Healthy Child Care® is award-winning!

  • 2019 Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 2013 Inaugural Innovation Award from the National Environmental Health Association
  • 2009-2010 Childcare and School IPM Recognition Award from the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • 2006 Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, contact: ehcc@cehn.org or 202-543-4033 x 10


The Children's Environmental Health Network is not liable for any health and safety violation that may be witnessed at an Eco-Healthy Child Care® facility.  This program encourages best practices and policies.  It is the responsibility of each facility to follow the mandated child care licensing regulations within their respective state.