About the Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program


What is the Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program?

Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) is a national program that partners with child care professionals to eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards found within or around child care facilities. Forty-two percent of young children spend at least 35 hours a week in some form of child care. And emerging science is linking chemicals commonly found in child care settings to asthma, lower IQ, and developmental disabilities. 

Join us as we work to improve the environmental health of child care facilities!

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It's simple! Here’s how it works.

The EHCC program endorses child care facilities (center and family child care) who comply with 24 of 30 simple, free or low-cost environmental health best practices. These changes immediately benefit the well-being of young children. 

EHCC also offers child care providers training and marketing via our website, newsletters and social media outlets. We work hard to get providers the credit and support they deserve.  

 As one endorsed provider states, "[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." Click HERE to read more provider comments on the value of EHCC endorsement.

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The EHCC Checklist

The checklist provides 30 easy-to-follow steps to reduce environmental health hazards in your child care facility. Child care providers who comply with 24 of these steps can become EHCC endorsed. 

**Download the UPDATED 2018 EHCC English/Spanish checklist.

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E-Learning Course

Take EHCC's Protecting Children's Environmental Health E-Course to learn easy, low cost tips for reducing environmental hazards in your child care facility. The course is interactive and engaging and it is only $30. Register today. 

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Eco-Healthy Hot Tips

Receive monthly Eco-Healthy Hot Tips from EHHC by clicking HERE!

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Fact Sheets & FAQs on Share My Lesson

EHCC's Fact Sheets and FAQs are now available on the American Federation of Teacher's Share My Lesson site for viewing and sharing.


EHCC National Advisory Committee and Science Task Force

The EHCC National Advisory Committee (NAC) and EHCC Science Task Force provide guidance and scientific support to the EHCC program.  Since 2008, the NAC has ensured the growth, development, and rapid adoption of the EHCC program. Leaders of both state and national child care agencies and national children’s environmental health organizations comprise this committee. EHCC’s Science Task Force, a committee of nationally renowned pediatricians, toxicologists, and other children’s environmental health experts, provide advice on the EHCC curriculum and related resources with regard to the latest scientific research. Click here to view our NAC members, and here to view our Science Task Force members.

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It’s award-winning!

Recipient of the Inaugural Innovation Award by the National Environmental Health Association, 2013.

Recipient of the Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award in 2006 from the U.S. EPA.

Recipient of the 2009-2010 Childcare and School IPM Recognition Award from the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

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It’s easy to be Eco-Healthy!

That’s why more than 2,200 child care facilities serving thousands of children in the U.S., Canada and Australia have already been Eco-Healthy Child Care® endorsed!

For more information, contact:

Eco-Healthy Child Care®  at ehcc@cehn.org 

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 Eco-Healthy Child Care® is a program of the Children's Environmental Health Network originally created by the Oregon Environmental Council. 

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 basic child care licensing and rating standards. 

The Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) provides these resources, or links to these resources or to other websites, only as a convenience. CEHN does not control, sponsor or endorse, and is not affiliated or associated with, the linked sites or resources. These linked sites and resources are not maintained by CEHN, and CEHN is not responsible for, and disclaims any liability for, the availability or contents of any such site or resource. The existence of a link or reference to any such site or resource should not be viewed as an endorsement, sponsorship or approval of that site or resource by CEHN.