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Health and Safety Resources
This section provides resources for keeping children healthy and safe.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    Provides information on an array of health related areas, including physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Back to Sleep Education Campaign
    Information for babies for parents, caregivers, and health care providers on safe sleeping practices
  • Five Steps to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care
    This brochure provides guidelines for families and consumers in choosing safe and healthy child care in various settings.
  • Crib Safety Tips
    A publication from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on crib safety
  • Healthy Child Care America
    A program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, that includes "BrightFutures/Child Care Health Partnership Handouts for Parents" that are based on the age of the child. Standards from Caring for our Children are also summarized.
  • Healthy Children
    Offers current health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content; Includes information related to child health, as well as guidance on parenting issues from leading child health experts.
  • YIKES Your inventory for Keeping Everyone Safe
    Planning Guide for Emergency Response Planning in Child Care A publication of Maine Department of Health and Human Services
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
    USDA Choose My Plate; Dietary Recommendation Resource
  • 5-2-1-0 -Let’s Go
    Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program implemented throughout Maine and in a few communities in neighboring states. We partner with schools, child care and out-of-school programs, healthcare practices and community organizations to change environments where children and families live, learn work and play. We developed 5-2-1-0 as the foundation for change.
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
    Provides health and safety resources for parents, child care providers, policymakers; publisher of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs
  • Safe Kids USA
    A nationwide network of organizations that works to prevent unintentional childhood injury of children ages 1 – 14; information on child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, fire and burn prevention, sports safety, product recalls, and blogs on special topics.
  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission
    The government agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products; provides the latest information on product recalls such as cribs and strollers. Consumers can sign up for e-mail alerts with the latest recalls.
  • Maine Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program
    Information about pertussis vaccine
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